Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer says the players have no problem with manager Martin Jol

Last Updated: 07/10/12 11:46am

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Mark Schwarzer: Insists Fulham's players do not have an issue with Martin Jol

Mark Schwarzer: Insists Fulham's players do not have an issue with Martin Jol

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Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer insists he and his team-mates are '100 per cent' behind manager Martin Jol despite the claims of Bobby Zamora this week.

Zamora, who left the Cottagers in January to join Queens Park Rangers after reports the striker fell out with his manager over his lack of game time, claimed earlier this week he was not the only one to have an issue with the Dutch boss.

But experienced keeper Schwarzer, who has been at Craven Cottage since 2008, insists Fulham would not have been able to claim their three wins from six Premier League games so far this season if the players were not on Jol's side.

He told The Observer: "Bobby had his issues with the manager and that's why he moved on.

"If people had a problem with the manager, you wouldn't have seen the successes or the performances we've shown so far this season. It would be impossible to do that.

"The players are all 100% behind the manager and, as far as I'm concerned, there's no validity to [Zamora's] statement at all."

Jol strengthened his attacking options in the summer with the signing of Dimitar Berbatov from Manchester United and Schwarzer believes the Bulgarian has already made a big impact both on the pitch and in the dressing room.

"Whenever any player comes to the club you wonder if he'll fit in and flourish and if he'll reproduce the form he'd shown previously. But you could see straight away in training that the guy has amazing talent," said the keeper.


"It was just a matter of how long it would take him to gel with the team and Dimitar's settled in almost instantly and been outstanding: his commitment, his skill and vision on the ball, and the demands he makes of others. The younger players in particular, he's hard with them but also quick to praise them if they do something well. That's something we'd lost.

"We've lacked a bit of that, demanding players to produce at a high level. Berba's developed that attitude at Tottenham and Manchester United, expecting the best from everyone, and he's brought it here."

Schwarzer turned 40 on Saturday but the Australia international is not yet thinking about hanging up his gloves and insists he still has targets in mind, including helping his country qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

"They say you know when it's time to step aside," said the keeper. "Maybe I will but I've got goals ahead of me. It's all part of the grand plan.

He added: "Whatever happens next summer, I'd love to stay in England.

"All I'm focusing on is playing well for Fulham, winning games, having a good season and qualifying for the World Cup with Australia."

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