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Fulham announce new manager

Felix Magath: Can he save Fulham? (©GettyImages)
Felix Magath: Can he save Fulham? (©GettyImages).

On Friday night, seemingly out of nowhere, Felix Magath was announced as the new manager of Fulham FC. 

Chairman Shahid Khan said in a statement with the club's website : "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."

Magath will have to be every inch the man Khan thinks he is to save Fulham from relegation. The side has already gone through one manager changeover, with Rene Meulensteen replacing Martin Jol in December. 

Meulensteen was then replaced due to poor performance, as Fulham has taken just one point from their past five league matches. 

Fulham's CEO Alastair Mackintosh reassured supporters that Magath "relishes this challenge" of saving the relegation-threatened side, but with fixtures against Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea still to come, even that may be too tall an order. 

Magath will hope to repeat his success from Germany, where he assumed control of VFL Wolfsburg in March, and saved them from relegation. 

Though a lively January saw Fulham add a slew of players, including crown jewel Kostas Mitroglou, they have continued to struggle. 

Only time will tell if Magath can once again save a club, as he did twice in Germany, but he may find that Fulham are beyond saving. With very little of the season remaining, Fulham sit in dead last, four points from safety. 

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