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Fulham could be one game away from naming new manager - report

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According to reports tonight, Kit Symons is one win away from being named the new Fulham manager after impressing as caretaker boss.

Fulham owner Shahid Khan continues to change managers at Craven Cottage after Felix Magath became the third boss to lose his job under Khan's ownership - which has so far only lasted around 14 months. Dutchmen Martin Jol and Rene Meulensteen were both axed last season before Magath arrived in January, but he couldn't keep Fulham in the top flight as they were back in the second tier for the first since their promotion in 2001.

Former Bayern Munich boss Magath had a history of tough fitness regimes and, unsurprisingly, alienating players, and that seemed to be the case at Fulham too as his side picked up just one point from the opening seven games of the season, with the 5-3 defeat at Nottingham Forest proving to be the final straw for Khan.

So German Magath was the latest to exit the Fulham revolving door, but who would be next in the Craven Cottage ejector seat? Former boss Jean Tigana was linked with a shock return to the club, whilst the likes of Steve Clarke, Tim Sherwood and Gianfranco Zola had all been linked with the post.

However, Khan was sensible - he let caretaker manager Kit Symons have a run in charge before making any decisions. The 43-year-old made over appearances for the club as a player, and was handed the reins on a temporary basis following Magath's departure.

Since Symons took charge, Fulham have lost once and won twice, which included beating Doncaster in the Capital One Cup and claiming their first Championship win of the season in a 2-1 win over Birmingham City. That win took the Cottagers off the foot of the table, and amidst speculation that the Fulham squad are far happier under Symons than they were under the stewardship of Magath, reports believe that Symons will be handed the job permanently if his Fulham side beat Bolton on Wednesday night.

Wanderers are struggling themselves with just five points from four games, which leaves them one place above Fulham in the table. It's certainly a winnable game, and if Symons can guide his side to three points, then he may well have secured himself the job permanently.

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