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Coleman backs Meulensteen

New Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen can be a success at Craven Cottage, according to former Whites boss Chris Coleman.

Jol paid the price for a poor start to the season which has left the Cottagers in the bottom three of the table.

"Coaching and managing are two different things," said Coleman, who made the step up from player to manger with Fulham in 2003.

"But he's a good man Rene and he'll have the respect of the players. I've seen him coach myself and there's not many better than him on the coaching side of things.

"Managing is different but he's going to have help from Kit Symonds, who is my assistant with Wales and someone I've known for the last 25 years, and a better man you can't get.

"When you're a manager, you need someone beside you that you trust, obviously knows the game and is honest, and in Kit Symonds he's got one of the best there for sure.

"Fulham are in the bottom three; he's not a magician Rene, he's an excellent coach and he is a good man.

"It may take him a little bit of time; I think as soon as they get the next win, he will try and build on that.

"I hope it goes well for him, I'm sure it will. It's a great club Fulham, it deserves to be in the Premier League, real fantastic set of supporters, I was there for 10 years myself as a player and manager.

"I hope and pray they get out of the bottom three and I hope Rene will keep them up this year, I think he will and then maybe they can build on that.

"But they need to be a little bit patient with him at the start, they just need to get that first win."