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Fulham fall into complete disarray

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New boss Magath is a "control freak" according to his former boss, Uli Hoeness (©GettyImages)
New boss Magath is a "control freak" according to his former boss, Uli Hoeness (©GettyImages).

The Premier League's bottom side, Fulham, are in the midst of a horror season.

The club are already on their third manager on the campaign with just seven months gone. Former coach turned manager Rene Meulensteen, was reportedly sacked last Friday by the club as Felix Magath took over the reins, yet Meuelensteen was not even mentioned in the club statement.

And it has now emerged that his backroom staff of Ray Wilkins and Alan Curbishley have been fired after just two months in their roles. 

Magath has won the Bundesliga on three occasions, with Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg in 2009, which was his last role before leaving in 2012. 

The Craven Cottage side have endured their worst season for sometime, with Martin Jol being sacked in early December, and former Manchester United coach Meulensteen taking over for his first managerial tenure. But results have failed to improve under the Dutchman, and last weeks 3-2 home defeat to Liverpool proved to be the final straw for owner Shahid Khan, who took over the reins from Mohamed Al-Fayed in July 2013. 

Meulensteen believes his dismissal shows what is wrong in the modern game.

"I've not been told anything. I knew the owners were freaking out and panicking about the fact that Fulham could get relegated, but they've had that sort of attitude already 10 games back," Meulensteen said.

"They've hit the panic button on emotions of fear, but hey-ho, that's what happens in football. It's not always fair." 

Magath has twelve games to transform Fulham's luck, and believes he can do so, however he does not come with a glowing reference from his former Bayern Munich president, Uli Hoeness.

"Felix wants total power. He is also a very suspicious guy. He sees ghosts and is convinced everyone is always talking about him," Hoeness said.

"This is why, at every club, he wants to become manager, director, coach, and even print the match day programmes."

Magath is to begin his reign with a trip to fellow strugglers West Bromwich Albion, on Saturday.

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