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AF­TER the botched pur­suit of Read­ing’s Steve Clarke, Ful­ham re­turn to ac­tion with tum­ble­weed blow­ing through the dugout.

It’s been an em­bar­rass­ing week for the Whites but, in fairness, they were caught with their pants down by Black­burn’s blitzkrieg ap­point­ment of Paul Lam­bert.

The Scot was Ful­ham’s No.1 tar­get and had al­ready been sounded out about tak­ing charge. He ap­peared keen.

Then, de­ter­mined to snatch the for­mer Nor­wich boss, Black­burn sacked Gary Bowyer and made a huge play for Lam­bert. No short­list, no in­ter­view, no mess­ing.

Panic en­sued, with Ful­ham first ap­proach­ing Nigel Pear­son, who re­jected their over­tures on Tues­day. Then came the hasty, ill-con­ceived move for Clarke, lead­ing to a will-he-won’t-he fi­asco that played out in the na­tional me­dia.

Ful­ham are still man­ager­less and Read­ing have been desta­bilised.

The only peo­ple to come out of this look­ing good are Black­burn’s own­ers, the Venky’s. And when they are making you look daft, you know it’s been a wretched week.

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