One of Felix Magath’s first acts as Manager of Fulham was to secure the services of Tomas Oral as First Team Coach.
A midfielder in his playing days, Oral spent time on the books of SG Egelsbach, Viktoria Aschaffenburg – a club for whom Magath also featured – Germania Horbach and FSV Frankfurt, before retiring in 2006.
Towards the end of his playing career, Oral had begun coaching FSV’s reserve side and was subsequently promoted to work with the first team ahead of the 2006/07 season. He won promotion from Germany’s fourth tier in his first season in charge, and repeated the trick in 2007/08 as Frankfurt became a 2. Bundesliga side.
He left the club the following season and his next role saw him take over at RB Leipzig, leading them to a fourth place finish in the Regional North League. This meant they missed out on promotion, but they did secure the Saxony Cup – the first trophy won in Leipzig’s history.
Oral departed the club at the end of the season and took over at FC Ingolstadt 04 in November 2011, with the club bottom of 2. Bundesliga. He turned their fortunes around and led them to a 12th place finish, and followed that up the following season with a final standing of 13th.
He departed Ingolstadt in the summer of 2013 and now embarks on a new challenge with Fulham in the UK.