On Friday 14th February 2014, the Club announced the arrival of Felix Magath as First Team Manager on an 18-month contract.
A midfielder in his playing days, Magath spent 10 years at Hamburger SV after spells at Viktoria Aschaffenburg and FC Saarbrucken. He enjoyed considerable success during his time at Hamburg, where he played alongside future Fulham Manager Kevin Keegan for several years.
During his time at the club, he won three Bundesliga titles, the European Cup, and the Cup Winners’ Cup. Indeed, he scored the only goal of the game as they defeated Juventus in the Final to claim the European Cup title in 1983.
Magath also enjoyed a prosperous spell with the national side, notably when he was a member of the West Germany squad that won the European Championship trophy in 1980. He was also part of the squads that competed at the 1982 and 1986 World Cups, and finished his playing career with more than 40 international caps to his name.
He retired after the World Cup in Mexico and was appointed general manager at Hamburg. He then took similar roles at a number of other clubs before being named Hamburg manager in 1995 having previously worked as assistant to then-boss Benno Mohlmann.
The team secured UEFA Cup qualification under his stewardship, but he departed at the end of the 1996/97 season. He then took over at FC Nurnberg and led the club into the Bundesliga at the first attempt.
Stints at Werder Bremen and Eintracht Frankfurt followed, before he enjoyed a highly prosperous spell at VfB Stuttgart. After leading the club to a mid-table finish in his first season, 2002/03 culminated in them finishing as runners-up in the league to Bayern Munich, and they ended the following campaign in fourth spot.
That feat led to him securing the manager’s job at Bayern, where he became the first man to lead his team to a league and cup double, a feat he achieved the following term.
He departed the club in January 2007, taking over at VfL Wolfsburg later in the year. A fifth-place finish in his maiden campaign secured UEFA Cup qualification, although it was the 2008/09 season where his Wolfsburg side really impressed as they secured their first-ever Bundesliga title. Sascha Riether and Ashkan Dejagah were two members of Magath’s squad in his time at the club.
That proved to be his final campaign at Wolfsburg, for the time being, as he left to take the reins at Schalke 04. The team finished second in the Bundesliga in his first season in charge, although he left the club in March 2011.
He was back at Wolfsburg soon after and steered the troubled side away from the threat of relegation, before guiding them to an eighth-place finished the following year. He ended up leaving the club in October 2012 before his next football adventure saw him arrive in SW6.