HOLTBY BACKS MANAGER

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Fulham striker Lewis Holtby says that people are wrong to brand their manager Felix Magath as the new Saddam Hussein.

The former Bayern Munich manager was recently appointed as the replacement for René Meulensteen. He is known for a hard stance towards the players and the various aspects of the club. It has earned him this reputation over the last few years, but he has been quite successful at keeping clubs in the danger relegation trouble to safety from the drop zone. He may not have stayed at long periods for the club, but some view him as the perfect solution for Fulham at the moment.

After two managerial changes already, the club are down near the bottom of the table with only 11 matches remaining. One of the ways Magath does this business is by increasing the fitness of the players, and Holtby has pointed this out in his latest interview. The 23-year-old says that it is wrong to brand Magath with the view of Saddam Hussein since the manager has a lot of positive aspects to him. Magath started his Fulham career with a 1-1 draw against West Brom, which did little to help the club's chances of getting out of the drop zone.

Dejagah's goal in the 28th minute looked to have given Fulham massive three points, but Vydra's late goal left them with just a point.

"It's over the top, he didn't kill anyone. He's not a murderer, but if you compare him to Saddam it's not very generous and it's not very nice. I think it's a bit of a disgrace if you called someone Saddam. We all talked about what could maybe happen and that training is going to be very hard. You have to be honest about that. But the most important thing is to be physically and mentally on the top level," said Holtby.

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