Fulham boss Kit Symons has blasted rumours that Alan Curbishley picks the side.
Fans gossip on social media claim the former Charlton boss has a major say in team selection since he rejoined as a coach last month.
Not so, counters the man in charge, although Curbs has been invaluable as a sounding board since his return to the club from which he was ousted first time in February 2014.
In fact, as the pair plot to lay to rest the spectre of relegation at home to Wigan tonight, Symons is keen to extend the temporary arrangement beyond the end of the season.
He said: “I’d definitely like him to stay. I didn’t really know Curbs until he came in last time at the club, but I’ve been really, really impressed with him.
“His knowledge and his experience has been a breath of fresh air. I speak to all my staff about team selection. We sit down and look at all scenarios that might come up in games, and Curbs plays a part in that as the other boys do.
“I want people's opinions and for them to play devil’s advocate, but when I’ve got all that, there’s only one person who picks the team - and that’s me.
“It’s my head on the block and it’s the only way it can work properly."
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