Fulham FC, bottom of the English Premier League, have sacked Rene Meulensteen and appointed Felix Magath as the west London club's third manager of a troubled season.
The decision to part company with Meulensteen, who took up a coaching role at Fulham in mid-November before replacing his predecessor Martin Jol on 1 December, follows a run of four wins in 17 games under the former Manchester United FC assistant and FC Anji Makhachkala boss's tutelage. His successor Magath arrives at Craven Cottage on an 18-month contract, having left his last job at VfL Wolfsburg in October 2012.
The 60-year-old former Germany midfielder's urgent task will be to rescue Fulham, currently four points from safety, from relegation – thus extending the Cottagers' 13-year stay in the top flight. Magath led FC Bayern München to two Bundesliga titles and also won a third with Wolfsburg, having also occupied the helm at Hamburger SV, 1. FC Nürnberg, SV Werder Bremen, VfB Stuttgart and FC Schalke 04. Hamburg's match winner in the 1983 European Champion Clubs' Cup final, he has never managed abroad.
Fulham chairman Shahid Khan, himself new to English football having bought the club last July, said of the decision: "With 12 matches remaining, we can no longer post empty results. Action was required. Felix is an accomplished manager with multiple honours in the Bundesliga. The fact is we have not won a league match since 1 January."
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