By Chris Wright
Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld is understood to have held informal talks with Fulham over succeeding Roy Hodgson in the Craven Cottage hotseat.
Hitzfeld has two years left to run on his contract with the Swiss national team, but it is thought that the lure of managing in the Premier League may be enough to tempt the veteran German manager into prematurely severing his ties with the Swiss Football Association (SFV-ASF).
The 62-year-old is one of the most decorated managers in football, having twice won the Champions League with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich as well as a host of other trophies on the domestic stage – thus making him Germany’s most successful manager of all time, with 18 major trophies to his name.
Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed is also rumoured to be seeking interviews with Sven-Goran Eriksson, Slaven Bilic, Martin Jol, Mark Hughes and Alan Curbishley.