Bottom of the Premier League in mid-February? One managerial sacking already in the season? American owner “freaking out” about the prospect of relegation? Transfer window expensive? The answer? Appoint a German coach with a reputation for being – let’s be kind – “unorthodox” and with no experience of managing in England.
Bravo, Fulham. It’s one hell of a roll of the dice. And it looks like Felix Magath is going to be a lot of fun, although perhaps not for all the Fulham players. The club said that the opportunity to bring in Magath was “typically unlikely at this point in the season”. They neglected to mention that the man nicknamed “Saddam” in Germany has not worked since October 2012.
Fair enough, Shad Khan lost faith in Rene Meulensteen, and then Alistair Mackintosh and the London operation had to give him options. But if Magath, on an 18-month deal, saves them from relegation, Fulham should take heed of Sunderland’s Paolo Di Canio episode. In short, that saving a team from relegation does not necessarily make a manager the man for the long term.
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