Kit Symons

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Kit Symons
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Symons (front) as manager of Fulham in 2015
Personal information
Full nameChristopher Jeremiah Symons [1]
Date of birth (1971-03-08) 8 March 1971 (age 50) [1]
Place of birth Basingstoke, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) [1]
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
Senior career*
1988–1995 Portsmouth 160 (10)
1995–1998 Manchester City 124 (4)
1998–2001 Fulham 102 (13)
2001–2005 Crystal Palace 49 (0)
National team
1992–2001 Wales 36 (2)
Teams managed
2003-2007 Crystal Palace (assistant)
2003 Crystal Palace (caretaker)
2005-2006 Crystal Palace (U23)
2008 Colchester United (assistant)
2008-2009 Colchester United (caretaker)
2009-2010 Fulham (head of analytics)
2010-2013 Fulham (scout)
2010-2012 Fulham (U18)
2012-2015 Wales (assistant)
2012-2014 Fulham (U21)
2013-2014 Fulham (assistant)
2014-2015 Fulham
2016-2017 Wales (assistant)
2017-2018 Sunderland (assistant)
2018-2019 Hebei FC (assistant)
2021- Wales (assistant)
* 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. He is currently the assistant manager of Wales national football team.


Club playing career

Symons was born in Basingstoke, Hampshire. [1] 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. [2] [3]

International career

Symons won 36 caps for Wales, scoring twice. [4] His first appearance was against the Republic of Ireland on 19 February 1992 [5] and his last appearance was on 6 October 2001 against Belarus. [6] Symons qualified to play for Wales because his father was from Cardiff. [5]

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. [7]

After Peter Taylor was dismissed as Palace manager on 8 October 2007, [8] Symons was confirmed as caretaker manager before the appointment of Neil Warnock three days later. [9] Palace did not play during this time. [10] Following Warnock's appointment, Symons stepped down from his position of assistant manager and left the club on 15 October 2007. [11]

Symons joined Colchester United on 16 January 2008 following Micky Adams' resignation as assistant manager the previous week. [12] He was appointed as Colchester's caretaker-manager on 22 September 2008 after the departure of Geraint Williams. [13] He led the club to two wins in five games, [14] in the process becoming the bookie's favourite to get the job full-time. [15] However, he left the club after Paul Lambert took over as manager on 9 October 2008. [16]

Symons was subsequently employed by Fulham as Senior Scout and Academy Coach. [17]

In January 2012 Symons was appointed to the Wales national team coaching staff under team manager Chris Coleman. [18]

On 18 September 2014, Symons was confirmed as caretaker manager of Fulham following the departure of Felix Magath. [19] 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. [20] 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." [21] Khan also stated that Symons' "passion for everything that Fulham represents came through loud and clear." [21]

In July 2015, Symons resigned his position with the Wales national team to concentrate on his role with Fulham. [22]

Symons was dismissed by Fulham on 8 November 2015, the day after a 5–2 defeat by Birmingham City at Craven Cottage. [23]

Symons rejoined Wales as coach in August 2016. [22] On 17 November 2017, Symons left his coaching role with Wales following the resignation of Chris Coleman. [24] On 19 November 2017, Symons was announced as assistant manager at Sunderland following Coleman's appointment as manager. [25] Both were released from their contracts after Sunderland's relegation to League One was confirmed. [26] In June 2018, after Coleman's appointment as manager of Hebei China Fortune, Symons again joined him as assistant. [27]

Managerial statistics

As of 8 November 2015
Managerial record by team and tenure
Crystal Palace (caretaker)3 November 200322 December 20039333033.3 [28] [29]
Crystal Palace (caretaker)8 October 200711 October 20070000! [8] [9] [10]
Colchester United (caretaker)22 September 200811 October 20085203040.0 [13] [14] [30]
Fulham 18 September 20148 November 201564221725034.4 [29]

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