Manager Reaction

Saturday 3 May 2014 17:57

Felix Magath described Fulham’s relegation from the Barclays Premier League as one of the worst days of his career.

The Whites’ 4-1 defeat at Stoke City and Sunderland’s shock 1-0 win at Manchester United saw Fulham’s 13-year top-flight stay come to an end at the Britannia Stadium.

“This is one of the worst days I’ve ever had,” Magath told the press after the game. “I was very confident that we could avoid relegation and I was convinced before the game that we had a great chance. I spoke with the players before and they seemed to be confident and in the dressing room they were up for the fight.

“But today, in Germany you would say it was a blackout. We had no chances from the beginning, we weren’t in the game. The team felt too much pressure, we couldn’t run, we couldn’t pass, we couldn’t play.

“Afterwards, nobody said a word. Everyone was down, there were some tears. But I have to take responsibility and I apologise, not only for today, but for the situation. I was convinced we would stay in the league but now we are relegated.”

Magath had no complaints about the result at the Britannia Stadium, admitting his side hadn’t been good enough.

“At the beginning of the game we saw no fighting, no spirit,” he reflected. “Therefore they felt too much pressure and were not able to play as well as they can. We were a bit better in the second half than the first but after the second goal, we had no chance.”

Magath, who confirmed Hugo Rodallega missed out through illness, is confident the Whites can bounce straight back, adding: “When I joined it was clear we had to change something as the Club was at the bottom of the table. Things developed in the last few weeks but it wasn’t enough. I will talk about the situation with the Owner and we will start the comeback.”