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Marco Silva will begin his reign as Fulham head coach by working remotely as he has to quarantine having travelled from Portugal.

The new Fulham boss may be able to get around his homeland’s presence on the government’s amber list by taking a PCR test and finishing his quarantine early as part of the ‘test and release’ scheme. That may allow Silva to meet Fulham’s players as early as next Tuesday, but in practice the club’s senior coach Stuart Gray will continue to run pre-season training until the 43 year-old is able to take sessions at Motspur Park himself.

The Athletic reports this morning that Silva was the frontrunner to succeed Scott Parker from the outset having been highlighted by the club’s hierarchy as a leading candidate after expressing his eagerness to return to English football. Steve Cooper, Chris Wilder and Eddie Howe were considered as alternatives but the latter quickly ruled himself out of the running and Silva was the only candidate who Shahid Khan met.