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Fulham announce appointment of Kit Symons as manager

Fulham have announced that caretaker manager Kit Symons has been appointed to the role on a permanent basis.

Fulham have announced the appointment of Kit Symons as their new manager on an 18-month contract.

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 43-year-old, who spent three years at the club as a player, declared his interest in the role at the time, but chairman Shahid Khan instead opted to form a five-man “search committee” to seek out potential candidates.

He subsequently won five of nine games at the helm, however, leaving Khan little choice but to promote him to the role full-time.

Khan said on the club's official website: 'First, I must offer my sincere appreciation to the search committee for its commitment to the process. We asked a lot of all five committee members, perhaps more than they anticipated, and yet they gave us more than we could have ever imagined.

'Each of them brought something unique and valuable to the search, but the one thing they all had in common was a strong desire to return Fulham to its proper place as one of the most admired and respected clubs in English football. I cannot thank them enough.

'Kit has thoroughly earned the opportunity to take Fulham from here as our First Team Manager. We've been a different football club, on and off the pitch, since Kit stepped in as our Caretaker Manager in September.

'His passion for Fulham is evident and contagious, and I believe the promise ahead of him is extremely bright. Above all, Kit understands and is committed to our goals, and he knows there is much work ahead. Starting today, we can begin work with Kit firmly in charge at Fulham.'

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