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Wednesday 19 February 2014

Felix Magath impressed by Fulham quality

New Cottagers manager says his side are able to escape Barclays Premier League drop zone

  • Felix Magath won three Bundesliga titles with Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich

Felix Magath believes the quality of his squad and his experience of rescuing relegation-threatened clubs will ensure Fulham remain in the Barclays Premier League this season.

The former Bayern Munich and Stuttgart boss took over as manager at Craven Cottage on Friday charged with the task of steering the bottom-placed club out of the danger zone, and Magath is confident the west London side have both the quality and the right man at the helm to bridge the four-point gap that separates themselves from safety.

"Twelve games are enough to keep Fulham in the Premier League"
Felix Magath

"We had the first training session [today] and I was surprised by the team," Magath told Fulham TV on Sunday. "They are very ambitious. The players are keen to show you better results in the next games and I'm sure we can make it."

The 60-year-old twice guided Bayern Munich to the league and cup double in Germany before leading Wolfsburg to Bundesliga success but it was his reputation for salvaging clubs at risk of relegation that first established him among the most highly regarded managers in his native country.

Magath steered Nuremburg and Eintracht Frankfurt away from the lower reaches of the German second and first tier respectively, before turning Stuttgart from relegation strugglers into title contenders in his three seasons in charge. Now he intends to work his magic in his first taste of management in the Barclays Premier League.

"I know not only the German players, I know the international players very well," said Magath. "We have a team that has more potential than we have shown before and I'm sure that we will do that in the next games and show our fans, [who] I hope will support us in our most important game next Saturday against West Bromwich [Albion], that we [will] do much better than we did in our last games."

Magath, who has recruited Tomas Oral as first-team coach and Werner Leuthard as his conditioning coach following the departures of former head coach Rene Meulensteen, techincal director Alan Curbishley, assistant head coach Ray Wilkins, and coaches Mick Priest and Jonathan Hill, is focused on making a winning start to his Fulham career on Saturday, when his side resume their Barclays Premier League campaign at The Hawthorns.

"I have only time now to work with the players and to prepare the team to the most important game next Saturday," he said. "Twelve games are enough to keep them in the Premier League and we need confidence now and a winning spirit and we will start next Saturday at West Brom with it.

"If the players the staff and the fans support us 100 per cent and the players give 100 per cent in the next days I'm sure that we have the potential to avoid relegation."

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Key Points

  • Felix Magath insists 12 matches are enough to steer Fulham clear of relegation
  • German impressed by quality of players at Craven Cottage
  • The 60-year-old focused of making a winning start against West Brom on Saturday
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