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Ex-Fulham boss wants stunning return as manager - 11 years after being sacked

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Former Fulham boss Jean Tigana was sacked by the Cottagers in April 2003, and 11 years on, the Frenchman wants to return as Felix Magath's successor.

Shahid Khan's time as owner of Fulham hasn't been the most stable so far. The businessman, who also owns NFL franchise the Jacksonville Jaguars, bought Fulham last summer but sacked manager Martin Jol in December, handing his compatriot Rene Meulensteen the job - for only two months. The former Manchester United coach was replaced by German Felix Magath, but the former Bayern Munich boss couldn't keep the Cottagers in the top flight and they were ultimately relegated to the Championship.

Money was spent in the summer in order to overhaul the squad, and £11m signing Ross McCormack was a signal of intent following his goalscoring exploits at Leeds United, but things seemed to only get worse for Fulham under Magath, as the club took just one point from their first seven games, with Wednesday night's 5-3 defeat to Nottingham Forest the final straw as Magath was sacked just a day later.

That leaves Fulham looking for a new manager, and whilst caretaker boss Kit Symons remains a frontrunner for the job. former Cardiff City and Watford boss Malky Mackay has been installed as the favourite with the bookmakers - despite his recent off-field indiscretions. 

However, the situation may be set to change again after reports broke today that former Cottagers boss Jean Tigana wants to make a sensational return to West London - 11 years after being sacked. The former French international became the club's manager back in 2000, and took the club up to the Premier League and Intertoto Cup glory before being sacked in April 2003.

A legal battle began with then-owner Al Fayed, and Tigana has since had unsuccessful spells with Besiktas, Bordeaux and Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua, but according to The Mirror, the 59-year-old has reportedly told the club that he wants a return to Craven Cottage to replace Magath.

A fan favourite at Fulham, Tigana would be welcomed back with open arms - particularly now Al Fayed is no longer associated with the club. 

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