Managing director David McNally has left Fulham, the Premier League have confirmed today.

McNally moved to Craven Cottage in 2005 after a successful spell with Celtic and he has been heavily linked with the chief executive’s position at Arsenal.

A Fulham statement said: “David McNally, managing director of Fulham Football Club, has today commenced six months notice of termination of employment, and will meanwhile cease all his duties and responsibilities with immediate effect. “Pending the appointment of a new managing director, Mr McNally’s responsibilities will be shared between a number of senior employees, under the day-to-day direction of Chris Bailey.”

Last month newspaper reports suggested that McNally had been headhunted by Arsenal as a potential replacement for Keith Edelman. The Gunners are believed to rate the Scot highly after his decision to hire Roy Hodgson saw Fulham preserve their Premier League safety with a miraculous escape from relegation on the final day of the season. McNally has been credited initially with executing Hodgson’s January transfer strategy that saw the likes of Brede Hangeland and Erik Nevland arrive from Scandinavia.