The threat of dropping down to League One has prompted Fulham owner Shahid Khan to call in a crack team of consultants to select the Cottagers new manager.
After hiring two categorical duds in Rene Meulensteen and Felix Magath, the man with the keys to Craven Cottage hopes a quintet headed up by Niall Quinn, the only person in history with a worse managerial appointment record than his own, will find a boss capable of preventing a pending disaster in west London.
The rest of the rag-tag recruitment division, whose role may or may not be to veto every suggestion Quinn puts forward, include academy boss Huw Jennings, Nike director (yep, that’s right) David Daly and ex-players Danny Murphy and Brian McBride.
It’s the addition of the latter that is particularly intriguing and certainly adds value to the enormous 50/1 that Fulham hand the reigns to Bob Bradley next.
Currently in charge of Norwegian outfit Stabaek, the 56-year-old shares nationality with former Cottagers’ target man McBride, who is one of many individuals they’ve imported from the land of the brave.
Carlos Bocanegra and Clint Dempsey are two other Stars and Stripes internationals to represent 2010 Europa League finalists, while Canadian Tomasz Radzinski and Paul Peschisolido are two more to have traversed the Atlantic to play for the club.
Khan, as a holder of United States citizenship, furthers the link between Fulham and the USA and it’s difficult to envisage him completely dismissing a job application from the erstwhile coach of his national team.
With five games to go in the Norwegian top-tier, Bradley’s Stabaek side look set to record a finish in the upper echelons, currently embroiled in a skirmish for positions in the league’s midranges after a stop-start campaign.
De Blaa have still managed to pick up more victories than defeats under the New Jersey native’s stewardship, who also won more than one-in-two during his time at the helms of Egypt and his home nation.