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Michael Jackson statue sale the reason Fulham were relegated

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Former Fulham owner Mohammed Al Fayed has launched a tirade against the club's new regime, including current owner Shahid Khan's decision to sell off his infamous Michael Jackson statue.

According to Al Fayed, the statue is "lucky", and its sale is a large reason why The Cottagers were relegated from the Premier League.

He said: "When the new owner decided to move it I said, 'Fine, it is a lucky thing, you will regret it later'.

"I said 'You will pay with blood for that' because it was something loved by people. It was a big mistake and now he's been relegated. If he asks for Michael Jackson again I'll say 'No way'."

Al Fayed installed the statue of the 'King of Pop' outside Craven Cottage in 2011, but one of Khan's first decisions was to remove the shrine labelled by some fans as 'hideous'.

The statue has now been ordered to 'beat it' and, even more puzzlingly than being at Craven Cottage in the first place, now stands proudly in the National Football Museum in Manchester.

The Egyptian millionaire has also reserved special criticism for manager Felix Magath, who was appointed by Khan in February, after the German has won just three games in 11, consigning the club to relegation.

And Al Fayed doesn't believe Magath is the man to restore Fulham to the Premier League, claiming he lacks "charm and personality" to get out of the Championship at the first time of asking.

Despite Magath coming with a pedigree of success abroad - having won the Bundesliga with both Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg - he thus far hasn't been able to calculate a winning formula at Fulham.

The 60-year old manager has vowed to stay on at Craven Cottage, and has promised to overhaul the squad in the summer transfer window, but Al Fayed believes Magath could do with 'starting with the man in the mirror' when it comes to changes.

Al Fayed's message is clear: don't blame it on the sunshine, don't blame it on the moonlight, don't blame it on the good times, blame it on Magath.

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