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Meulensteen shocked by Fulham sacking

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By Stephen Donovan

Saturday 15 February 2014

Rene Meulensteen has told of his surprise at being sacked as Fulham Head Coach, and has accused the Premier League strugglers of ‘hitting the panic button’, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Rene Meulensteen

On Friday, the Dutchman was dismissed after just 74 days and 17 games in charge and replaced by experienced German Felix Magath, who has won three Bundesliga titles, the latest of which coming with Wolfsburg in 2009. The 60-year-old will meet with Fulham coaches Ray Wilkins and Alan Curbishley on Saturday to discuss the way forward.

Meulensteen, who won only three of his Premier League games at the helm, leaves Fulham bottom of the Premier League, but feels that the owner, Shahid Khan has made a panicked decision. He said: “I knew the owners were freaking out a bit that Fulham could be relegated. They’ve hit the panic button on emotion and fear, but hey ho, that’s football.

“The way forward that we have discussed with the club was about longevity and in this case it is clearly an act of fear. I have not had a lot of time and people who came to the Manchester United and Liverpool games could see what I was trying to put in place. I couldn’t care less what they put in the statement, to be honest.”

Explaining his decision in a statement which failed to mention Meulensteen, Khan, who became Fulham owner last summer, added: “Our club has shown promise in recent matches, but the fact is we have not won a league match since Jan 1.

“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.’

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