Fulham have moved to replace manager Rene Meulensteen with Felix Magath in a bid to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

The Cottagers are currently rooted to the foot of the table after a disappointing season, but they have shown signs of improvement lately with a shock 2-2 draw away to Manchester United and a narrow defeat at the hands of Liverpool.

But, Fulham’s owners acted swiftly to dismiss the Dutchman and draft in Magath as first-team coach.

A statement from Fulham’s owner Shahid Khan on the club’s official website read:

“I’m very happy to welcome Felix Magath to Fulham Football Club. Felix is an accomplished manager with multiple honours in the Bundesliga and a hunger to replicate his success with Fulham in the Barclays Premier League.

“I’m especially impressed with the reputation Felix has for coming into clubs at difficult times, often late in the season, and lifting them to their potential and beyond. Felix knows that is precisely the task awaiting him at Fulham, and he made it abundantly clear that he wants and is ready for the opportunity.

“Our Club has shown promise in recent matches, but the fact is we haven’t won a league match since 1st January. Given our form, we can no longer merely hope that our fortunes will finally turn. And with 12 matches remaining and at least four points separating us from safety, we certainly can no longer post empty results. Action was required.”

Magath has a wealth of managerial experience and has enjoyed spells with the likes of Bayern Munich, Wolfsburg, Schalke and Werder Bremen.

Meulensteen had taken over from Martin Jol earlier this season, but the ex-Manchester United coach was unable to alter the poor form of his predecessor.

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