Fulham have confirmed that the German Felix Magath will remain as the manager of the club next season as well. Magath was unable to prevent the club from getting relegated into the championship. He was appointed with 12 matches remaining in the season. However, the late flurry from Fulham with a couple of victories were not enough to see them get out of the relegation trouble at the last moment. Magath was the third manager of the season, as Fulham struggled to cope with the inexperience of its new owner.
Fulham experienced the chance of playing in the top tier league of England, in the Premier League for 13 successive seasons but a disastrous campaign has seen them dropping to the Championship League.
The season for Fulham kicked off in a stellar fashion as Shahid Khan became the new owner as he bought the club from Mohamed Al-Fayed and the cash injection that the Pakistani billionaire carried into the club was expected to improve the squad but the results didn’t display it.
Fulham slipped closer to the championship after a 3-1 defeat against relegation rivals Cardiff away from home. This was seen as the match that could save Fulham’s Premier league status since the club were up against one of their main contenders for the drop zone.
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.
Bryan Ruiz is very close to making a move away from Fulham. He has clearly been told by the boss Rene Meulensteen that he can get in touch with different clubs.
The attacking midfielder from Costa Rica had arrived at Craven Cottage about 2 and half years back after leaving FC Twente. A big amount of money had been spent by Fulham to buy him, but, he hasn’t been able to repay that so far. Apart from a few good performances here and there, he has been largely inconsistent.
Rene Meulensteen, the Fulham head coach, thinks that he could help uncover the best in failing Fulham player Dimitar Berbatov, who has managed to score just 1 goal in ten Premier League matches for the struggling Cottagers. Fulham's new chief coach Meulensteen, who earlier worked with the Bulgarian international when he was at Manchester United, hopes he could help the thirty two year old rediscover his form.
Fulham manager Martin Jol has revealed that he is determined to end the poor record that his team have at the start of the season. After a mediocre campaign last time around, Fulham were expected to kick on after the arrival of players like Darren Bent.
However, they have made a poor start to the season and are currently just above the relegation zone. They will be making the difficult trip to Stamford Bridge on Saturday hoping to avoid yet another defeat. Fulham have not had a great record at Stamford Bridge over the years apart from a few results.
Fulham recently changed ownership after more than 16 years under the stewardship of Mohamed Al-Fayed. It is expected that the new owner will be much more extravagant in his transfer funds for the club.
This is needed for the club in order to finish in the top 10 of the Premier league according to manager Martin Jol. So far, it has been a summer of relatively low transfer activity for Fulham. They have signed some low-key players, but Jol has said that the club needs to bring in two more in order to have a squad capable of finishing in the top 10.
There have been several speculation in recent weeks that Fulham may part ways with manager Martin Jol after a poor season. A bad end to the season meant that Fulham were in with the danger of being relegated in the final few weeks of the campaign.
However, the Dutchman has rejected the speculation linking him with a move away from Fulham by saying that he is extremely happy at the club. He is also looking to spend money in the summer in order to make the squad stronger. For large portions of the season, Fulham relied heavily upon striker Dimitar Berbatov to get them out of trouble.
Fulham have been slipping down the table due to their poor form in the last few months. The once again suffered a defeat in the recent match against Manchester United to put the team in the precarious position of 13th.
They are just seven points above the relegation zone, but the manager Martin Jol has said that he is confident that results will come over the next few matches. Fulham came extremely close to snatching a point from the match against the Premier league leaders, but they were ultimately denied by a late goal from the star striker Wayne Rooney.