LEE CLARK says he’s totally focused on Town and confirmed there has been no contact between the Galpharm club and Fulham – but a number of bookies still fancy him as the next Craven Cottage manager.
The odds on the 37-year-old succeeding Roy Hodgson at the club where he played between 1999 and 2005 yesterday shortened with Skybet (11/8), Boylesports (5/2), Betfred (9/4), Coral (5/2) and Betfair (41/10).
Sven Goran Eriksson, Alan Curbishley, Mark Hughes, Slaven Bilic and current player Danny Murphy are among the other fancied names following Hodgson’s departure to Liverpool after last season’s Europa League heroics with the West London club.
While Fulham are remaining tight-lipped on their hunt for a new boss, and insist they are in no hurry, they have a history of putting former players in the hot seat, with the likes of Paul Bracewell, Karl-Heinz Riedle and Chris Coleman having held the post.
The players have returned for pre-season training, but the first week is tailored towards fitness and conditioning, with coaches Ray Lewington and Billy McKinlay more than capable of leading the sessions.
“It’s all about fitness and physical preparation right now,” said a source.
“It doesn’t need the normal tactical input of a manager you get before a game. The club doesn’t need to rush the decision for a new manager.”
Fulham’s friendlies include a trip to Town’s League I rivals Brentford a week tomorrow, July 14, while their Premier League opener, away to Bolton Wanderers, is on Saturday, August 14.