Lewington Joins FFC

Tuesday 9 August 2005

Fulham Football Club has today announced the signing of Ray Lewington as Reserve Team Coach.

Lewington, along with Billy McKinlay, will be responsible for managing the entire Reserve Team set up. By signing for Fulham Football Club Lewington returns to the Club he managed between 1986 and 1990.

A former player for the Whites, Lewington was a fiercely competitive midfielder whose playing career at Craven Cottage spanned some 10 seasons and over 270 appearances.

Lewington joined Fulham in March 1980 for a fee of £50,000, but his first season at the Cottage was less than memorable as the Whites were relegated to the Third Division. However, Lewington played an important part in the subsequent promotion drive under Malcolm Macdonald in the 1981/82 campaign.

In July 1985 he moved to Sheffield United but was back at the Cottage just a year later as Player-Manager following Fulham's relegation to the Third Division. Faced with a Club in a desperate financial position, Lewington's task was an unenviable one.

His managerial reign got underway with the spectre of a merger with Queens Park Rangers, change of owners, uncertainly over the future of Craven Cottage and relegation all hanging overhead. He rode out the troubled times and, against the odds, guided the Whites to a Play-Off place in 1989.

In June 1990 he took up the role of Coach before stepping in as Caretaker Manager on two further occasions following the departures of Alan Dicks and Don Mackay in 1991 and 1994 respectively.

His career after Fulham saw him coach and manage at Crystal Palace, Brentford and, most recently, Watford.

This afternoon, Ray Lewington said:

'I am delighted to return to Fulham Football Club after an absence of 11 years. I have fond memories as a player and manager and have always felt welcomed by fans and staff. There is a great atmosphere and togetherness here and I'm looking forward to working with Chris Coleman and all of the backroom staff during this forthcoming season.