Wilkins is brought in by Fulham boss

Fulham have confirmed the appointment of Ray Wilkins as head coach Rene Meulensteen’s assistant.

The Hillingdon-born 57-year-old returns to Craven Cottage, where he had a brief spell as manager before Kevin Keegan, who joined the club as chief operating officer with Wilkins in 1997, took charge of first-team affairs.

Wilkins previously managed QPR, a club he served with great distinction as a player, but they were relegated during his time as boss.

He made his name as a player at Chelsea, where he has subsequently had spells on the coaching staff, the most recent ending when he was abruptly sacked in 2010.

His playing career also included stints at Manchester United, AC Milan, Paris St-Germain and Glasgow Rangers, and he won 84 England caps.

“I know that Ray’s experience and his knowledge of the game will be a vital component in our success,” said Meuelensteen.

Wilkins’ arrival follows Fulham’s recent appointment of former Charlton and West Ham manager Alan Curbishley as first-team technical director.

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