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Coleman: I never received same Fulham backing as new managers

Chris Coleman says he never received the backing that Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed has given his managers this season.

Now at Coventry City, Coleman said: "It will be a shame if Fulham are relegated and I hope it won't happen.

"But it doesn't look great. I was there from the very start under Al Fayed and helped get us to the Premier League and I know how much work it took to get there.

"My first job as manager from the chairman was to slash £5m off the wage bill.

"We lost Finnan and it was like a revolving door while trying to stay in the league.

"Every year we lost one of our best players and we didn't invest all the money back into that position. We had to spread it and it was a tough job.

"If you look over four years, we never spent money because what we shelled out, we got back in, so we were even.

"But last summer they spent £20m and of course as the ex-manager I have to be disappointed with that because I wish I had that.

"I was thinking 'if only I had had that money'. It is human nature to have a look back and say that.

"In four years as the manager I think I spent £26m but we sold as much, and since then they've spent over £30m - so they have spent more in a year than I did in four years."

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