The Cottagers’ 13-year stay in the top tier is set to end in the coming weeks after Saturday’s 4-1 loss at Stoke rendered safety impossible on the back of a disastrous campaign.
Only four years ago Fulham were gearing up for a Europa League Final under the guidance of Roy Hodgson, but since then top players leaving the club and managerial changes – three this season alone – have hindered on-field progress.
Hangeland has been at the club through the good and bad times in recent years and believes that the team that was so successful in 2010 is now a shadow of its former self:
“It is four years since I played in a European cup final and, if I am honest, I do not recognise anything from what we did back then,” he is quoted by the London Evening Standard.
“That was probably the best Fulham team of all time and the club have changed drastically since then.
“A lot of things have changed. The style of play and how we did things worked really well for us then and I do not really know why we moved away from that.
“We had a really good style of play, work ethic and the right values. I do not see much of that at the moment.
“There have been a few mistakes around the place in the last few years and we have paid the price for that. If I am honest, I had fears ahead of this season. There have been some warning signs that we are moving in the wrong direction.”
Fulham are set to sell a number of high-earning players this summer to cope with the financial reality of being in the Championship.