It’s hard to fathom the reasoning of replacing head coach Rene Meulensteen with Felix Magath. Probably owner Shahid Khan is so worried that his investment is going down the Swanee should Fulham get relegated that he looked for a manager with a record of salvation. Magath comes with a hard man reputation, forcing a player with a broken arm to do press ups, or training by running up mountains and collapsing ( I would have loved seeing Berbatov scaling one! ). Players will now have worked under Jol, Lindenans, Meulensteen, Wilkins and Curbishley.
One can imagine the texts flying around the group, especially to Reither and Dejegah who played under him at Wolfsburg. My own view is that Fulham will get relegated but, had they done so with both stability and continuity, we would have bounced back. So what happens if we go down under Magath? Does Khan appoint yet another manager experienced in promotion? No doubt the hope is that Fulham revive under a new manager, as Sunderland and Crystal Palace have done and Cardiff and WBA may yet do. Mention of Pulis makes me think if the rationale is to appoint a manager that wins ugly, why not appoint him a few months ago? Had Dennis Turner been around to watch this debacle he might have reminded the owner that, from Vic Buckingham to Lawrie Sanchez, the appointment of hard men that advocate an ugly style has not worked. In his programme notes last Wednesday Khan urged us to believe. The problem is he doesn’t.