Alan Curbishley can help Fulham, says boss Kit Symons

Alan Curbishley
Curbishley had a brief stint as Fulham's technical director last season

Fulham manager Kit Symons says the addition of Alan Curbishley to his backroom staff will benefit the club in their Championship relegation battle.

Former Charlton boss Curbishley, 57, rejoined the Whites earlier this month.

"Curbs has come in to bring his wealth of experience," Symons told BBC Radio 5 live after Wednesday's defeat by Leeds.

"He will be a sounding board to help me and the staff in every way he can. He hasn't got a magic wand but I will be tapping into him at every opportunity."

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Symons on Fulham v Leeds

Curbishley spent 15 years as Charlton Athletic manager between 1991 and 2006, establishing the club in the Premier League, and subsequently had a two-year spell in charge of West Ham until he resigned in September 2008.

He had a brief stint as Fulham's technical director last season, but left Craven Cottage in February 2014 - less than two months after his appointment - when Felix Magath became manager.

Curbishley, who is in an advisory capacity until the end of the season, was on the Fulham bench as the west London club lost 3-0 at home to Leeds on Wednesday.

The defeat left the Whites 21st in the table, six points above the relegation zone with eight games of the season remaining.

Having won just one of their last 11 league fixtures, Symons says he is "very concerned" about their position, but remains confident of guiding the club to safety.

Kit Symons
Defeat by Leeds on Wednesday consigned Symons' Fulham side to their third defeat in four games.

"I am aware of exactly what we need to do to get out of it," he told BBC London 94.9.

"It is not good where we are and I am under no illusions. But when I took over after one point from the first seven games, I knew it wasn't going to be easy.

"At that stage things were looking very, very bleak.

"We managed to galvanise things and rally the troops to an extent and pick us up a little bit, but results have tailed off and we need to get a few wins and pretty sharpish."

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