Should owner Khan look towards this ex-international manager as Fulham's new boss?

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Fulham owner Shahid Khan has sacked yet another manager at Craven Cottage - but could he look back to his American roots for his new boss?

Whilst Fulham prospered and earned promotion under the ownership as Mohamed Al-Fayed, their time under Shahid Khan has been somewhat underwhelming. Khan, who also owns NFL franchise Jacksonville Jaguars, bought the Cottagers last summer but has already gone through three managers.

Martin Jol was sacked in December and replaced by his compatriot Rene Meulensteen, but the former Manchester United coach lasted just two months before German Felix Magath came in. The authoritarian former Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg boss couldn't keep Fulham in the Premier League, and lost his job today after making a dismal start in the Championship.

Just one point from seven games had piled the pressure on Magath, and Wednesday's 5-3 defeat to Nottingham Forest was the final straw for Khan.

"This is an unfortunate but necessary change," Khan said upon announcing Magath's sacking. "I am doing what I feel is right and needed for Fulham Football Club, for today as well as tomorrow. I thank our supporters for standing by us during these most difficult of times on the pitch, and promise better days ahead."

Former Fulham defender Kit Symons has been put in charge of the club on a temporary basis, but the attention will now turn to finding the next manager - and Khan must get it right in order to appease a Fulham fanbase which is growing increasingly unconvinced by Khan's reign in West London.

It's worth noting that Khan's first head coach appointment with the Jaguars was Mike Mularkey, and he last just one year before being replaced by Gus Bradley, who has shown promise in charge of a perennially-losing team - and his namesake could be the right man to turn Fulham around.

Khan claims to have been a huge football fan for decades, and has strong ties to Illinois from his days at college. With such a strong connection to the state, he will be familiar with the work of former Chicago Fire boss Bob Bradley - who of course guided the United States to the last 16 of the 2010 World Cup.

Bradley, 56, had a strong reputation in America and was seen as one of the driving forces of 'soccer' in the States, which surely won't have escaped Khan's attention. Since leaving that post in 2011, Bradley has been with Egypt and now Norwegian side Stabaek.

He only moved there in January, and has won around half of his games as he maintains a strong 50% win percentage throughout his career. Bradley has been linked with a move to England before with the likes of Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, and now could be his chance - after all, it would be hard to turn down Fulham in order to stay in Norway.

Bradley is currently as short as 12/1 with the bookmakers to take over at Craven Cottage, and if Khan has been paying attention to the progress of football in America, he will know that Bradley has a CV that few other applicants can match.

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