Fulham manager latest: Billionaire owner flies to London to take hands-on role in pursuit
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Shahid Khan is preparing to take a more hands-on role in the club’s pursuit of a new manager, Football Insider sources understand.
The US-based Fulham owner has flown to London this week to oversee the process following a series of recruitment setbacks.
The Championship club have been rebuffed three times since sacking Kit Symons at the start of November, with Gary Rowett following Nigel Pearson and Steve Clarke by rejecting their advances last week.
As revealed by Football Insider last Friday, talks to entice Rowett from Birmingham broke down over a legal issue.
It was the latest twist in what has been a fraught pursuit of a replacement for Symons, who was sacked at the start of last month.
Pakistan-born billionare Khan, who also owns the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars team, wants a new man in place sooner rather than later.
A Fulham source has told Football Insider that the club have not given up hoping of enticing Mark Warburton from Rangers, while Maccabi Tel-Aviv boss Slavisa Jokanovic, who steered Watford to promotion last season, is also in their sights.
Khan wants to appoint a head coach-type figure who can work with transfer chief Mike Rigg rather than a traditional manager in the mould of Harry Redknapp or former Charlton and West Ham boss Alan Curbishley, who is advising caretaker Peter Grant.
As revealed by Football Insider, a deal with Pearson is dead in the water as his long-time assistants Steve Walsh and Craig Shakespeare are unwilling to quit Leicester for a pay cut.
Reading manager Steve Clarke had agreed the terms of a contract with the Londoners but the deal collapsed after he tried to renegotiate lucrative top-up bonuses.