New challenge awaits Magath (©GettyImages)
New challenge awaits Magath (©GettyImages).

Felix Magath excited by Premier League challenge

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New Fulham manager Felix Magath is relishing the challenge of working in the Premier League following his shock appointment on Friday.

Magath, 60, joined the south west London outfit after the club sacked Rene Meulensteen - just 75 days after he took on the role from Martin Jol.

Fulham's decision to part company with the Dutchman came after the team's 3-2 defeat at Craven Cotton against Liverpool - a result that saw the cottagers fall four points adrift of safety with 12 games remaining.

And Meulensteen, who won four out of his 17 games in charge told BBC Sport: "They have hit the panic button on emotion and fear - but hey ho, that's football." 

The former Bayern Munich manager becomes the first German to coach in England's top flight and is looking forward to his return to management following his spell at Wolfsburg in 2012.

"There we go again, I return to football. As of now I am manager of the FC Fulham and will work in the Premier League," said the 60-year-old on his Facebook page.

"It's a fantastic working environment for every coach and footballer. This traditional and great club and its owner Shahid Khan have completely convinced me and gave me the responsibility. I thank the club and the owner for that trust.

"I am excited for London and its people, of course, especially for the fans and staff at Fulham FC and especially on my coaching staff and the team," he added.

Magath, who has won three Bundesliga titles, most recently with Wolfsburg in 2009, faces a tough first game at the helm when his beleaguered squad hosts title contenders Chelsea at Craven Cottage when the Premier League resumes next week.

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