Fulham boss Martin Jol claims would have been more positive over allowing Championship Blackburn Rovers to discuss with Cottagers first-team coach Billy McKinlay the managerial vacancy at Rovers if he had been number one choice.
"They asked us a couple of days ago if they can talk to him and we said no," Jol said. "If you say yes it opens the door for other clubs to talk to my one of my staff members. There are always four to six other people involved, so why should I say yes?
"If I'm 100 per cent certain they'd take him I'd probably be a bit more positive.
"I need Billy, he's a good boy and is developing into a very good coach and manager.
"If they said: 'He's our number one choice', I'd probably tell them they can talk to him.
"But there are always big lists in football and I want Billy to stay.
"If I wanted someone I'd make a nice phone call, informal. With us it was formal - 'can we speak to him?' 'No'."