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Curbishley: Fulham job is an attractive proposition

Alan Curbishley has not managed for while. Credit: PA

Former Charlton Athletic and West Ham manager Alan Curbishley has refused to rule himself out of the running of the Fulham job.

Curbishley, who hasn't managed a club since 2008, has recently acted as an adviser for ex-Fulham boss Kit Symons.

It's up to other people. They need to think about what kind of manager they wan.

It is an attractive job and I'm sure there are going to be lots of people who will be applying. I won two promotions (with Charlton) and I've been in the play-offs before.

With the top two at the moment on 30-odd points, it is a big haul to catch them. Fulham have got a side which could, on its day, beat anyone 4-0. But they could get beaten 4-0. Whoever comes in has got to try and change that a little bit.

You have got to get the results. That was why it was a galling situation at the weekend for Fulham, because if we had beaten Birmingham we would have gone two points behind them. It is difficult, but it can be done.

– Alan Curbishley speaking to BBC London


Charlton rescue late point against Fulham

Johnnie Jackson scored the first. Credit: PA

Charlton dramatically rescued a point with a stoppage-time equaliser in a 2-2 draw at home to London rivals Fulham.

In what was a strangely uncompetitive affair until the final 10 minutes between two teams bereft of confidence, Fulham appeared destined for victory after taking the lead through goals from Ryan Tunnicliffe and Ross McCormack.

However, Charlton captain Johnnie Jackson, on as a substitute, inspired an unlikely comeback by scoring with his first touch before Jordan Cousins headed home their second.

Wolves cruise to win at Fulham

Wolves were dominant. Credit: Reuters

Wolves flourished rather than floundered in the wake of Steve Morgan's decision to sell up, with substitute Sheyi Ojo inspiring his side to a comprehensive victory at Fulham.

News emanated on the eve of Tuesday's Sky Bet Championship encounter that the owner had stepped down from the board with immediate effect and was looking to find a buyer eight years after taking over at Molineux from the late Sir Jack Hayward.

The development sent shockwaves around the West Midlands, but Kenny Jackett's side responded impressively as Adam Le Fondre, Ojo and James Henry wrapped up an impressive 3-0 win against the 10 men of Fulham.

Fulham hold on to beat Blackburn

Moussa Dembele got Fulham's second. Credit: PA

Ross McCormack and Moussa Dembele fired Fulham to a 2-1 victory and piled on the misery for Blackburn.

Winless Rovers are rooted in the bottom three of the Sky Bet Championship after finding themselves two goals down inside the opening half an hour.

What should have then been a Sunday stroll for Fulham became less straightforward when Jordan Rhodes halved the arrears from the penalty spot.

It got a touch feisty in the second half. Credit: PA

Cardiff and Fulham play out opening day draw

Craig Noone netted the equaliser. Credit: PA

Substitute Craig Noone produced a stunning late strike to earn Cardiff a 1-1 draw in their Championship opener at home to Fulham.

Cardiff seemed to be running out of ideas when Noone, who had been on the pitch for only eight minutes, rifled a 25-yard shot into the top corner of the net with only four minutes remaining.

What had been an evenly-balanced contest turned Fulham's way when Matt Smith punished Simon Moore's goalkeeping error two minutes after the re-start.


Fulham sign promising Everton defender Garbutt on loan

Fulham have signed Everton defender Luke Garbutt on a season-long loan deal.

Garbutt has moved to Fulham on loan. Credit: PA

The 22-year-old full-back penned a new five-year deal with Everton last month but will now seek first-team experience with the Championship side.

Toffees boss Roberto Martinez wanted the former Leeds academy man to go out and further himself and has managed to secure a deal with Kit Symons' Cottagers.

Martinez told his club's official website:

Luke is ready to go on loan and gain playing time and experience which will further help his development and, ultimately, help him to fulfil his potential.

He has all the talent in the world with his cultured left foot and he will shine and be a massive asset in the Fulham team and in their dressing room.

This was always the plan for Luke after he impressed last season and regular, competitive football is the next step in his development. In his position, he is one of the most talented young players in England.

– Everton manager Roberto Martinez

Man City closing in on £11million Fulham teenager

Patrick Roberts looks set for Man City. Credit: PA

Manchester City are closing in on an £11million deal to sign Fulham teenager Patrick Roberts.

The 18-year-old winger has played just 22 times for the Cottagers after he made his debut as a second-half substitute against City in Fulham's 5-0 defeat at Manchester City in March, 2014.

But Press Association Sport understands City will pay in the region of £5million up front for the teenager with a further £6million in add-ons.

Fulham wanted to keep Roberts but it is understood he handed in a transfer request in order to seal a move to the Premier League club.

Roberts, pictured on social media reportedly arriving at Wilmslow Hospital for his medical on Saturday afternoon, becomes the third English player to join City this summer.

He follows Raheem Sterling, who signed in a British record £49million deal from Liverpool, and Fabian Delph, the Aston Villa captain confirmed as a City player late on Friday.

Roberts has represented England at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-19 levels.

He also led the Cottagers to the 2014 FA Youth Cup final where they lost 7-6 on aggregate to Chelsea.

Ruiz leaves Fulham for Sporting Lisbon

Bryan Ruiz has departed. Credit: PA

Sporting Lisbon have signed Costa Rica forward Bryan Ruiz from Fulham for an undisclosed fee.

The 29-year-old joined the Cottagers for £10.6million in 2011 and was due to leave on a free this summer until the club took up an option to extend his deal in May.

But the extension proved to be short-lived as both clubs have announced that Ruiz has signed a three-year deal in Lisbon with a 60million euro (£43million) buy-out clause.

Southampton loan in Fulham keeper

Maarten Stekelenburg is off to the South Coast. Credit: PA

Southampton have brought in Holland goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg on a season-long loan from Fulham to provide cover for the injured Fraser Forster.

Both clubs announced the deal on Monday evening, with the Saints needing to make a move after Forster damaged his left patellar tendon in March - an injury which he is expected to take up to a year to recover from.

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