Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has urged former club Fulham to hand caretaker manager Kit Symons the role full-time, and believes a play-off push is even possible under his guidance.
Symons took temporary charge at Craven Cottage last month following the sacking of Felix Magath, who had left the Championship club rooted to the bottom of the table with just one point from their opening seven games.
The ex-Wales international has since won three of his five matches at the helm, with owner Shad Khan picking a five-man “search committee” to find the new boss in the meantime.
Having played for the club from 1998 to 2001, Symons has gone on to enjoy a successful stint in charge of Fulham’s Under-21 side, and Schwarzer believes his familiarity with the setup and fan favourite status makes him the perfect man for the job.
‘Kit is a guy who’s been at the club for a long, long time,’ he told the International Business Times. ‘He played for Fulham, knows the place inside out and is a club man.
‘He’ll instil back the very core and substance of the club which has been ripped out of it over the last 12 to 18 months.
‘He’ll bring the club back to the environment that previously made it so special and will do the utmost to get everything right on the football pitch.’
Despite their recent upturn in form, Fulham still sit 22nd in the Championship after 11 matches, but Schwarzer believes a spot in the play-offs isn’t out of reach if reinforcements are brought in during the next transfer window.
‘I don’t think it’s too late to push for playoff place,’ he said. ‘But I think realistically if you look at the amount of games they’ve played so far it will be very difficult.
‘There have a lot of decisions made over the last 12 months which will possibly hinder him being able to do his best at this moment in time until possibly the next transfer window.
‘That goes without saying, but it’s not impossible, that’s for sure.’
Having made 220 appearances for Fulham from 2008 to 2013 before leaving for Chelsea, Schwarzer’s former team were reported to have tried to bring the veteran keeper back on an emergency loan deal last week, but their efforts ultimately came up short.