Steve Clarke set to be named new Fulham manager within 24 hours
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Steve Clarke is set to be named the new Fulham manager within the next 24 hours, Football Insider sources understand.
The 52-year-old will leave Reading to take over at Craven Cottage in succession to Kit Symons, who was sacked 10 days ago.
Clarke was due to speak at his weekly media briefing on Thursday morning but Reading have announced that it has been cancelled until Friday morning.
Football Insider revealed on Wednesday that former West Brom manager Clarke had been chosen ahead of Nigel Pearson.
A senior Fulham source has told Football Insider that Clarke has agreed the terms of a contract with owner Shahid Khan, who has been impressed with what the Scot has done in his 11 months at the Madejski Stadium.
The former West Brom manager kept Reading up last season, as well as leading them to last season’s FA Cup semi-final for the first time in 88 years.
Clarke, 52, has made the Royals this season’s surprise packets in the Championship and they are eighth, just four points off the play-offs.
Clarke, who has also been assistant manager at Newcastle, Chelsea, West Ham and Liverpool, has got the Fulham job ahead of Nigel Pearson, who held talks with the west London club.
Symons was dismissed following Fulham’s defeat to Birmingham before the international break, which left the Cottagers 12th in the Championship table, eight points off the play-off places.
Khan said he wanted to take the west London club “to a higher level of success” as they seek a return to the Premier League following relegation in 2014.