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Fulham boss Meulensteen admits leaning on Sir Alex for advice

Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen admits leaning on former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson as they battle against the drop.

The Dutchman - who took charge at Fulham following Martin Jol's departure in December - remains in regular contact with Ferguson and intends to use some of those pointers from his former boss in the battles ahead over the run-in.

"I have spoken to him like I do, on and off. Sometimes he rings me and sometimes I ring him. He is always a phone call away," said Meulensteen, who will not be able to use £11million deadline day signing Kostas Mitroglou, Johnny Heitinga or Lewis Holtby in Tuesday's cup replay.

"I have always felt that whenever we stared into adversity or disappointment, I have always found him remarkably strong in those moments.

"You could never spot any doubt in his words or behaviour, that always transferred back to the players and I want to do exactly the same (at Fulham)."

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