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Kit Symons told the press he was ‘very confident’ of clinching the full-time manager’s job after watching his Fulham side move out of the bottom three with a comfortable win over Charlton Athletic at Craven Cottage tonight.

Symons has now won five of his eight games in charge since he replaced Felix Magath on a temporary basis in September. An early goal from Scott Parker and a brace from Hugo Rodallega ensured Fulham moved out of the relegation zone for the first time in Symons’ tenure after a 3-0 over Charlton, who had only lost once previously this season. The former Fulham centre back was confident that he was the front runner for the post, although insisted he hadn’t had anything confirmed.

[I haven’t heard anything] at all, although I haven’t looked at my phone yet. I’m very confident I’ll get it, it has to be getting more difficult, with the team winning games, for the five-man panel not to see the obvious thing to do for this football club.

I won’t get giddy or carried away. The chairman is over week after next. I don’t know what to expect, I understand the process but not when a decision will be made or how it will come about.

Hopefully we’ll find out sooner rather than later. We’ll chat on the phone Monday, we had a long chat last Monday, although not about the job unfortunately.

Symons praised the attitude and commitment of his players since he took over the reigns.

The morale and the vibe around training ground is brilliant. There are big smiles around the place now and that’s the environment I want. I haven’t reinvented the wheel, I just believe in common sense. I have a very simple way of working but it’s thorough and the players know what I expect.