Fulham have sacked manager Kit Symons following Saturday’s 5-2 defeat at the hands of Birmingham City yesterday.

The Craven Cottage thrashing proved to be Symons’ final game in charge – with Fulham twelve in the Championship table, some eight points off the play-offs. Symons, who won two promotions with Fulham as a player, took over from Felix Magath in October 2014 after the club made a disastrous start to life in the Championship but has not been able to steer the Londoners into the promotion picture this year.

Fulham chairman Shahid Khan said in a statement: “No one can ever doubt the effort and commitment that Kit put into Fulham, not only as First Team Manager, but also as a player here, and as a key figure in the success of our Academy. Kit came through for us last year at this time and helped stabilise our Club on and off the pitch, and we’re very grateful for that and his many other contributions over the years.

“It is now time to take Fulham to the higher level of success that we expect from our First Team Manager and our players, and our supporters here in London and throughout the world deserve.”

The club have begun the search for a permanent successor to Symons.