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Manager Watch: Hughton early Fulham favourite, Symons not far behind

Felix Magath's sacking means Fulham are in search of their fourth manager since Shahid Khan took over the club. Here are the early front-runners...

Chris Hughton

It is a new dawn for Fulham fans. Yes, another one, after Felix Magath became the third manager to be sacked under owner Shahid Khan in a period of just several months.

The need to look forward is imperative, however, as easy as it would be to dwell in hindsight on a series of appointments that can be described as nothing other than bad choices.

And, according to bookmakers - as detailed by Oddschecker - Chris Hughton is the early favourite to succeed Magath at Craven Cottage. The former Newcastle United, Birmingham City and Norwich City boss has achieved promotion from the Championship before and can be found at odds of as low as 5/2 to be given the Fulham job by Khan.

Hughton has, though, been linked with the Watford and Leeds United jobs in the recent past, neither of which appear to have come to fruition.

Tim Sherwood

Surprisingly, former Spurs boss Tim Sherwood is next in line to take the reins in west London, according to the bookies. The 45-year-old's only managerial job to date was at Tottenham Hotspur, where he lasted just half a season before being moved on.

A lack of experience may thus be a concern for any Fulham fans but Sherwood is nevertheless priced at 4/1 with some bookmakers to land the Cottagers job, while he is ranked at the same odds as Hughton by one in particular.

Neil Lennon

Following Sherwood is former Celtic boss Neil Lennon, who can also be found at 4/1 by a couple of different bookies. The Northern Irishman was a huge success in Scotland, winning a number of titles with Celtic before leaving the club this summer.

Lennon has been out of managerial work since, instead focusing on media work and punditry. The 43-year-old has a good record as a manager but is unproven in terms of English football.

Kit Symons

The man a lot of Fulham fans seem to want, Kit Symons, is next in the running, priced at 8/1 to be named Craven Cottage's next permanent manager. And the 43-year-old might just be in pole position when it comes to the recruitment process.

Indeed, the academy coach has been put in caretaker charge in west London, giving him the perfect chance to audition for the role of manager. Symons is a former member of Chris Coleman's coaching team at Wales and is highly regarded by Fulham supporters.

Many have called for Symons to be given the role with Danny Murphy as his no.2, appointments that would be considered to get back 'the soul of the club.' Appointing an academy coach does seem to have done the trick at Norwich...

Honourable Mentions

Beyond the front four, several names are mentioned but only time will tell as to whether they are serious candidates. The nature of such processes often see twists and turns on a daily basis, with some favourites being ruled out almost instantaneously and others seeing their odds rocketing by the minute.

Murphy himself is worth mentioning but, without any managerial experience, the former Fulham midfielder is expected to be appointed as a member of the coaching staff if he is to be given a role within the club. Glenn Hoddle, meanwhile, is another option - but one Khan may disregard after his unsuccessful appointments of Ray Wilkins and Alan Curbishley in technical roles last term.

Beyond that, Alan Pardew, Micky Adams, Lee Clark and Tony Pulis can all be found with odds of less than 20/1.

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