EXPERIENCED: Chris Hughton
CHRIS HUGHTON has become the frontrunner to take over at Fulham as rumours grow that current boss Felix Magath has just two games to save his job.
The Londoners have failed to win any of their first four Championship games after being relegated from the Premier League, conceding nine and scoring just two goals.
Following their 1-0 home defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers, the fans made their feelings clear about the current performances with chants of 'Felix out'. The Whites followed that with a 5-1 loss to Derby at the iPro stadium on Saturday (August 23).
Owner Shahid Khan – who was at Craven Cottage for the Wolves game – is said to have grown tired of the disappointing performances, while former players of the club have come out to back supporters who are calling for the German to be sacked.
It has been a hugely disappointing start to the season for the club who were expected to be challenging for promotion after 13 years in the top flight.
Hughton has been out of work since being sacked by Norwich City five games before the end of the season, but is seen as a steady pair of hands in the competitive league that is the second tier.
Sources close to Hughton say he would be interested in returning to management at the club which saw three different men take the reins last season, as Magath was preceded by Martin Jol and former Manchester United no. 2, Rene Meulensteen.
The former Tottenham defender had a tough spell in his last few months at Norwich, but is well respected in the game after leading Newcastle United to the Championship title in 2010, losing just four of their 46 games. On their way to the title they were unbeaten at home for the entire season, in both league and cup competitions.
He also took Birmingham City to fourth in the league in 2012, at a time when the current financial and boardroom issues were just beginning.
Khan is also said to be sounding out former Chelsea man Roberto Di Matteo, but many feel Hughton's experience at this level could be the deciding factor in any decision.