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Fulham Sack Rene Meulensteen and Appoint Felix Magath As His Replacement

Fulham owner Shahid Khan has sacked Rene Meulensteen as manager of the club, and has replaced him with former Wolfsburg manager Felix Magath.

Magath has been appointed under an 18-month contract.

In reaction to the news, Khan said in a statement on the club website:

“I am very happy to welcome Felix Magath to Fulham Football Club.  Felix is an accomplished manager with multiple honours in the Bundesliga and a hunger to replicate his success with Fulham in the Barclays Premier League. I’m especially impressed with the reputation Felix has for coming into clubs at difficult times, often late in the season, and lifting them to their potential and beyond. Felix knows that is precisely the task awaiting him at Fulham, and he made it abundantly clear that he wants and is ready for the opportunity.

“Our Club has shown promise in recent matches, but the fact is we have not won a league match since January 1. Given our form, we can no longer merely hope that our fortunes will finally turn. And with 12 matches remaining and at least four points separating us from safety, we certainly can no longer post empty results. Action was required.

“Alistair Mackintosh did a wonderful job during the January transfer window to improve our Club. This week, Alistair recommended Felix, with his history of producing results for Clubs with similar challenges as ours, as the new manager of Fulham. Alistair’s recommendation received my complete approval and Felix has my unequivocal support.”

Meulensteen was appointed as manager of Fulham on December 1. In his 17 matches as manager of the club, Fulham won 4 matches, for a win percentage of 23.53.

Fulham currently sit at the bottom of the Premier League table, two points adrift of nineteenth placed Cardiff City.

While the sacking of Meulensteen is sudden, the timing of the announcement offers Fulham manager Felix Magath an opportunity to concentrate on training and tactics with the team since Fulham are out of the FA Cup and the club’s next match isn’t until February 22.

Do you think Khan’s decision to sack Meulensteen is a wise one or a mistake? Did Meulensteen have enough time to show his worth as a manager? And is it a cruel fate that Meulensteen gets sacked because Steven Gerrard scores a last minute penalty against the club? Share your opinion in the comments section below.

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  1. Guy

    February 14, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    According to the article, Fulham’s next match “isn’t until February”. Ummm, guys, it is February. Nice call. 😉

    • Christopher Harris

      February 14, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      Good catch. I meant to say February 22! Now fixed. Thanks 🙂

  2. Smokey Bacon

    February 14, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Next up on the chopping block…….Ole Gunnar Solkjaer. Mad man Tan is not going to be upstaged by this new bloke at Fulham.

    • Mufc77

      February 14, 2014 at 6:19 pm

      Still a strange decision by ole to take that job in the first place.

      • scott

        February 14, 2014 at 6:35 pm

        Still a strange decision to hire Ole.

      • jtm371

        February 14, 2014 at 9:03 pm

        Could not agree more why Ole would work for tan is beyond me.makes no sense hope they go down.

  3. goatslookshifty

    February 14, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Magath has an 18 month contract but will be sure to be fired in 6.

  4. Flyvanescence

    February 14, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Cant say it was a bad move as Magath is a more experienced manager and Fulham is in a relegation fight. Meulensteen was probably not the right man, at least in comparison to Magath.

    But why did they bother with the risk of Meulensteen in the first place? And on that note, this little stint proved nothing one way or the other about Meulensteens ability as a manager for me. Not enough time.

    • Scott

      February 14, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      I agree, they should have went with someone of the caliber of Magath, after they fired Jol, instead of this experiment with Meulensteen. However, I think given the right conditions Meulensteen could some day prove to be an effective manager.

  5. Mufc77

    February 14, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Not the best way to treat your manager. Rene should stick to what he does best and that coaching not managing.

  6. Brian

    February 14, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Has any club had 3 managers in a single season?

    I think Fulahm’s pathetic performance at home in the FA Cup to a lower division team may have sealed Muelensteen’s fate.

    • ...

      February 14, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      This has not happened since the 2006-2007 Premier League season when Charlton fired Iain Dowie in November, parted ways with Les Reed in the last week of December, and rode Alan Pardew all the way to relegation.

  7. Dean Stell

    February 14, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    I hate to be the one to make the joke, but I guess I should do it as a United fan.

    This is what happens if you go to Old Trafford and drop points.

    • jtm371

      February 14, 2014 at 9:01 pm

      well played nice touch!

  8. Jason Gatties

    February 14, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    I love Fulham FC…have for the past 12 years (which is a lot for a born and bread American).

    That said, we are a joke & a disgrace today. Rene deserved better. Magath is a great hire, well, would have been two months ago…

    The team was really looking good with the fresh blood brought in (and hell,Mitroglou hasn’t even played with the first team yet). Now we’ll have an adjustment period, again, which we can’t afford. I don’t care that we have over a week to prepare, there will still be an adjustment period.

    I would have been fine with this move 2 months ago or 4 months from now (regardless if we are up or down) but the move right now is very, very strange.


    • Fulhamish

      February 14, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      The timing might not be as bad as you think. There is quite a gap between games due to the FA Cup break. I’m sure that was factored in.

      And be honest, how many of Rene’s moves or lack of them made you either scratch your head or make you want to throw your remote at the television?

      Take a look at where we are in the table and our remaining opponents. Face it, we weren’t going to get there with Rene. Why not roll the dice?

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