Ex-Fulham star John Collins has slammed his former club’s decision to replace Rene Meulensteen with Felix Magath.

The Dutchman was given his marching orders on Friday following a miserable run at the helm of the Cottagers, ending his spell in the dugout after just 75 days.

Experienced German Magath has become the Londoners’ third manager of the season, following Martin Jol’s dismissal earlier this term.

As of yet the changes made by owner Shahid Khan have made little difference, with Fulham firmly rooted to the foot of the table after spending much of the campaign in the bottom three.

Collins – who spent three years at Craven Cottage during his playing days – believes that the club’s actions have become farcical, and feels that his former side may be unable to beat the drop:

“It’s a shambles, it’s really strange,” he told talkSPORT.

“Over the last couple of results things look like they could be turning a corner and then all of a sudden you hear this news last night.

“When you sign players, you think a manager will be given time. Hopefully the new manager will come in and have an impact, but it’s a tough job and they’re in a difficult position.

“You have to wonder what these new players are thinking when they are hearing that a manager who has persuaded them to come to this club, told them his plan, his vision and what he’s looking from them. Now they’ll be thinking ‘what kind of football club have I joined?’”

“This season it’s been poor from start to finish and they’re in a really difficult position. If I was a betting man then Fulham will be big favourites to go down. Fingers crossed they can stay up, but it’s going to be difficult.”

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