Alan Curbishley will steel a Fulham squad “too good to go down” for a frenetic Barclays Premier League relegation battle, according to boss Rene Meulensteen.
Meulensteen admitted he recruited former Charlton boss Curbishley as first team technical director for his relegation fight experience.
The former Manchester United coach said ex-Chelsea man Ray Wilkins will have a “hands-on” role as assistant head coach at Craven Cottage, while Curbishley’s duties will fill a “wider range”.
Curbishley tasted top-flight relegation with Charlton in 1999, only to bounce back at the first attempt and consolidate the club’s Premier League status.
Confident Fulham will beat the drop, Meulensteen said: “I think there’s enough quality and expertise, and we’ve done a great job by bringing in Clint (Dempsey) for the next two months. He knows Fulham, he knows the Premier League.
“Ray talks a lot of sense, he knows the game and I think he’s very, very good in managing players on a one-to-one basis.Ray is going to be very hands-on.I want him with me in the dressing room.”