Fulham look set to miss out on Martin Jol after their leading candidate for the managerial vacancy pledged his immediate future to current club Ajax.
Jol, who spent three years at the helm of London rivals Tottenham, had emerged as the frontrunner to replace Roy Hodgson in the Craven Cottage hot-seat.
Hodgson left the Cottagers to become the new manager of Liverpool last month.
However, the 54-year-old Dutchman now seems set to stay at Ajax after receiving assurances from the board at the Eredivisie club over player investment.
Ajax missed out on the Dutch title by one point to FC Twente in Jol's first season at the helm last term but have since lost a host of key players.
"They (Fulham) were interested but in principle I will stay at Ajax," Jol told Amsterdam newspaper De Telegraaf.
Fulham must now go back to the drawing board in their pursuit of a new manager with former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson and ex-Manchester City boss Mark Hughes both previously linked with the role.