Kit Symons reckons a successful ‘interview’ for the Fulham manager’s job is down to the players.

If the side named and trained keeps on winning, the caretaker reckons the job is permanently his, even though he knows there are informal but more conventional interviews with others behind the scenes.

The former Wales international got off to a winning start in the 2-1 League Cup win over Doncaster on Wednesday, and plans a first three Championship points over ex-Fulham pal Lee Clark’s Birmingham on Saturday, while insisting he is the man best placed to take the club forward.

“It’s only been a week, but it’s been longest week in my life,” Symons said. “This is my interview, and the more time I get the better. I’ve spoken to the owner on the phone and we had a positive chat.”

“I know they will be talking to other people as well,” the caretaker said. But he reckoned he had a head start when it came to knowing the job at hand.

“You do need to know what you’re dealing with. To make Fulhamish decisions you do need to know the fabric of the club, and I’m in a position to know this.”

However, Symons downplayed reports he intends to bring in Alan Curbishley in a supporting role, at least until he gets the job permanently.

“A lot of things will need addressing. But I wouldn’t want to jinx it until that happens,” added Symons.

There are no new injury worries, although striker Matt Smith is available after serving a three-game suspension.