Magath planning a youthful future for Fulham


Fulham’s manager Felix Magath is planning to turn to his club’s academy to help them gain promotion back to the Premier League next season.

Fulham were relegated from the Premier League this weekend after losing 4-1 at the hands of Stoke. The manager, who has no intention of leaving the club, is already making plans for how best to deal with life in the Championship in order to restore Premier League football to the club.

The manager said

“The first thing for me is to look at our academy and look for players who can join us in the next season.

“I will be going to the Youth Cup final to start planning the future. I don’t think to do anything else except stay at Fulham and build a new team – that was the idea when I came.

“It is clear we have to change something. I want to have success with Fulham in the next years. I will talk about the situation with the owner and we will start to come back.

“Fulham are a club with a very good youth academy so the club have to build up not only for youth teams but build for the professionals.

“For me, it has to work; to build up a team with players partly from our academy. I am prepared for that situation. We have a lot of work because we have to change some things if Fulham will become a club which can be a part of the Premier League.”

Fulham take a 3-2 lead to Chelsea for the second leg of the Youth Cup final with Moussa Dembele, Emerson Hyndman and Cameron Burgess all on the scoresheet.

Magath was apologetic after the final whistle on Saturday admitting that seeing Fulham relegated was worse than losing the World Cup final, something he experienced in both 1982 and 1986.

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Lee Hurley

Writer specialising in good football and bad relationships. If in doubt, assume sarcasm.