Fulham striker Bobby Zamora believes time is of the essence as the Cottagers continue their search for a new manager.

The 30-year-old England international, explained how he and his teammates were stunned by Mark Hughes' recent departure – but has urged the club's board to quickly find a replacement.

"It was a total shock when he resigned. I was surprised - there was no hint of it. It leaves us waiting for another manager," he confirmed.

"It was going well. Everyone had got his ideas and we were just starting to play the way he wanted, but he has decided not to stay. We go on and try and find another manager and hope we do well."

Zamora spoke of the importance of Fulham being proactive in their search for a new gaffer, not least because due to Europa League commitments, the players return for pre-season in less than two weeks time.


 

"Do we feel let down? Mark has got his reasons. I don't blame him at all. It's one of those things – managers and players come and go," Zamora continued.

"We just want the right person for the club now. We are back in on training on June 23 and we've got a game on the 30th in the Europa League.

"I'm looking forward to having two weeks off. But it would be nice if the managerial thing is sorted before we come back.

"If it takes time to find the right person, then fair enough. That was the situation last pre-season.

"Ray Lewington took over and did a great job before Mark came in."

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