Brede Hangeland blasts Felix Magath as he makes Fulham exit

Former captain criticises German manager

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Brede Hangeland has mounted a scathing attack on former boss Felix Magath.

The former captain believes the German's management style contributed to the club's relegation last season and the Magath, who only joined in February, is not the man to lead Fulham back to the Premier League.

Hangeland told Sky Sports News: "He's very difficult to work with.

"He's a very strict manager and his main tool is to try to mentally and physically batter his players and hopefully get some results out of that.

"Is that the right fit for English football? I don't think so. I thought rather than help us try to avoid relegation he made things worse.

"I hope I'm wrong but I don't think he is the right man (to get Fulham promoted) and things will get worse before they get better."

Hangeland controversially left Fulham this summer, after six and a half years at the club, reportedly only finding out he was being released from his contract by email.

However the Norwegian has revealed that he would have been prepared to stay with the club in the Championship had he been assured about the direction the club was going.


He said: "With the right signs and the right players coming in I would have been prepared to stay.

"There was a release clause in my contract which they decided to take. I would have hoped for at least (to have been told) face-to-face or a pat on the back after six and a half years."

Fulham have since insisted that "all personal protocol was followed" when Hangeland was informed of his release.