Former Fulham manager Ray Wilkins is to return to Fulham as part of Rene Meulensteen’s coaching staff.

The 57-year-old was manager at Craven Cottage in 1997 prior to taking up coaching roles at Chelsea, Watford and Millwall and had a win percentage of just over 47 per cent.

His experience is seen as vital to helping Meulensteen cope with facing up to a relegation battle, one that is all the more realistic following yesterday’s 6-0 thrashing by Hull City.

Fulham appointed Alan Curbishley to a technical director role last week and Wilkins will add extra expertise after years of service at Chelsea where he worked as coach and caretaker manager.

The former England international midfielder has been working as a TV pundit and co-commentator but is renowned in the game for his man-management skills and ability as a coach. It will be no mean task for Wilkins. Fulham boss Meulensteen apologised to fans following the defeat to Hull and acknowledged he and his players will have to go back to the drawing board to revive their season.

Although Clint Dempsey has joined on loan from Seattle they want another striker, midfielder and centre-back in the January transfer window as they look to boost a flagging squad.