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Fulham have appointed Kit Symons as manager of the Championship side.

The 43-year-old had been in charge on an interim basis since the sacking of Felix Magath last month. The former Fulham defender won five of his nine games in charge and has lifted the Whites away from the Championship relegation zone. Symons feared that the midweek defeat by Derby in the League Cup would hinder his chances after chairman Shahid Khan formed a five-man panel to consider the permanent appointment, but those worries proved unfounded.

Khan said in a statement: “We’ve been a different football club, on and off the pitch, since Kit stepped in as our caretaker manager. His passion for Fulham is evident and contagious. I believe the promise ahead of him is extremely bright. Above all, Kit understands and is committed to our goals, and he knows there is much work ahead.”

Symons took over with Fulham rock bottom of the table – having collected just one point from their first seven games after being relegated from the Premier League. Symons has garnered thirteen points out of a possible 21 and has been rewarded with a contract until the end of the 2015-16 season.