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Ex-Chelsea legend made favourite to become next Fulham manager

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Former Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola has been made the favourite with Sky Bet to become the next Fulham manager.

Fulham owner Shahid Khan sacked Felix Magath, making the German the third manager he's let go in just 14 months in charge at Craven Cottage. Martin Jol started last season in the hot seat, but was sacked in December 2013, only for his replacement Rene Meulensteen to be appointed and removed within two months.

Meulensteen was bizarrely replaced by Magath, who couldn't keep Fulham in the Premier League last season, with the Cottagers slipping back to the second tier for the first time since 2001. After picking up just one point from the opening seven games of the Championship season, Magath became the latest man to be axed by Khan - leaving Fulham with another key appointment to make.

Caretaker manager Kit Symons has done a great job in temporary charge of his former club, picking up their first Championship win of the season against Birmingham City last weekend before leading his side to a 4-0 win over Bolton Wanderers tonight - once again enhancing the chances of him landing the role on a permanent basis.

Some reports on Tuesday suggested that Symons was on the verge of being appointed full time manager with a win over Bolton, but bookmakers have today made former Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola the new favourite to arrive at Craven Cottage.

Zola, 48, had a tough start to life as a manager, struggling at West Ham United, but he returned to football two years later as Watford boss after the takeover from Gianpaolo Pozzo at Vicarage Road. There, Zola guided the Hornets to the play-off final in his first season in charge, only to be beaten 1-0 by Crystal Palace in the final.

His second season with the club didn't go quite so smoothly, and Zola resigned in December 2013 - and has been out of work ever since. A return to West London could be just the opportunity that Zola needs, and he could be the perfect figure for fans and players to get behind after his exploits in his playing career.

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