Martin Jol didn’t work.
Appointing Rene ‘the real secret behind Alex Ferguson’s success’ Meulensteen didn’t have much time to work.
Will Felix Magath do any better?
Adopting the ‘third time lucky’ strategy that may not actually prove to be lucky, Fulham owner Shahid Khan has turned to a stylish 60 year old German in a bid to keep the Cottagers from making a new home for themselves in the Championship. It’s not looking too likely though as the club’s survival looks as likely as a Kardashian saying ‘no thanks, I have too much dignity and self-respect to do that’ when offered a big bag of money to do something on camera.
He takes over a club four points and a decent chunk of goal difference away from safety. After putting up with the aerial bombardment at Old Trafford last Sunday to claim a point and putting it up to Liverpool during the week, it was surprising that Khan choose to weild the axe on Friday evening, but look at his moustache – clearly we are not dealing with a man who bows to society’s norms.
Despite having an eye-catching CV featuring three Bundesliga titles (two as Bayern Munich manager, one in charge of Wolfsburg), Magath’s appointment isn’t really being seen as a shining beacon of hope by the club’s fans and indifferent fans of other clubs. Fulham remain the hot 4/11 favourites to go down. They’re 15/8 to somehow turn it around and avoid going down.
Magath’s first game in charge is a biggie – not in the Sky Sports ‘this is the most important match in history’ way of over-hyping everything – more the ‘absolutely crucial’ way of facing your fellow relegation strugglers. It’s against West Brom at the Hawthtorns next Saturday. A win would put them within a point of the Baggies and move the Cottagers to within touching distance of escaping the trap door. A defeat would leave them them at least five points clear of safety with 11 games to go.
It might work, it might not, but Magath will certainly bring one thing to the Premier League – a fantastic array of fashionable scarves.