Martin Jol believes Fulham will be better off following the departure of wantaway striker Bobby Zamora.
The 31-year-old left Craven Cottage for QPR this week in a deal believed to be in the region of £6m.
There has been much speculation of a rift between Zamora and Jol, although the pair have always been quick to play down such talk.
"The talk of a rift wasn't just over the past couple of weeks, it was over the last couple of months," Jol said.
Zamora, who joined Fulham from West Ham in 2008, has scored five goals in 23 appearances for the Cottagers this season, and Jol added: "Bobby wanted to move so we had to wait for a good offer and QPR made a good offer.
"If you ask your boss to move, I think he will get the impression you don't want to work for him. That is the only impression I got. He wanted to move. It was only a matter of making a decision of whether to keep him or let him go."
Fulham secured a point in a 1-1 draw against West Brom on Wednesday night, but the west Londoners looked bereft of attacking ideas for long periods of the match.
But Jol remains defiant that the future looks bright for the Craven Cottage club.
He added: "We have a good atmosphere here, a good spirit and they all want to play for the club.
"You have to appreciate for me the most important thing is that they want to play for Fulham and that they want to play with their heart."