Poor form has forced the hand of Fulham’s board for a second time this season, with Rene Meulensteen being the second manager shown the exit door at Craven Cottage. His successor has already been appointed, with ex-Wolfsburg manager Felix Magath taking the managerial reins on an 18 month contract.
Rene Meulensteen lasted just 17 games in charge, 13 of which were Premier League fixtures. During his time in charge, he has found victories hard to come by. So much so, that he has only recorded 4 in total, two of which came against Norwich, and one of those wins was in the F.A Cup. Apart from those, Fulham have lost 10 of Meulensteen’s games in charge, including a 6-0 thumping away at Hull in the league and an embarrassing exit out of the F.A Cup to League One opponents Sheffield United.
His predecessor Martin Jol lasted just 16 games in the Fulham hot seat at the start of this season, returning 5 wins (3 of those in the league), 1 draw, and like Meulensteen, suffered 10 losses, the notable of those including a cup exit away at Championship side Leicester, home defeats to Cardiff and Swansea, and a 3-0 loss away at West Ham proving the final straw on November 30th 2014.
Fulham are desperate to stay in the Premier League, and have now place their faith in 60 year old Magath, who has had a wealth of success in Germany as manager of Stuggart, Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg respectively, but he is a man untested in England, so his appointment could well prove to be another gamble. He will have to adjust to the English game quickly, with just 12 games to ensure Fulham’s survival, which fans and staff alike will be hoping won’t be a win or die final day of the season at home to Crystal Palace.