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Symons talks up credentials for Fulham job

Caretaker boss Kit Symons is aiming to convince the Fulham hierarchy that he deserves to replace Felix Magath on a full-time basis.

Fulham caretaker manager Kit Symons believes he is the man to take on the job full-time after being placed in temporary charge following the sacking of Felix Magath.

The Cottagers are currently stranded at the foot of the Championship table with just one point from their opening seven matches, with Magath axed after their sixth defeat of the season to Nottingham Forest on Wednesday.

Having spent time at Craven Cottage as a player from 1998 to 2001, Symons has since enjoyed a successful stint in charge of the club’s under-21 side, and the former Wales international believes his familiarity with the club makes him an ideal candidate.

‘I want to convince the owner to give me the job full-time. I've done the caretaker thing a few times and I'm ready to do it full-time now,’ he told Sky Sports reporters.

‘I've got my own big ideas about what I want to do. I've got full confidence in the way I train, coach and manage and these players are going to love it.

‘Quite simply, I want to do the basics well. We'll have an attacking day, a defending day, a transition day and then any time left over for set pieces, other than that there's not too much more to worry about in the game of football.

‘The club needs stability now and I am here to give that. No one understands the fabric of the football club better than me. I understand what the fans want, what the people working here want and what the players want now.

‘I'm really excited and confident we can start moving up the table. I've spoken to a couple of the players and they're incredibly positive about it too. Hopefully I'll be here a long time.’

After relegation from the Premier League last season, Fulham's current state has marked a miserable 2014 thus far for the club, but Symons is confident that there is more than enough quality in the squad to turn things around.

'It's been a difficult time for the club,' he admitted.

'There's no escape from one point from 21. It's not a great return by any stretch. It's been a bit of a whirlwind. I wasn't privy to what happened under Felix but it's in the past now.

'We've certainly got a squad that's a lot better than what our league position says. It's down to me now to pick the right team for the right games and win.'

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