Fulham have named the former Inter Milan and Blackburn boss Roy Hodgson as their new manager. The 60 year-old has signed a ‘long-term contract’ to take over at Craven Cottage and will attempt to steer the Whites to safety after tomorrow’s game at Birmingham City.

Ray Lewington and Billy McKinlay will remain in charge of first-team affairs for the trip to St. Andrew’s – but Fulham figures admit the search for a permanent replacement was intensified after a 5-1 thrashing at Tottenham on Boxing Day. Fulham are currently third from bottom and sacked Lawrie Sanchez after he had won just two league games all season.

Hodgson said: “I am delighted to have been offered this opportunity with Fulham. After long talks with the Chairman and the board I am convinced that we can take the Club to a new level. I am determined that we will overcome the current position, which I understand will be a challenge, but one that I will relish. I am very much looking forward to training with the team on Sunday, and will of course be at St Andrews tomorrow to watch the vital clash against Birmingham City.”

Fulham chairman Mohamed Al-Fayed added: β€œIt is my vision to combine the best of the fantastic traditions of the English Premier League with the flair and innate professionalism of the continental game, which I hope will return Fulham to its tradition of playing attractive passing football. I believe that Roy has immense experience in all areas of football and can drive this Club forward for the long term. My commitment to this Club has never dwindled and I am more than ever determined that we have the right man to turn round our current predicament and build for a successful future.”