Fulham have opened negotiations with manager Chris Coleman over a new deal.

The London club are keen to tie down the fans’ favourite to a long-term contract after he has vastly succeeded expectations in his first full season in charge. The young manager, who had just six months’ coaching experience when he succeeded Jean Tigana on an interim basis last spring, is currently on a rolling contract with the Cottagers.

“We’ve had talks but not in great detail,” the Welshman revealed. “But we will sit down and discuss it. We’ve been so busy getting players to extend their contracts that there hasn’t been time to talk about me.”

“I’ve always had a good relationship with the chairman but I know I’m not on a free ticket,” Coleman said. “I need to keep producing as I’m under no illusions that, if I stop producing, I’ll be out. It’s as simple as that.

“I put a lot of pressure on myself because I’m so determined to be successful – and I’ve enjoyed every minute of being manager.”