Symons as manager of Fulham in 2015
|Full name||Christopher Jeremiah Symons|
|Date of birth||8 March 1971|
|Place of birth||Basingstoke, England|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|2003||Crystal Palace (caretaker)|
|2007||Crystal Palace (caretaker)|
|2008||Colchester United (caretaker)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Christopher Jeremiah "Kit" Symons (born 8 March 1971) is a professional association football manager and former Welsh international footballer. As a professional player, he had lengthy spells at Portsmouth, Manchester City and Fulham as well as earning 36 caps for the Wales national football team.
Club playing career
Symons was born in Basingstoke, Hampshire. He made more than 100 League appearances for each of his first three clubs – Portsmouth, Manchester City and Fulham. He played for Fulham until December 2001, when he was signed by Crystal Palace for £400,000, the club at which he finished his playing career after 60 senior appearances.
Symons won 36 caps for Wales, scoring twice. His first appearance was against the Republic of Ireland on 19 February 1992 and his last appearance was on 6 October 2001 against Belarus. Symons qualified to play for Wales because his father was from Cardiff.
Coaching and management
He became caretaker manager at Palace, and following the subsequent appointment of Iain Dowie he combined the roles of player and assistant manager, as the club gained promotion to the Premier League.
After Peter Taylor was dismissed as Palace manager on 8 October 2007, Symons was confirmed as Caretaker Manager until the appointment of Neil Warnock three days later (Palace did not play during this time). Following Warnock's appointment, Symons stepped down from his position of Assistant Manager and left the club on 15 October.
Symons joined Colchester United on 16 January 2008 following Micky Adams' resignation as assistant manager the previous week. He was appointed as Colchester's caretaker-manager on 22 September 2008 after the departure of Geraint Williams. He led the club to two wins in five games, in the process becoming the bookie's favourite to get the job full-time. However, he left the club after Paul Lambert took over as manager on 9 October 2008.
On 18 September 2014, Symons was confirmed as caretaker manager of Fulham following the departure of Felix Magath. On 29 October 2014, after a string of good results (5 wins in 9 games), Symons was announced as the full-time manager of Fulham. Symons stated that it was "no secret this is a club that is very close to my heart and this is a job I've always really wanted to do." Khan also stated that Symons' "passion for everything that Fulham represents came through loud and clear."
|Crystal Palace (caretaker)||3 November 2003||21 December 2003||9||3||3||3||33.33|
|Colchester United (caretaker)||22 September 2008||11 October 2008||5||2||0||3||40.00|
|Fulham||18 September 2014||8 November 2015||64||22||17||25||34.38|
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