Fulham boss Jol accuses Zamora of sour grapes

05 October 2012 06:19

Fulham manager Martin Jol has accused his former striker Bobby Zamora of "sour grapes" after the England international claimed the majority of the club's players didn't like the Dutchman.

Zamora quit Fulham to join west London rivals QPR in January after reports that the forward had clashed with Jol on several occasions.

The 31-year-old this week said he was not the only Fulham star to have a problem with Jol and insisted that was the reason several senior players had left Craven Cottage since the end of last season.

Mousa Dembele, Clint Dempsey, Danny Murphy, Andrew Johnson and Dickson Etuhu have all departed in recent months, but Jol insisted Zamora's bitter blast meant nothing to him.

"It is probably sour grapes," Jol said on Friday. "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.

"Insiders here know that this probably started after two weeks of me being here.

"There was 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 percent.

"He said 'no, it wasn't me, I hate the press'. He hated defence and later said he hated crosses as well and that was the moment I thought 'maybe it is better to sell' and that is what we did."

Former Tottenham boss Jol was also keen to play down Zamora's suggestion that he wasn't able to get players to warm to him.

"If you take Clint Dempsey, it is different from Mousa Dembele," Jol added.

"Mousa was phoning me after his move (to Tottenham) 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.

"With Bobby it started after a couple of weeks. Everybody knew and now he has moved on.

"I don't think it is typically English to make comments after a year or eight months."

Source: AFP