Fulham manager Chris Coleman signed a new rolling contract today, the club has confirmed.

The youngest manager in the top flight, aged 34, Coleman has been rewarded for guiding Fulham to their highest ever finish of ninth in his first full season in charge. Coleman concluded discussions successfully with Fulham after insisting on recognition for his assistant, Steve Kean, who has also put pen to paper on a new deal.

Coleman said: “Last season was a dream start to my managerial career but I am under no illusions as to how hard the next one will be. We have a fantastic team spirit and it is mine and Steve’s job to make sure it remains that way.”

Fulham chairman Mohamed Al-Fayed added: “Many so-called experts criticised my decision to appoint Chris as manager because of his lack of experience. His first full season in charge astonished many of these critics but his achievements have not surprised me. I believed he was the right man to manage Fulham and I continue to believe that.”

Coleman believes that Fulham’s return to their historic Craven Cottage home will prove a significant boost for the club. The Whites return from their exile at QPR’s Loftus Road with a friendly against Watford on Saturday. The Fulham boss said:

“Going back to the Cottage is a fantastic boost. I am looking forward to it. We have great fans and now a home to call our own. There is no reason why next season cannot be as good if not better than last season.”