Fulham legend 'delighted' with Symons appointment


Sean Davis has expressed his delight at Kit Symons being appointed caretaker manager of former club Fulham.

Former England Under-21 international started his career at Craven Cottage, making 155 league appearances in an eight-year spell with the club before joining Spurs in 2004.

Having progressed through the entirety of the Football League with the Cottagers, he has a strong affinity with the club, and is thankful to a number of managers for allowing him to progress at the rate that he did - with Kevin Keegan, Jean Tigana and Chris Coleman playing a particularly important role in his progression into the first-team.

Having retired two years ago at the age of 33, following spells with Portsmouth and Bolton, Davis has retained his links with the Cottagers, writing a column on the official Fulham website.

And it was in this column where Davis applauded the appointment of Kit Symons as caretaker manager, having stepped up to the role following the dismissal of Felix Magath.

Despite losing his opening game in charge, a 1-0 loss to Blackburn, the on-pitch display was an improvement on recent weeks, and Davis believes that having someone who knows the club as well as Symons does played an important part in the improvement.

Davis wrote: "I was delighted to see Kit Symons appointed Caretaker Manager last week. Before the game against Blackburn there was just so much anticipation for it – people were looking forward to it.

"Everyone just wants him to do well so fingers crossed he does enough to get the job. He’s Fulham through and through and he deserves it.

"I said all along that the new Manager should be someone who knows the Club, someone who’s got an affinity with the Club, who knows the traditions, who knows what it’s all about, and someone who knows the league as well.

"I’ve said before that I think we lack that little bit of experience in the team just to help these young kids along. Kit ticks all those boxes so if it was up to me I’d definitely go with him.”

Having progressed as a youngster whilst Symons was a player, Davis speaks highly of the now-manager, claiming that his relationship with others makes him a perfect candidate to lead the inexperienced Fulham side - many of whom he has coached at youth level - to success.

"The players that helped me along in my career, the ones that when they spoke you took note and listened to, were the likes of Chris Coleman, now a manager, Lee Clark, now a manager and Kit Symons, been a coach for a while and deserves his chance at being a manager.

"These are the players that when they spoke, everyone paid attention.

"Kit was, along with Cookie and Clarky, one of the players who helped me along in my career when I was a youngster. He always spoke to me during games, showed me how to be a professional, and told me what to do and what not to do. So back then you could definitely see him being a manager in the future.”

With the rumours of discontent surrounding Magath’s reign in charge of the Cottagers, it will come as a shock to the system that the players have a coach who is the exact opposite. However, if they can respond to the appointment in a positive manner, it will surely not be too long before a first win comes to Craven Cottage.

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