Martin Jol played down Bobby Zamora’s omission from the squad against Swansea today – insisting that he had not been at the centre of a row with the England striker.
The Fulham manager explained that he had left out his main striker with Wednesday’s must-win Europa League qualifier against Odense in mind and that he didn’t name Zamora on the bench as he was unlikely the change the course of the game as a substitute. Jol claimed he had made the decision to start with Andy Johnson as a lone striker on Thursday.
I made the decision on Thursday to play Andrew Johnson because he works hard in training. The last couple of weeks we played with Moussa Dembele and Bobby up front and I thought the time was there to play Andrew Johnson again.
I don’t have any problem with any player. The only thing I want is for them to give 100 per cent to the club and then there is no problem. I need all my players. We have another important game (against Odense) on Wednesday and Bryan Ruiz can’t play in Europe, we have a few little injuries so I need all my players.
He (Zamora) is probably not the player who is the best substitute so I thought it was better to wait for next week and important games coming up. He wants to play for this club.