Beaten Blues boss backs Symons for Fulham job

After seeing his Birmingham City side beaten by Fulham on Saturday afternoon, Lee Clark has advised the Londoners to make Kit Symons their permanent manager.

Having dismissed Martin Jol last December and Rene Meulensteen, his successor, in February, the Cottagers are now looking for their fourth manager in under a year after showing Felix Magath the door earlier this month. And Symons, who made over 100 league appearances for the club from 1998 to 2001, has been appointed as caretaker boss whilst the search is ongoing.

Symons has made no secret of his desire to take the job on a permanent basis, having had previous temporary spells in charge of Crystal Palace (twice) and Colchester United. And after leading them to their first win of the season at St Andrews, Birmingham boss Clark has advised the decision-makers at Fulham to appoint the 43-year-old former Wales international defender.

“Give him the job,” Clark, himself a former Fulham player, is quoted on Sky Sports. “He knows the club inside out. He has the fans behind and he has people around the club smiling again. He has the players look like they are playing for him – young and old. The senior ones have embraced him. It is a special club. Give it to someone who knows the club. They do not need an outsider. He is doing good job and getting results. He deserves his chance and I would back him 100%.”

Although Symons would be a popular appointment, believe Chris Hughton, the former Norwich City and Newcastle United manager, is ahead of him in the running. They also feel Neil Lennon, who led Celtic to three Scottish league titles before quitting at the end of last season, is another potential option, as is former Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay.

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