Jol sceptical of Billy approach
Fulham boss Martin Jol admits he may have let Billy McKinlay speak to Blackburn Rovers had he been their number one choice.
Cottagers assistant boss McKinlay was the subject of a widely-reported enquiry from Blackburn earlier this week, but Jol met it with a firm "no".
The Northern Ireland assistant's status as a managerial novice has prompted further unrest at Ewood Park following Steve Kean's troubled reign with Rovers fans seemingly of the belief they should be chasing a bigger name.
Jol has revealed he detected some hesitation in the advances of a Blackburn recruitment party headed by global advisor Shebby Singh.
"They asked us a couple of days ago if they can talk to him and we said no," he 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."