Fulham are trying to install first-choice candidate Nigel Pearson as their new head coach before the weekend, according to Sky sources.

The former Leicester boss has been top of the Sky Bet Championship club’s shortlist since Kit Symons was sacked 10 days ago and they have stepped up talks this week.

But the Whites are also preparing to let Alan Curbishley, who has been conducting first-team training since Symons’ departure, take charge of the team at MK Dons on Saturday.