Chris Coleman has backed his former team-mate Kit Symons to take over at Fulham – but he says he would be able to retain his current position as Welsh assistant manager if he lands the Craven Cottage job full-time.

Coleman, whose first job in management came at Fulham between 2003 and 2007, believes that Symons, who has been assisting with his Wales since January 2012, is the right man to bring stability to the club but such a move would be bittersweet.

If he does get it he won’t be able to do both. If he gets it I’ll be delighted for Kit but I certainly don’t want to lose him.

Symons, who has managed both the Under 18 and Under 21 sides at Fulham, has been vocal in admitting his desire to succeed the sacked Felix Magath on a permanent basis. He has increased his chances after putting together a run of three straight wins – including last night’s 4-0 hammering of Bolton – and looks like leading candidate to be considered by Shahid Khan’s five-man selection committee. Coleman believes his passion for the club makes him a good fit.

I think he really wants the job and I’d like to see him get the chance. I think he would be good for Fulham. I think it’s what Fulham needs, someone like Kit who absolutely loves the club at heart.