Fulham are to turn their attentions to Cardiff City's Dave Jones after their preferred choice as manager, Martin Jol, performed a U-turn yesterday and decided to stay with Ajax.
Jol's change of heart has left Fulham high and dry. The west London club have been without a manager for three weeks since Roy Hodgson took over at Liverpool and are keen to have a replacement in place as soon as possible.
Jones is believed to be the preferred choice of many of the Fulham players, after performing well in testing circumstances. He took Cardiff to the verge of the Premier League last season, losing 3-2 to Blackpool in the play-off final at Wembley in May, despite the club's financial problems. Jones also led them to the 2008 FA Cup final, losing 1-0 to Portsmouth.
However, Cardiff remain a club in crisis. They are currently banned from signing players because of a £500,000 debt owed to Charlton. Two weeks ago they paid the £1.9m owed to HM Revenue & Customs that had threatened to put them out of existence.
Jones would be likely to relish the chance to work again in the Premier League, having previously managed Southampton and Wolves in the top flight.