Fulham Football Club have sacked manager Rene Meulensteen and replaced him with Felix Magath with immediate effect, reports BBC Sport.

Meulensteen, who was assistant to former manager Martin Jol replaced his fellow Dutchman as head coach following his sacking in December.

The former Manchester United coach went on to win four of his 17 games in charge at Craven Cottage, losing 10 times, leaving Fulham bottom of the Premier League.

Magath now comes in signing an 18-month contract with his priority being to save Fulham from relegation.

On the club's official website Fulham Owner Shahid Khan said: "I am very happy to welcome Felix Magath to Fulham Football Club. 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. Felix knows that is precisely the task awaiting him at Fulham, and he made it abundantly clear that he wants and is ready for the opportunity.

“Our Club has shown promise in recent matches, but the fact is we have not won a league match since January 1. 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.”

Fulham Chief-Executive Alistair Mackintosh said: “The opportunity to bring in a manager with the experience of Felix Magath would typically be unlikely at this point in the season. However, Felix relishes this challenge. He is very impressed with our squad and commitment by Mr. Khan, and his confidence is precisely what we need over these final three months of the season.

"I thank Mr. Khan for his support and we are all looking forward to welcoming Felix to Fulham.”

Magath, 60, has only ever managed in Germany where he was successful with Bayern Munich winning the Bundesliga title and cup double in 2005 and 2006 along with winning the Bundesliga title with Wolfsburg in 2009.

 

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