Feb 20, 2014, 1:11 PM EDT
New Fulham manager Felix Magath has no doubt Fulham will avoid being relegated to the Championship.
“I am sure we will avoid relegation with this team,” Magath said Thursday.
The Cottagers currently sit bottom of the Premier League table on 20 points, four points from safety.
Addressing his much maligned, no-nonsense managerial approach, Magath emphasized that now is not the time for dreaming.
“Now we have a special situation, it is not the time to dream. We have to work, we have to stand together and fight against relegation,” Magath urged. “I’ve worked with other clubs at the bottom – Stuttgart, Eintracht Frankfurt and Werder Bremen – and I have never been relegated.”
The 60-year-old Magath was hired last Friday to replace Rene Meulensteen, who was fired from the club after just 75 days in charge. To keep Fulham up Magath has targeted six wins in Fulham’s final 12 matches.
“We are not in a time to develop something, only to make points. We are behind others. It’s not enough for us to draw, we have to win.
“I’m convinced what we need to do, and convinced we can avoid relegation.”
Finding where those six wins will come from could prove difficult for Magath. Fulham’s remaining schedule features home matches against Chelsea, Newcastle, Everton, Aston Villa, Tottenham and Stoke City while their away travels see them head to West Brom, Cardiff, Manchester City, Norwich City, Hull City and Crystal Palace.
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