Alan Curbishley and Ray Wilkins Fired by Fulham

Michael WadeAnalyst IIIFebruary 17, 2014

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Fulham have parted company with technical director Alan Curbishley and assistant head coach Ray Wilkins.    

Sky Sports confirmed the news on Monday:

Fulham eventually confirmed the moves on Tuesday:

The move follows the appointment of Felix Magath as the club's new manager on Friday in a desperate attempt to turn their fortunes around and retain their Premier League status.

Fulham are currently bottom of the Premier League and four points from safety having won just once in eight league games. They were also knocked out of the FA Cup by League One side Sheffield United.

However, no news has yet emerged on the future of Rene Meulensteen, who was expected to leave Craven Cottage following Magath's arrival.

In an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live on Friday, former Manchester United coach Meulensteen said:

"They have hit the panic button on emotion and fear - but hey ho, that's football."

Meulensteen is expected to leave Fulham alongside Curbishley and Wilkins although it is yet to be confirmed.

England coach and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville was bemused by the decision to axe the coaching staff only appointed in the last three months:

Former West Ham manager Curbishley arrived at the club on Christmas Day, and after saving the Hammers from relegation in the 2006-07 season he was seen as an appointment with the experience to help Fulham out of trouble.

Ray Wilkins has also been sacked by Fulham, although there is no official news on Rene Meulensteen.
Ray Wilkins has also been sacked by Fulham, although there is no official news on Rene Meulensteen.Michael Regan/Getty Images

Former Chelsea coach Wilkins, meanwhile, returned to the club he managed in the late 1990s to assist Meulensteen, but has reportedly also left, per the BBC report.

This leaves Fulham in a state of disarray with players and fans unsure of what is going on following the latest round of managerial upheaval.

Felix Magath is the new Fulham manager.
Felix Magath is the new Fulham manager.Michael Steele/Getty Images

Following Martin Jol's sacking on Dec. 1, the Cottagers are now on their third manager of the season and look certainties to be relegated.

There is little doubt that Magath is a good manager capable of achieving success, as shown by the three Bundesliga titles he won, two with Bayern Munich and one with Wolfsburg.

But to throw him into the Premier League season, a league in which he has not managed before, midway through a season, is asking too much, and Fulham will find it hard to turn their fortunes around with only 12 games remaining.