Fulham have confirmed that renovation work at Craven Cottage has got underway – ahead of a return to the club’s historic home next season.

Mohamed Al-Fayed has reversed course on his previous plans to leave the Cottage permanently after a successful campaign by the club’s supporters, with the Whites set to play a final season in exile at near neighbours Queens Park Rangers. Work began on relaying the pitch at Craven Cottage earlier this week, with the conversion of the terracing at either end of the stadium the major task.

Fulham manager Chris Coleman told the Press Association: “Everyone wants to go back to the Cottage and the club are trying hard to get us there. We started work on the pitch so that, if we do go back, it will be in good shape.”