Martin Jol has dropped out of the running for the Fulham manager's job.
The Times says the former Tottenham Hotspur manager was approached last Friday about his interest in becoming the permanent replacement for Lawrie Sanchez, who was dismissed last week, before the transfer window opens next week.
Jol was initially attracted because of the club's proximity to his home in Essex, but it is believed that he felt that the squad may not be strong enough to avoid relegation from the Barclays Premier League this season. They are one place above the relegation zone, with only two league wins. Some Fulham officials also had reservations about the Dutchman.
Jol is holding out for an opportunity to take charge of one of the big clubs below the recognised top four, such as Newcastle United, where speculation persists about Sam Allardyce.