Fulham have appointed Alan Curbishley in a backroom role to assist current manager Kit Symons, according to the club’s website.
The 57-year-old will work in tandem with Symons as the Whites look to revitalise what has been a disastrous season back in the second tier.
It is seen as a surprise swift return for Curbishley, having previously held a ‘technical director’ role on the banks of the Thames up until the beginning of last year.
In his press conference before hosting high-flying Bournemouth on Friday night, Symons expressed his delight with the appointment.
He told fulhamfc.com: “I am delighted. Alan is someone who I know reasonably well. And I know him by reputation extremely well.
“He’s been around a long time with a wealth of experience.
“That’s the one thing that myself and my staff, who have been fantastic I’ve got to say, haven’t got at that level. He’s got that experience in abundance. I’ll be certainly tapping into him trying to get as much knowledge and use his experience as much as possible.
“I want to be as good as I can be and want the staff to be as good as they can be and I want the football club to do as well as it can. And Alan Curbishley coming in will help that.”
The move is likely to cause a mixed reaction amongst fans of the SW6 outfit, with many finding his previous tenure to be a waste of both time and money.
However, a large chunk will be encouraged by the introduction of much needed experience for the former Under-21 manager who has struggled of late.
Following a sixth loss in nine games on Tuesday night at Watford, the Cottagers will be hopeful of getting back to winning ways in front of the Sky cameras on Friday night against Bournemouth.