BRIAN SCIARETTA - Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Former U.S. national team forward Brian McBride was named today to a special five man committee by Fulham chairman Shahid Khan to search for a new coach.
McBride, 42, remains an extremely popular player at Fulham where he played from 2004-2008. During that time he played in 140 Premier League games with 33 goals. Following his departure from the club, the restaurant inside Craven Cottage was renamed "McBrides" in his honor.
Fulham are in the midst of a difficult year in 2014. It began with relegation out of the Premier League at the end of last season and a disastrous start to the 2014/15 season where it fell to the bottom table after the first six weeks. The result saw manager Felix Magath fired and Kit Symons taking over on an interim basis. Symons, however, is a candidate for the full time job.
The rest of the committee consists of David Daly, Huw Jennings, Danny Murphy, and Niall Quinn.
"But this will be an exhaustive, thorough and deliberate process," Khan said recently. "No decisions will be made for the sake of deadlines or convenience. I plan to summon a number of qualified advisors for input, some within or close to the Fulham family and others who will bring a perspective from outside the Club. In the end the decision will be mine, but the choice will be made with the benefit of excellent and highly respected counsel. This process is already underway and I look forward to tackling the challenge and opportunity ahead."
Fulham have a long history of having American players on its club. In addition to McBride, other Americans at the London-based club include Marcus Hahnemann, Eddie Lewis, Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson, Kasey Keller, Carlos Bocanegra, and most recently teenager Emerson Hyndman who made the first team this year.