Former Chelsea coach declares interest in becoming new Fulham boss

Fulham Craven Cottage

Ex-Chelsea and Liverpool coach Steve Clarke says that he would be interested in discussing the possibility of becoming the next Fulham manager.

Fulham owner Shahid Khan is looking for yet another boss having sacked third manager in just 14 months last week. Martin Jol was the first to go under Khan's ownership in December 2013, and his replacement - compatriot Rene Meulensteen - lasted just two months before being ousted in favour of former Bayern Munich boss Felix Magath.

The German, famed for his autocratic style, couldn't keep the Cottagers in the Premier League, and despite forking out £11m for Leeds United striker Ross McCormack, he picked up just one point from his first seven games in the Championship. Last week's 5-3 defeat to Nottingham Forest was the final straw for Magath, as Khan wielded his axe again.

So far, caretaker boss Kit Symons appears to be the favourite amongst fans and players, though Gianfranco Zola and Jean Tigana have also been linked with the job as figures familiar with West London appear to be interested in moves to Craven Cottage - and another one has put his name forward.

Former Chelsea coach Steve Clarke has been out of work since being sacked by West Brom in December 2013, and when speaking to TalkSport this afternoon, the Scot admitted that he would be interested in becoming the new Fulham manager if the Cottagers were to initiate talks.

"You have to sit down with people, you have to discuss what their plans for the club are. You have to tell them what your plans are, and from there you have to make a decision," said Clarke. "I like to sit down with people face to face. First of all they have to want me. They have to come to me."

"Everybody knows I’m available. I don’t think there is a club in the country I would say no to. I would speak to them all and find out whether we are right for each other."

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