Fulham manager search committee announced, featuring ex-Man City and Liverpool men

Danny Murphy

Shahid Khan has named a five-man shortlist to aid in the Cottagers search for a new manager.

Academy coach Kit Symons has been overseeing the club since the removal of Felix Magath, recording Fulham’s first Championship win of the season on Saturday.

The Welshman is being considered as a potential applicant to take over the role on a full-time basis, although Khan, who remains in full control of the search, is keen to "seek counsel from qualified football people from within, close to or outside the Fulham organisation”.

Former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Danny Murphy is one such man, having spent a five-year spell at Craven Cottage as a player. Four-year stalwart Brian McBride is also on the committee, as well as Niall Quinn, who attended the club’s academy before joining Arsenal, and then Manchester City. Former captain Murphy has spoken of his interest in taking charge of his former side, although a place on the selection committee surely rules him out of any management role in the immediate future.

The remaining two members have non-playing roles with the club, with academy director Huw Jennings and season-ticket holder David Daly chosen due their varying views into the club.

Quoted by The Guardian, Khan revealed his reason or selecting a committee to find the new manager - a process not often seen in English football.

He said: "I’ve got the right five men to help us find the right man for Fulham

"They know this is a special job for a manager and they want to play a role in making sure we get this right for everyone who plays for Fulham or loves the club – and we will.

"This will be an exhaustive, thorough and deliberate process. No decisions will be made for the sake of deadlines or convenience.

"The choice will be made with the benefit of excellent and highly respected counsel. This process is already under way and I look forward to tackling the challenge and opportunity ahead."

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