Monday 20 November 2017

Wilkins answers 'SOS' from Fulham flops

Ray Wilkins
Ray Wilkins

FULHAM will today appoint Ray Wilkins as assistant to manager Rene Meulensteen .

The 57-year-old former England international is the second English name brought in by the club since the appointment of Meulensteen as manager last month. Last week they hired former Charlton and West Ham manager Alan Curbishley as technical director.

Wilkins, who was briefly manager at Craven Cottage in 1997, last worked as Carlo Ancelotti's assistant at Chelsea -- he left in December 2010.

It is hoped that, along with Curbishley, Wilkins' knowledge of English football will help them strengthen the squad when the transfer window opens in January.

Meanwhile, Meulensteen has apologised to the Fulham fans who made the long journey to Hull to witness their 6-0 thrashing.

"The important thing is we take this on the chin, we learn from it, we bounce back from it and we react," said Meulensteen who made six changes to the team that beat Norwich 2-1 on St Stephen's Day.

Meulensteen said he rotated his squad due to the congested programme of fixtures over the festive period.

"We utilised the squad the best we could and I was more than confident the players I picked were more than capable of getting a result," he explained.

Irish Independent

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