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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