Kit Symons accepts Fulham will take their time to appoint a permanent manager, and remains hopeful they will settle on him.
The Londoners are looking to appoint a third new boss since last December, when they sacked Martin Jol in order to appoint Rene Meulensteen. The former Manchester United coach lasted a little more than two months before making way for Felix Magath, who was unable to prevent them from slipping out of the Premier League in May.
Despite this the German was told he would be given time to return the Cottagers to the top-flight, but a disastrous start to their Championship campaign resulted in him being axed in September. Symons has since been in caretaker charge, and he has led them to two wins out of four matches ahead of the visit of Norwich City on Saturday.
Club owner Shahid Khan has assembled a five-member committee, consisting of Niall Quinn, Danny Murphy, Brian McBride, Huw Jennings and David Daly, to find a new manager. And as much as Symons is desperate to be given the role on a permanent basis, he accepts that the club are right to take their time and consider all possible options.
“As much as I desperately want the job I also desperately want the right person to be in charge of Fulham for the long term,” said the former defender, who made over 100 league appearances for the club from 1998-2001. “I’m hoping it’s me obviously and think it should be me, but this panel and the chairman will make the right decision to take the club forward.”
It is widely believed that Symons will face competition from both Steve Clarke and Chris Hughton for the job, with oddschecker.com rating the latter as the current favourite. But should the capital club collect three points against the Canaries it will be their third success in five matches and will give Khan’s committee something to think about.
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