Date: 29th September 2014 at 10:49pm
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Fulham sit second from bottom of the Championship table.

Bookmakers have already been speculating as to who will get the manager’s job at Craven Cottage in the longer term. Symons himself is amongst the favourites with a best price of 9/2.

He is currently a member of the Wales coaching staff under Chris Coleman and before being appointed as caretaker he has been part of the setup at Fulham as manager of the under-21s. He also spent three years of his playing career and Craven Cottage; he knows the club as well as anybody and understands what needs to be done to resurrect the side.

In that aspect Symons has an advantage over other potential candidates for the job but he lacks experience, he has never held a manager’s role permanently, with only three caretaker spells before this one. Two of those spells came at Crystal Palace, in 2003 and 2007, while the other was at Colchester in 2008. Given the dire situation Fulham find themselves in the board may deem it necessary to go for a manager with a great deal more experience than Kit Symons.

The current overall favourite with bookmakers is former Cardiff boss Malky Mackay, with a best price of 10/3 and a shortest of 7/4 as shown on oddschecker.

Mackay has been out of a job since leaving the Welsh club at the end of last year but he has great experience at Championship level that would be key to rescuing Fulham’s season, previously managing Watford and guiding them to a safe mid-table finish before taking over at Cardiff and winning the division as well as guiding the team to a League Cup final in 2012.

Mackay has a proven ability when it comes to managing at this level and given his Cardiff side averaged less than one goal against per game throughout the 2012-13 league season, he would be capable of stabilising Fulham’s current dismal run of form.

One longer priced candidate how could potentially surprise bookmakers by getting the job is Tony Pulis. Best price for the former Stoke and Crystal Palace boss to take the reins at Fulham is 20/1 but given his previous management record he is somebody the Fulham board should give serious consideration to if there is any chance at all of interesting him in the job.

Like Malky Mackay, Pulis knows what it takes to achieve success in the Championship having guided Stoke to promotion from the division in 2008. Perhaps more significant than achieving promotion is his record when it comes to managing teams at the lower end of the table.

Following that promotion with Stoke, Pulis went on to guide them to Premier League safety in 2009 and in subsequent seasons helped them to become an established top flight team.

However, even more impressive was the impact he made in such a short spell as manager of Crystal Palace at the end of the 2013-14 season.

Taking over as manager just before the halfway point of the season Pulis revitalised a squad that had been struggling to adapt after promotion, solidified the defence and turned potential relegations candidates into a safe mid-table side. That is exactly what Fulham need in their current predicament, having conceded nineteen goals in just eight Championship games they need someone to steady the ship and make them difficult to beat.

That is exactly what Tony Pulis would provide, he may not be renowned for his attractive style of play but he will get results, and that is what is required at the minute.

While it is currently unclear who will be the next permanent manager at Craven Cottage, one thing is certain. Whoever does take over will have a job on their hands to turn around what has been a completely abject start to the season.