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Kit Symons
Kit Symons
Personal information
Full name Christopher Symons
Date of birth 8 March 1971 (1971-03-08) (age 47)
Place of birth    Basingstoke, England England
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
1988–1995
1995–1998
1998–2001
2001–2005
Total
England Portsmouth
England Manchester City
England Fulham
England Crystal Palace
 
160 0(10)
124 00(4)
102 0(13)
049 00(0)
436 (027)   
National team
1992–2001 Flag of Wales Wales 036 00(2)
Teams managed
2003
2007
2008
England Crystal Palace (caretaker)
England Crystal Palace (caretaker)
England Colchester United (caretaker)

Christopher Jeremiah "Kit" Symons (born 8 March 1971) is a professional association football manager and former Welsh international footballer. As a professional player, he had lengthy spells at Portsmouth, Manchester City and Fulham as well as earning 36 caps for the Wales national football team.

Club playing career

He made more than 100 League appearances for each of his first three clubs – Portsmouth, Manchester City and Fulham. He played for Fulham until December 2001, when he was signed by Crystal Palace for £400,000, the club at which he finished his playing career after 60 senior appearances.

International career

Symons won 36 caps for Wales, scoring twice. His first appearance was against the Republic of Ireland on 19 February 1992 and his last appearance was on 6 October 2001 against Belarus. Symons qualified to play for Wales because his father was from Cardiff.

Coaching and management

He became caretaker manager at Palace, and following the subsequent appointment of Iain Dowie he combined the roles of player and assistant manager, as the clubgained promotion to the Premier League.

After Taylor was dismissed from the Eagles on 8 October 2007, Symons was confirmed as Caretaker Manager until the appointment of Neil Warnock three days later (Palace did not play during this time). Following Warnock's appointment, Symons stepped down from his position of Assistant Manager and left the club on 15 October.

Symons joined Colchester United on 16 January 2008 following Micky Adams' resignation as assistant manager the previous week. He was appointed as Colchester's caretaker-manager in September 2008 after the departure of Geraint Williams. He led the club to two wins in five games, in the process becoming the bookie's favourite to get the job full time. However, he left the club after Paul Lambert took over as manager.

Symons was subsequently employed by Fulham as Senior Scout and Academy Coach.

In January 2012 Symons was appointed to the Wales national football team coaching staff under team manager Chris Coleman.

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup Total
1988–89PortsmouthSecond Division20
1989–9010
1990–9110
1991–92461
1992–93First Division412
1993–94293
1994–95404
1995–9610
1995–96Manchester CityPremier League382
1996–97First Division440
1997–98422
1998–99FulhamSecond Division4511
1999-00First Division292
2000–01240
2001–02Premier League40
2001–02Crystal PalaceFirst Division90
2002–03250
2003–04150
2004–05Premier League00
Total England 43627
Career total 43627

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