IS BEEB’S DAN THE MAN FOR FUL­HAM?

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Jamie Holt

FOR­MER Eng­land mid­fielder Danny Murphy would be in­ter­ested in a re­turn to Ful­ham as re­place­ment for axed man­ager Felix Ma­gath.

Murphy, who cur­rently works as a BBC pun­dit, made 210 ap­pear­ances in five years at Craven Cot­tage be­fore leav­ing for Black­burn in 2012.

Chair­man Shahid Khan is look­ing to work with a fourth man­ager dur­ing his short ten­ure, and Murphy has made plain his de­sire to go back.

“I care about the club deeply and I’ve al­ways had a de­sire to get in­volved, but that’s out of my hands,” Murphy said.

“I’ve al­ways said I’d like to go back to Ful­ham at some point in some ca­pac­ity be­cause I have an affin­ity with the sup­port­ers there.

“If they did want to speak to me, of course I’d be open­minded to that. I would never dis­re­gard some­thing like that.”

Ma­gath was sacked fol­low­ing Wed­nes­day night’s 5-3 de­feat at Not­ting­ham For­est in a move Khan de­scribed as “un­for­tu­nate but nec­es­sary”, with Kit Sy­mons tak­ing tem­po­rary charge.

The 61-year-old won only four of his 20 games in charge at the west London club and be­came the third man­ager to be sacked, after Martin Jol and Rene Meu­len­steen, since Khan took over the Cot­tagers in July 2013.

“I am do­ing what I feel is right and needed for Ful­ham Foot­ball Club, for to­day as well as to­mor­row,” said Khan.

“I thank our sup­port­ers for stand­ing by us dur­ing th­ese most dif­fi­cult of times on the pitch, and prom­ise bet­ter days ahead.”

The de­feat at the City Ground was Ful­ham’s sixth in seven matches, with their soli­tary point leav­ing them bot­tom of the Cham­pi­onship after rel­e­ga­tion from the Premier League.

Ex-Celtic man­ager Neil Len­non has ex­pressed his in­ter­est in the job while for­mer West Brom boss Steve Clarke and ex-Nor­wich chief Chris Hughton have been linked.

OPEN-MINDED: Murphy

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