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Khan sets up recruitment panel

last updated Tuesday 30th September 2014, 3:45 PM

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Fulham chairman Shahid Khan today named a five-person search committee to provide guidance and leadership in identifying and reviewing candidates to serve as the next First Team manager of Fulham Football Club.

David Daly, Huw Jenkins, Brian McBride, Danny Murphy and Niall Quinn have all been named on the committee to review the contenders to take over at Craven Cottage.

Khan said, in the wake of Felix Magath's sacking two weeks ago, that he will lead the search and ultimately appoint the position, but would seek counsel from qualified football people from within, close to or outside Fulham.

Last week, Khan told Kit Symons, the current caretaker manager, that he is considered a candidate to assume the role of first team manager on a full-time basis.

However, this is, by no means, a done deal and he will have to impress Khan's advisors.

"But this will be an exhaustive, thorough and deliberate process," Khan said in his programme notes on September 20.

"No decisions will be made for the sake of deadlines or convenience.

"I plan to summon a number of qualified advisors for input, some within or close to the Fulham family and others who will bring a perspective from outside the Club.

"In the end the decision will be mine, but the choice will be made with the benefit of excellent and highly respected counsel."

All five committee members spoke last week with Khan, and all but McBride met in London within the past few days with Mark Lamping, the president of the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League and a non executive director on the Fulham Board of Directors.

Khan met with Daly last month in London, and Khan and Lamping met with McBride during the summer at a United States men's national team match in Jacksonville.

"I've got the right five men to help us find the right man for Fulham," Khan said. "They each bring something similar, and yet unique, to the search.

"They understand what we want to achieve and they're committed to the process. And they very much respect Fulham. "They know this is a special job for a manager and they want to play a role in making sure we get this right for everyone who plays for Fulham or loves the club. And we will."

The committee in more detail:

David Daly

Daly is Senior Director of Club and Federation business at Nike. He is a lifelong Fulham fan who, as a child, regularly attended matches in the Hammersmith Stand and continues to be a season ticket holder from his office in Amsterdam.

Huw Jennings

Jennings has more than 20 years of experience of developing young talent for the professional game. He is responsible for managing the Category One-ranked Fulham Academy programme through the U21 level, covering areas from player acquisition and contracts, staff engagement and deployment among many other important duties.

Brian McBride

A former captain at Fulham and hero for the United States men's national team, McBride remains linked to the international game and his passion for Fulham is vibrant as ever.

Given the rich history of U.S. talent at Fulham, McBride's service to the chairman and search committee will strengthen that connection as Fulham rebuilds for the future and ultimately eyes global growth.

Danny Murphy

The former captain at Fulham and based in London, Murphy is only recently removed from his playing career and therefore offers an important point of view on what will work best for a manager in today's football environment and, in particular, at a club with the tradition and respect as Fulham.

Murphy's love for Fulham and desire to contribute to his former club are both unqualified and threw his hat into the ring for the manager's job.

Niall Quinn

A former Ireland national team star, Quinn briefly attended the Fulham Academy before playing 17 seasons in English football with Arsenal and Manchester City before landing at Sunderland, where he would forge an impressive career as a player, manager and chairman. In his first season as chairman, in 2006-2007, Quinn led the Black Cats back into the Premier League and kept the club there for six seasons. Quinn was heralded at Sunderland for his ability to connect community with club.

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