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Fulham Try Their Luck To Get Jurgen Klinsmann As New Manager

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 08:  (FILE PHOTO) Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann of Bayern Munich follows his players during the UEFA Champions League quarter final first leg match between FC Barcelona and FC Bayern Munich at the Camp Nou stadium on April 8, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain. Today former head coach Juergen Klinsmann and FC Bayern Muenchen AG announced the immediate ending of their contract, which was supposed to last until 30 June 2010.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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Daniel GoochAnalyst IJuly 27, 2010

After Roy Hodgson left, Fulham have been in search of a new manager. One name that has come up is the German ace Jurgen Klinsmann.

Chairman Mohamed Al Fayed is determined to appoint a top-class boss to succeed Roy Hodgson.

He will still be happy if the job is offered to the bookies favourite at the moment, Sven Goran Eriksson.

Fulham were left red faced in embarrassment by their failure to land Ajax boss Martin Jol last week. However, they will not be rushed into a panic appointment; they will wait until they get the best man for the job.

Klinsmann, who is hailed as the architect of Germany's impressive national team, has been out of work since leaving German giant Bayern Munich at the end of last season.

He is currently living in California and is not believed to have applied for any jobs.

He has said he is keen to manage in the Premier League side.

His name has been discussed at Fulham. Discreet enquiries are expected to be made, as the club are desperate to avoid another high-profile rejection.

Fulham will offer their next boss a 20 million pound transfer budget and a wage over two million pounds a year.

Apart from Klinsmann, who else is in the running for the job.

Eriksson has managed a Premier League team (Manchester City) and fancies the job, but Al Fayed is unconvinced.

Gareth Southgate, the former Middlesbrough boss, is a leading contender for a coaching job in Fabio Capello's England team, but has also put his name down for the job at Craven Cottage.

Ray Lewington, currently leading Fulham on a preseason tour of Sweden, is popular among players, and his inclusion in a coaching position is assured under the next manager.

Al Fayed insists he is happy for caretaker boss and Fulham stalwart Ray Lewington to remain in charge until he finds the right man.

No appointment will be made in the next few days, even though the start of the Premier League season is less than three weeks away .

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