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Jol denies rift with Fulham academy coaching staff

Fulham boss Martin Jol denies any rift with the club's academy coaching staff.

The relationship between the Craven Cottage chief and senior members of the club's youth set-up has reportedly been strained over Jol's reluctance to promote youngsters into the first team.

But he told the Fulham Chronicle: "I told the coach of the Under-18s, Steve Wigley, 'as soon as there's a player you think is ready knock on my door', and he never did.

"I've still got two or three who I am keeping an eye on, they train with us on Mondays and Tuesdays. I'm the first manager at Fulham over the past 10 years who did that.

"Before I came [Matthew] Briggs was the only young player who was in the squad - I've got five or six: [Pajtim] Kasami, [Alex] Kacaniklic and Moussa Dembele."

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