Fulham manager Martin Jol has hit back at the club’s former striker Bobby Zamora for suggesting “the vast majority” of the west London club’s squad do not like him.
The 31-year-old was sold to QPR at the end of January’s transfer window after a period in which reports frequently suggested he did not get on with the former Tottenham boss.
Zamora broke his silence this week and claimed he was not the only one to have a problem with Jol, who was surprised that his former charge decided to make such comments.
“It is probably sour grapes,” Jol said when asked about it today. “I think nothing is what it seems. Everyone knows me. The players know me so one player will say this, another player will say that.
“It doesn’t matter. I don’t care. For me, the most important thing is we get the results so you will have to ask the players.
“If they do well and work hard, I try to get a good relationship with them. If not, I don’t.
“There were a few leaks in the paper and I asked him and he said ‘no, it wasn’t me’. I knew it was him and his agent 100 perc cent.”
Zamora was followed out of the club this summer by a number of key players, including Mousa Dembele, Clint Dempsey, Danny Murphy, Andrew Johnson and Dickson Etuhu.
Asked if he had an issue with any of those players, the normally-reserved Fulham boss added: “If you take Clint Dempsey, it is different from Mousa Dembele.
“Mousa was phoning me after his move and thanking me for everything. Every player is different.
“Clint wanted to move so then the relationship would not be great. Danny Murphy I wanted to keep so ask him. There were no issues at all.”