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Fulham have so far had 29 managers at the club in 102 years, meaning that the average length of service for a Fulham manager is 3 years and 189 days.
Prior to the appointment of the first manager at the club (Harry Bradshaw in 1904), duties normally assigned to a modern day manager would have been shared between club secretary, captain and other officials.
- * Frank Osborne was employed continuously by the club from 1948 to 1963, but only spent the above periods as designated manager.
- ** Ian Branfoot continued to be employed by the club after his dismissal as manager.
- † Kevin Keegan was employed by the club as Chief Operating Officer (during which time he essentially acted as an Assistant Manager) during the time of his predecessor (Ray Wilkins) being the actual manager.
- ‡ Lawrie Sanchez took over as caretaker manager after the sacking of Chris Coleman and was named permanent manager after the club's safety from relegation was assured.
- § Lawrie Sanchez was sacked after less than a year by the Fulham board on the 21 December 2007
- Only one man has managed the club through two different spells, Frank Osborne, in 1948-49 and then 1953-56.
- The longest spell as Fulham manager was by Phil Kelso, 15 years (1909-1924)
- Several managers have failed to last more than a year at the club: Bobby Robson, Alan Dicks, Ray Wilkins, Paul Bracewell and Lawrie Sanchez. Further to this, Frank Osborne only had a year after his initial arrival at the club during which he was principally in charge of the team (before Dodgin, senior) arrived, although he later took sole charge of the club for an extended period.
Temporary managers at the club have included:
- Johnny Haynes: Took over after Sir Bobby Robson was fired in 1968 for only a handful of matches. The Maestro was offered the role permanently but had no inclination to become a manager.
- Karl-Heinz Riedle: when Paul Bracewell was fired half way through the 1999-2000 season, there was a temporary period of Fulham being managed by their striker Karl-Heinz Riedle, assisted by his old boss at Liverpool, Roy Evans. Riedle injured a lung in the season's penultimate game - his last for the club.
- Chris Coleman: after Tigana resigned four months before planned in 2003, Chris Coleman was soon appointed as caretaker manager, much to the delight of the fans. Having initially denied he wanted the post, Coleman accepted the role of full-time manager that summer.
- Lawrie Sanchez: when Coleman was sacked, Sanchez came in to take control of the club for the remaining five games of the season. (See above).
- Ray Lewington: took temporary charge of Fulham for three games following Lawrie Sanchez's dismissal in December 2007.