BREAKING: Fulham sack Kit Symons after Birmingham thrashing

Sam Barnard, Assistant Sports Editor | November 8, 2015

Fulham sack Symons after Birmingham slaughter

Championship outfit Fulham (14/1 with Coral for a top six finish) have announced the decision to sack Kit Symons as head coach following their 5-2 home defeat to Birmingham City.

The loss is the club’s second in succession in the league and sixth of the season after 16 games, which sees The Cottages now down into 12th and eight points off the play-offs.

Owner Shahid Khan said: “No one can ever doubt the effort and commitment that Kit put into Fulham, not only as first-team manager, but also as a player here, and as a key figure in the success of our academy.

“Kit came through for us last year at this time and helped stabilise our club on and off the pitch, and we’re very grateful for that and his many other contributions over the years.

“It is now time to take Fulham to the higher level of success that we expect from our first-team manager and our players, and our supporters here in London and throughout the world deserve.”

Symons is fifth boss to go since Hodgson was in charge

Symons had been in charge of the club for just over a year, firstly as a caretaker when he replaced Felix Magath in September, before earning himself a permanent contract.

However, Khan has deemed that the former Fulham player had not done enough to carry on with the job this season.

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As a result of his departure, the likes of Tim Sherwood, Nigel Pearson, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and an other ex-Cottager Lee Clark have all been linked with the position.

The club have seemingly gone downhill since they were up in the Premier League and playing in the Europa League final under Roy Hodgson. Since he left in 2010, Mark Hughes, Martin Jol, Rene Meulensteen, Magath and Symons have all failed to show much progression.

Whoever is the new man to take over, they’ll at least be taking over a club that is not in too precarious a position, as the west Londoners are still seven points above the dropzone.


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