Fulham stunner: Magath named new manager

Fulham have pressed the panic button and named Felix Magath as new manager.

Fulham have pressed the panic button and named Felix Magath as new manager.

Having sacked Martin Jol after a poor run of form, former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen, appointed head coach under his countryman just weeks earlier, took control of first-team duties on December 1.

But, after just 75 days in charge, he too has been given the boot, with Magath handed the position as first-team manager on an 18-month deal.

Meulensteen was told the news by chief executive Alistair Mackintosh, although owner Shahid Khan said in an official club statement that "action was required".

"Our club has shown promise in recent matches, but the fact is we have not won a league match since January 1," Khan, who bought out Mohamed Al Fayed last summer, said.

"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."

Magath led Bayern Munich to the Bundesliga in 2005 and 2006 before achieving the same feat with Wolfsburg in 2009.

The job is the 60-year-old's first in club management since leaving Wolfsburg in 2012 and comes at the end of a week in which he had been strongly linked with a return to former club Hamburg.

"Here we go again, I'm coming back into football," Magath said via his Facebook account. "I am manager of Fulham with immediate effect. It's a fantastic working environment for any coach and footballer.

"This amazing club, steeped in tradition, and its owner Shahid Khan have totally convinced me and given me the managerial responsibility."

 
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