Kit Symons has admitted he is surprised Fulham have yet to appoint his replacement and hopes they can find a new head coach soon.

Symons was sacked last month following a 5-2 drubbing at the hands of Birmingham City which left them some way short of the Championship play-off positions.

The search is underway for a new head coach at Craven Cottage but chief football officer Mike Rigg is yet to find the man he wants to lead the club forward.

Plenty of names have been mentioned as possible candidates but so far the Whites have fallen short in the race for the likes of Gary Rowett , Steve Clarke and Paul Lambert.

Rigg had told supporters a new man could have been appointed as early as November 21 but no contract has yet been signed to leave Symons waiting to discover the identity of his successor.

“I’m a little bit surprised,” Symons told Sky Sports News . “They’ve been linked with a few people but not been able to secure the services of the person they want at the moment.

“It’s a funny one as a manager because when you go, you almost hope that it’s all put in place and a new man comes straight in.

“For the good of the club, I want someone in as soon as possible and that will give me a bit of closure as well then and I can move on.

“Getting the man in place is key. That needs to be done sooner rather than later for the football club to move forward.

“It’s a great club and there’s a lot of good people working there and some good fans. I want it to go right, for the club to get back on track, and I think the appointment of a new head coach is pivotal.”

Symons won 22 of his 64 games in charge of the Cottagers after replacing the unpopular Felix Magath and steered the club to a 17th-placed finish last season.

“A lot of the players had lost a lot of belief,” he explained of the situation when he arrived. “It was a very difficult place to be and it was very strict.

“There were certain rules put in place and people just weren’t enjoying it. As much as things have got to be done professionally and done in the right way, I still think you’ve got to enjoy your job.

“We put smiles back on people’s faces. Hearing the Fulham fans singing ‘we’ve got our Fulham back’ was special.

The atmosphere was very low when we arrived and we needed to turn that around. The win against QPR was fantastic, a local derby and both sets of fans were up for it. That was an emphatic victory.”