Fulham have parted company with chief executive Jim Hone.

Coleman and Hone are believed to have fallen out recently, triggering a chain of events that led to the chief executive’s departure yesterday. With the transfer window having just opened, Hone would have been expected to play a key part in transfer deals over the next few weeks.

Hone, who arrived from Celtic in December 2003, will be replaced temporarily by long-serving director and lifelong Fulham fan Mark Collins, who will fulfil the position on a part-time basis until a permanent successor is found. Hone can, though, look back on his tenure at Fulham with a sense of achievement: his time coincided with the club’s highest ever league finish – ninth in the Premiership last season – and the return to Craven Cottage, combined with improved financial performance.

The Sun reports that chief executive Jim Hone was axed after club chairman Mohamed Fayed accused him of unsettling Steed Malbranque.

Boss Chris Coleman was furious when Hone told a fans’ meeting midfielder Malbranque might be sold because of an attitude problem.