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last updated Wednesday 11th November 2015, 6:05 PM

Fulham striker Barry Hayles
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Barry Hayles
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While disappointed to see his former team-mate sacked, Barry Hayles reckons Kit Symons' departure will signal the start of better things for Fulham.

Hayles and Symons were team-mates at Craven Cottage for three years at the turn of the century, just as Fulham were making a return to top flight football for the first time in 30 years.

Symons was this week sacked as Fulham boss after a 5-2 home drubbing by Birmingham confirmed the board's belief that he was not the right man to lead a charge back to the Premier League.

Hayles said: "You could see it coming really. The 5-2 home defeat was the final nail in the coffin, but it wasn't just that, it had been brewing for a while.

Fulham striker Barry Hayles
"They brought him in to do a steady job and that's what he did, but they need to step up to the next level now, and Kit was struggling to do that.

"They want to go back up to the Premier League, and there is a fantastic squad which is good enough to be up there challenging, but I don't think Kit was getting the best out of the players.

"I was disappointed to see him go as we're old team-mates who go back a long way, and I know he loves the club as much as I do.

"They could have given him until Christmas to see through his 18-month contract, but the club needed a breath of fresh air."

Strangely enough, at the same time that Symons was being handed his P45 on Sunday, Hayles was helping his current club, Southern League Chesham United, cause an almighty upset by knocking Bristol Rovers out of the FA Cup.

Chesham now face either Bradford or Aldershot in the second round, and should they manage another giant-killing, Hayles is already dreaming of a third round tie at Craven Cottage.

He said: "That was up there with my best days as a footballer. I remember reaching the semis with Fulham one year when they lost to Chelsea but I never reached the final, so I've been telling the boys they've got to get me there as it's my last chance!"

Hayles combines his new role scoring goals for Chesham with coaching their players, and says being a coach at Fulham one day would be a dream job, but added: "I don't think I'm ready for the hot seat just yet!"

Source Tim Street at GetWestLondon
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