Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink and David Moyes among favourites to replace Kit Symons as the next manager of Fulham
Fulham are the latest Championship club to be searching for a new manager, with the London club dispensing with the services of Kit Symons in the past few days.
The Cottagers aren’t likely to be short of applicants for the vacant role of Head Coach, with Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink the 9/4 favourite with Paddy Power, although the Burton Albion manager is relatively inexperienced.
Hasselbaink’s first managerial role at the Pirelli Stadium has seen the Brewers gain promotion to League One, while they are currently acquitting themselves well at this level.
Nevertheless, the Dutchman might be overlooked in favour of other candidates, with David Moyes an 8/1 chance after the Scot was recently sacked by Real Sociedad. The former Manchester United manager could be ready for a swift return to the English game and this opportunity could be fantastic in terms of rebuilding his reputation.
Nigel Pearson is an 8/1 poke although the former Leicester boss seems content enough to wait for a Premier League opportunity to come along, while Paul Lambert is 10/1 with Sky Bet.
Steve Bruce is as short as 6/1 although the Hull manager might not be keen on swapping the KC Stadium for Craven Cottage, while Alan Curbishley and Uwe Rosler are other men that might be considered for the role.
Five potential men to become Fulham manager
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Reports in the national press claim Fulham are prepared to go head-to-head with west London rivals QPR over highly-rated Burton Albion boss Hasselbaink, who is an 8/1 chance with Coral to take on the Craven Cottage challenge.
A prolific scorer at Chelsea, the former Netherlands striker is understood to be ambitious, and a club like Fulham, backed with the financial muscle of Premier League parachute payments, may be able to match his desire to get to top-flight management.
Another in-demand boss is Pearson, and again Fulham may find themselves in a fight for his services should their rivals the Hoops register interest. Unlike Hasselbaink, the former Leicester City manager has proved himself at this level.
Pearson’s promotion with the Foxes, storming to the 2013/14 Championship title, saw some breathtaking football played in the East Midlands. Fulham are 12/1 chances with BetVictor to appoint him.
Ex-Aston Villa boss Lambert could be in line for a return to management at the Cottage, with reports suggesting he joins Pearson on Fulham’s shortlist. While his West Midlands works leave a lot to be desired, he got Norwich City up to the Premier League in style.
Sky Bet go 8/1 that Lambert gets the nod, and he had a distinguished playing career in midfield that included a Champions League triumph while on the books of Borussia Dortmund.
Recently kicked to the kerb by Leeds United, Rosler may rate in some punters’ minds as damaged goods. This does him a disservice. Fulham’s hierarchy will have seen the splendid job he did with Brentford, ultimately finished by successor Mark Warburton.
Ex-East Germany frontman Rosler could make a swift return to coaching in west London, with Sky Bet offering an attractive 18/1 price on him being handed the reins at Craven Cottage.
If promotion is Fulham’s aim, then that has been Hull City boss Bruce’s game in the past. He has three on his CV, two with Birmingham and another at the KC Stadium.
With Coral going 4/1 on Bruce coming to the capital, it remains to be seen whether he would desert the Tigers for another team that was recently in the Premier League.