Kit Symons is to step down as Wales assistant manager in order to fully concentrate on Fulham’s forthcoming Championship campaign.

The former Welsh international defender has been number two to his close friend – and fellow former Fulham team-mate – Chris Coleman since November 2012 and had continued to work with the national team during their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign despite being promoted to succeed Felix Magath at Craven Cottage.

Coleman had consulted with Fulham chairman Shahid Khan to gain the club’s permission to retain Symons services once he had been installed as first team manager in September and the Whites boss was heavily involved again during this international break, which saw Wales record a crucial win over Belgium in Cardiff on Friday. But, speaking after the game, Coleman revealed that he would soon be announcing Symons’ replacement and allowing him to concentrate on his first full season in club management.

We will have a chat but I think Kit will have to stop and concentrate on Fulham. It will be a shame for him to go as he has done really well, but managing a club and working with your country is very difficult to do.

He is probably very emotional as he has represented Wales for 25 years as a player and coach and I will miss him. I have got his replacement, but he is in work at a club and until he puts pen to paper we cannot make it official.