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Fulham’s reported interest in David Wagner would show the club has learned lessons from Kit Symons debacle

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Fulham’s reported interest in David Wagner would show the club has learned lessons from Kit Symons debacle

This week, iNews reported that Fulham were interested in hiring former Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner next campaign.

If Fulham ended up appointing Wagner as manager for their Championship season, then the decision would reveal the club learned its lessons from the appointment of Kit Symons.

Currently, the debate is raging among the Fulham support over whether to stick with fan favourite, former Fulham player, and excellent man-manager Scott Parker.

Parker has a serious lack of first-team management (the Fulham caretaker job is his first job at the helm), but has been lauded for his positive ethos and improvement of morale in SW6.

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Others are skeptical of Parker’s inexperienced background and prefer to move for a proven, promotion-winning manager such as Wagner for the 2019/20 campaign.

 

The debate closely mirrors the situation at Craven Cottage in the 2014/15 season. Felix Magath had been sacked after a disastrous start to the Championship season, with Symons taking over on a caretaker basis with the Whites languishing at the bottom of the league.

Symons engineered a remarkable improvement in his opening matches, eventually winning over the Fulham hierarchy and gaining the permanent job. Yet over the course of the following year, performances plateaued and Symons was sacked in November 2015 with Fulham in 12th place.

Back in 2014, Symons got the job with his initial great results and injection of optimism, but his inexperience wasn’t enough for Fulham to get back in the Premier League.

In the end, it seems Fulham are deciding to go with experience with David Wagner instead of the exuberance of Scott Parker — learning their lesson from Kit Symons’ appointment.

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