Al Fayed told fulhamfc.com: "Over the past four and a half years, Brian McBride has given tremendous service to Fulham Football Club and I would like to thank him publicly for all his efforts, on and off the pitch, following his decision to pursue new opportunities.
"It was only fitting that in his last game for Fulham the team secured our top flight future on a memorable afternoon at Fratton Park. His goals against Everton, Reading and Birmingham secured us three crucial wins and his performances encapsulated the spirit which consumed the Club during our fight for survival. I am delighted that he leaves the Club with truly successful memories.
"The reaction from our loyal fans following Brian's announcement on Wednesday highlights the esteem with which Brian is held in. He has been a tremendous ambassador for Fulham Football Club and I, as Chairman, would like to thank him and wish him and his family every success for the future."