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Fulham have had a disappointing string of management figures lately, and it's unfortunate that Felix Magath will be remembered as the man who guided them back down to the Championship this season.
After things ended poorly in his previous coaching job at Wolfsburg, the 60-year-old—renowned for taking a strict approach in some aspects of his career—hasn't seen his luck improve at Craven Cottage.
Sky Sports recently reported that Fulham would be sticking with Magath in England's second tier next season, but an aged squad is just one of the tactician's concerns:
I was not only brought in until the end of the season with the primary target of keeping Fulham in the Premier League, but to build a team that can compete in the top flight. My commitment and desire to Fulham remains.
During the summer months there most certainly will be many changes within the club. We obviously need to improve and redefine our playing staff, and we have in our academy team some talented, young and hungry players.
I have experienced on many occasions, through working and developing youth team players, that they have the possibility to become top professionals. I am looking forward to the task ahead and to a successful future for all of us.
Bounce-back promotion to the Premier League will be what's expected of Magath, but three wins during his first three months in the role isn't the most encouraging sign that synchronisation is being developed between him and his players.
The West Londoners have begun to show some promise of improvement in their end-of-season run-in, but Magath will have a modest budget in attempting to get out of a division he's close to unfamiliar with, and it's a big ask of his credentials.
Former club owner Mohamed Al-Fayed believes his successor, Shahid Khan, was foolish in allowing the Michael Jackson statue at Craven Cottage to be removed, per BBC Sport, and who's to say if there's any truth in the superstition?