Lawrie Sanchez is confident of keeping Fulham up after taking over from Chris Coleman with the Whites four points above the drop zone.

The Northern Ireland has taken charge at Craven Cottage until the end of the season, but would be expected to be appointed on a permanent basis if he saves Fulham from relegation. Sanchez has brought in Les Reed as his assistant after returning from holiday yesterday and heading straight to a meeting with Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed.

The 47 year-old told the Guardian he was confident he could be a success in the Premier League: “I managed against Alan Pardew, Paul Jewell, Iain Dowie and David Moyes in the lower divisions, and they’ve all gone on to figure in the Premiership. When I think of the times I’ve faced these guys in the lower leagues and beaten them, it reinforces my belief.”