Now we will level with you first up, today’s artisan meant to be about Spurs striker Adebayor but last nights news prompted us to change the plan. It emerged last night that after just 75 days as head coach of Fulham, former Manchester United assistant manager Rene Meulensteen had been replaced by Felix Magath.
That’s right you read correctly 75 days! It’s almost like a celebrity relationship how quickly it had come and gone. Having been brought in initially to assist Martin Jol who he then replaced as head coach on November 1st. Since then he has seen his team flatter to deceive, sell it’s most dangerous striker, the return of a prodigal son in Clint Dempsey,Crash out of the FA Cup and become the latest team to leave Old Trafford with something. It has been quite eventful although you have to question why the sacking has come now? As it stands Fulham are 4 points away from safety and playing some grinding football and the way this season has been going they could have ended up mid table under Meulensteen and still might under Magath but we are not one who likes seeing managers being chopped and changed.
The timing comes as a shock as well as Meulensteen has invested in the squad in January, bringing in the hard working Lewis Holtby & Johnny Heitinga to add more of a backbone to the team, as well as the Greek monster Mitroglou to replace Dimitar Berbatov who went to Monaco and also 3 youngsters in Kvist, Tunnicliffe & Cole. It seemed Meulensteen was starting to mould the squad to his own design and the owner was happy to fund that. Now Magath will have to work with what he has been left with and no time to bring in his own men.
With Fulhams next 4 fixtures looking ominous as well Magath really is being given a baptism of fire with 2 of the fixtures being against clubs that are close to them in the league and the other 2 against Newcastle & Chelsea you have to believe that Magath has an uphill task to try and motivate the players for the final half of the season. As for Meulensteen he joins the names of Kidd & Quieroz as ex Manchester United assistants who didn’t make the grade as managers, also it’s worth noting that he hasn’t left the club and has been told he can only leave of he resign. All a bit bizarre if you ask us.