Symons named Fulham manager

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The 43-year-old, who has been handed a contract until the end of next season, oversaw the club's previous eight games - recording five wins and a draw - in a caretaker capacity following the departure of Felix Magath in September.

A five-man selection committee of David Daly, Huw Jennings, Brian McBride, Danny Murphy and Niall Quinn decided on the former Wales defender.

Fulham owner Junaid Khan said: "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.

"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."

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