Ray Wilkins is to return to Fulham as part of Rene Meulensteen’s coaching staff.

The 57-year-old was manager at Craven Cottage in 1997 prior to taking up coaching roles at Chelsea, Watford and Millwall and had a win percentage of just over 47 per cent.

His experience is seen as vital to helping Meulensteen cope with facing up to a relegation battle, one that is all the more realistic following yesterday’s 6-0 thrashing by Hull City.

Fulham appointed Alan Curbishley to a technical director role last week and Wilkins will add extra expertise after years of service at Chelsea where he worked as coach and caretaker manager.

The former England international midfielder has been working as a TV pundit and co-commentator but is renowned in the game for his man-management skills and ability as a coach.

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, who was sacked as Chelsea boss at the end of the 2010–2011 season, wrote about Wilkins, in his autobiographical book The Beautiful Games of an Ordinary Genius: 'Ray is one of those select few, always present, noble in spirit, a real blue-blood, Chelsea flows in his veins ... without him we wouldn't have won a thing.'