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Welcome to the Mad House: Updating the crisis at Fulham

Feb 18, 2014, 1:05 PM EDT

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Fulham is a hot mess. For all that’s gone on over the last few days, weeks, months at Craven Cottage — that’s all you really need to know.

For those of you trying to get all the recent Fulham drama straight – we’ve got you covered:

On December 1st, Martin Jol was sacked by Fulham after two-and-a-half years in charge and immediately replaced by long time Manchester United assistant coach, Rene Meulensteen.

On December 24th, Fulham appointed Alan Curbishley as first team technical director. Six days later, the Cottagers appointed Ray Wilkins as assistant head coach.

How the balance of power at Fulham would pan out under these three was anyone’s guess, until last Friday when things got really weird and the club appointed Felix Magath as first team manager.

Most presumed the Magath hiring meant Meulensteen had been fired. Indeed, even the Dutch manager believed this to be the case as he took to the radio to explain that chief executive Alistair Mackintosh had told him that he had been “released.”

Fulham, however, have since come forward to claim that Meulensteen has not been sacked. He’s merely been “relieved” (thanks?) of his first-team duties after only 75 days at the helm. What role Meulensteen currently occupies at the Cottage, no one seems to know and the fact that he faces a fight to secure a pay-off from the club (he’s on a contract until 2015) only complicates things further.

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any more bizarre they did on Monday when Curbishley and Wilkins were reportedly sacked the club.

So there you have it. New Fulham owner Shahid Khan is not hitting the panic button, he’s positively smashing it. Guess that’s what happens when you suddenly realize the club you paid $300 million is four points adrift of safety with 12 league matches to play.

Welcome to the Mad House.

  1. Punk - Feb 18, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    Hmmm….. Both Khan’s football teams are in disarray and confusion…..

  2. capmanagementcom - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    This is what happens when an American takes over. Don’t even tell me about Liverpool & Manchester.

    I’m American by-the-way

    • Ian's Rushtache - Feb 18, 2014 at 3:16 PM

      I’m guessing we should tell you about Arsenal and Aston Villa then.

    • danielofthedale - Feb 18, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      Arsenal and Aston Villa have been fairly stable clubs under American ownership.

    • Ian's Rushtache - Feb 18, 2014 at 3:18 PM

      25% of Premier League teams have American ownership.

      80% of those teams are in the top 12.

      Facts do not support your narrative.

    • drewvt6 - Feb 18, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      Look at Khan’s other professional sports team. A thing of organizational beauty it is not.

      • jaxfootballing - Feb 19, 2014 at 2:31 PM

        Fulham’s recent woes are definitely being played out in a very public, ugly fashion. Did not realize the extend of the damage – as the local Jacksonville papers do not really cover his “other” football team beyond the regular 2-bit coverage of any other ELP side. I do follow this website and I had seen that there were some unseemly happenings at the club. This article sums up the extent of the disfunctionality…..He needs some better advice than he is currently getting would be a starting point. Fulham have to somehow avoid the relegation issue and if they can stay up then an significant overhaul would seem to be in order this summer (players, style-of-play, mgmt., technical direction and overall leadership), If they drop into the Championship then it will definitely take them a few years to be able to make it back into the EPL.

        I agree that the Jaguars for the past 12 years or so have few positives to hang their hats on. I live in Jacksonville and the woes that the Jags face are equally embarrassing…..However, in Mr. Kahn’s defense he is a much more involved owner than the previous one (not saying a lot) – and the next couple of seasons will dictate if he is steering the ship in the right direction for the Jags. So far the verdict is out……just like Fulham.

  3. djp141 - Feb 18, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    “New Fulham owner Shahid Khan is not hitting the panic button, he’s positively smashing it.”

    As he should. If Fulham drops to the Championship, it might be a long time before they make their way back.

    • midtec2005 - Feb 18, 2014 at 5:27 PM

      Unless he loses money on keeping good players… which he probably isn’t too keen on doing.

  4. unclemosesgreen - Feb 18, 2014 at 7:05 PM


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