Fulham have paid tribute to their former owner and chairman Mohamed Al Fayed who has died aged 94.
The Egyptian businessman also owned department store giant Harrods as well as the The Ritz hotel in Paris.
Al Fayed purchased Fulham for £6.25million in 1997 after the Cottagers were promoted to Division Two.
He remained at the helm for 16 years before selling the club to Shahid Khan in 2013.
His efforts at Craven Cottage ensured that the club played regular seasons in the Premier League.
In a statement, Fulham said: “Everyone at Fulham was incredibly saddened to learn of the death of our former owner and chairman, Mohamed Al Fayed.”
Owner Khan added: “On behalf of everyone at Fulham Football Club, I send my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mohamed Al Fayed upon the news of his passing at age 94.
“The story of Fulham cannot be told without a chapter on the positive impact of Mr Al Fayed as Chairman.
“His legacy will be remembered for our promotion to the Premier League, a Europa League Final, and moments of magic by players and teams alike.
“I always enjoyed my time with Mr Al Fayed, who was wise, colourful and committed to Fulham, and I am forever grateful for his trust in me to succeed him as chairman in 2013.
“I join our supporters around the world in celebrating the memory of Mohamed Al Fayed, whose legacy will always be at the heart of our tradition at Fulham Football Club.”
Fulham concluded their statement with: “Everyone associated with Fulham owes Mohamed a debt of gratitude for what he did for our club, and our thoughts now are with his family and friends at this sombre time.”
Upon the completion of his takeover, Al Fayed signalled his intentions to take the club to the top-flight of English football in five years.
Such an aim was achieved just four years later, with the Cottagers no stranger to life in the Premier League.
During his tenure he oversaw their Division One and Intertoto Cup wins, as well as their historic run to the Europa League final in 2010.
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