Fulham manager's job "attractive" to Alan Curbishley

Alan Curbishley and Kit Symons
Alan Curbishley (left) had been helping departed Fulham boss Kit Symons in an advisory role this season

Former Charlton and West Ham boss Alan Curbishley has refused to rule himself out of the running for the vacant manager's job at Fulham.

The 58-year-old was an advisor to Kit Symons at Craven Cottage before the Welshman was sacked on Sunday.

"It's up to other people. They need to think about what kind of manager they want," Curbishley said.

"It is an attractive job and I'm sure there are going to be lots of people who will be applying."

Symons was dismissed following Saturday's 5-2 defeat at home to Birmingham, which left the Cottagers 12th in the Championship table, eight points off the play-off places.

Chairman Shahid Khan said he wanted to take the west London club "to a higher level of success" as they seek a return to the Premier League following relegation in 2014.

Curbishley has been out of management since leaving West Ham in 2008, but had a spell as technical director with Fulham in 2013-14 before becoming an advisor to Symons earlier this year.

"I won two promotions [with Charlton] and been in the play-offs before," Curbishley told BBC Radio London.

Alan Curbishley factfile
Curbishley spent 15 years as Charlton Athletic manager between 1991 and 2006, establishing the club in the Premier League
He subsequently had a two-year spell in charge of West Ham but resigned in September 2008 because of a lack of control over transfer policy
Had a two-month spell as technical director at Fulham in 2013-14, leaving when Felix Magath became manager
Rejoined the Whites in an advisory capacity to now-departed manager Kit Symons earlier this year

First-team coaches Mark Pembridge and Sean Reed are currently supervising training as chief football officer Mike Rigg conducts the search for a new manager.

Curbishley says Fulham are capable of finishing in the top six this season.

"With the top two at the moment on 30-odd points, it is a big haul to catch them," he said.

"Fulham have got a side which could, on its day, beat anyone 4-0. But they could get beat 4-0. Whoever comes in has got to try and change that a little bit.

"You have got to get the results. That was why it was a galling situation at the weekend for Fulham, because if we had beaten Birmingham we would have gone two points behind them.

"It is difficult, but it can be done."

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