Fulham want to appoint former West Ham United boss - but not as manager

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According to reports emerging from West London, Fulham want to hire Alan Curbishley - but as manager, instead as director of football.

Fulham are still searching for a new manager having sacked German Felix Magath, who was axed in September after a 5-3 defeat at the hands of Nottingham Forest. Magath, formerly of Bayern Munich, couldn't keep Fulham in the Premier League last season, and became the third manager to be sacked in Shahid Khan's spell as Fulham owner - which has lasted just over a year so far.

Martin Jol was the first to go in December, and his compatriot Rene Meulensteen lasted just two months after that as the Cottagers couldn't survive in the top flight no matter who was in charge.

When Meulensteen was appointed, Fulham also offered a role to former Charlton Athletic and West Ham United manager Alan Curbishley, taking on the role as First Team Technical Director - only for him to be sacked alongside ex-Manchester United coach Meulensteen in February.

Now though, with caretaker manager Kit Symons seemingly on the verge of landing the permanent job at Craven Cottage, it seems that Curbishley could be in line for a swift return to Fulham, as West London Sport report that he will be offered the role of Director of Football, working alongside the relatively inexperienced Symons.

However, they also believe that Curbishley is still aggravated by his departure from the club in the first place, and he may need some convincing to come back in the new role, with an announcement over the appointment of a new manager and director football believed to be on the way in the next dew days.

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