Fulham manager betting update: Bruce early favourite, three ex-Villa bosses in frame

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Fulham are on the lookout for a new manager after sacking Kit Symons.

As confirmed by the club’s official website, Fulham are on the lookout for a new manager after sacking Kit Symons following their latest 5-2 reverse at home to Birmingham City.

Fulham boast a pretty strong Championship squad, spearheaded by expensive acquisition Ross McCormack who was brought in to help the club secure a return to the Premier League.

However, results have been too inconsistent and for every superb victory over the likes of Reading and Bristol City, there were also embarrassments such as the defeats to Wolves and Birmingham.

Kit Symons is gone, and now the search begins for a new manager.

Sky Bet have set the market on the next manager at Craven Cottage, with Hull City’s Steve Bruce surprisingly leading the way with odds of 5/4.

The former Sunderland boss has been at Hull for just over three-and-a-half years, guiding the club to promotion before suffering a relegation heartbreak last season.

Still, he remained with The Tigers and they now look a safe bet for a quick return to the top-flight.

Would Bruce be willing to trade Hull for Fulham? While there is the obvious pull of London and perhaps Fulham’s finances may have a say, it would be a big risk considering the position of both clubs.

Nigel Pearson is second on the list, currently standing at 4-1 following his dismissal at Leicester City.

But the most intriguing factor is that there are three former Aston Villa managers in the top eight – Paul Lambert at 8/1, Tim Sherwood at 12/1 and Alex McLeish at 14/1.

While all three ex-Villa bosses are current longshots, they do have former successes on their CV and in Lambert’s case a double promotion followed by Premier League survival with Norwich.

Fulham are still well positioned to have a crack at the playoffs, though bringing in the right personality to match their talented squad will be key to any future success.

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