Al Fayed pulls the plug on Tigana

LONDON: English Premier League club Fulham announced yesterday that manager Jean Tigana's contract will not be extended beyond the end of the current season. 

The former French international joined the London club in July 2000, leading them to promotion to the Premier League as First Division champions in his first season. 

In their first campaign in the top flight since 1968, they finished 13th and they currently occupy the same position with seven games remaining. 

In a “personal letter” to Tigana, published on the club's website, chairman Mohamed Al Fayed said: “Obviously, our position in the Premier League both this year and last year has been disappointing, particularly given the degree of investment and resources provided, and I am sure you would be the first to agree.” 

He will remain in charge until the end of the season but the club said they had already begun the search for a successor. 

Former Leeds boss David O'Leary has been installed as the early favourite to replace Tigana with veteran player John Collins, Louis Van Gaal and former Japan coach Philippe Troussier also touted as potential candidates. 

Bookmakers William Hill quoted O'Leary, linked to the job previously, at 5/1, with Collins at 7/1 and Bryan Robson and former Barcelona coach van Gaal both put at 8/1. – Agencies  

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