The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Pippa Field

FUL­HAM boss Kit Sy­mons has in­sisted that he calls the shots – and that he wants to con­tinue work­ing with Alan Cur­bish­ley.

Sy­mons, 44, suc­ceeded Felix Ma­gath in the dugout in Oc­to­ber af­ter a suc­cess­ful spell as care­taker boss and signed a con­tract un­til the end of next sea­son.

How­ever, the Cot­tagers’ ini­tial en­cour­ag­ing form dipped and, last month, for­mer Charl­ton boss Cur­bish­ley, 57, ar­rived at the west Lon­don club in an ad­vi­sory ca­pac­ity.

“I’d def­i­nitely like him to stay,” said Sy­mons. “I didn’t re­ally know Curbs un­til he came in last time at the club, but I’ve been re­ally im­pressed with him.

“His knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence has been a breath of fresh air.

“I speak to all my staff about team se­lec­tion.We sit down and look at all sce­nar­ios that might come up in games, and Curbs plays a part in that, as the other boys do.

“I want peo­ple’s opin­ions and for them to play devil’s ad­vo­cate, but when I’ve got all that, there’s only one per­son who picks the team – and that’s me.

“It’s my head on the block and it’s the only way it can work prop­erly.”

IM­PRESSED: Kit Sy­mons

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