Football: Fulham hire Magath as Meulensteen sacked
LONDON (AFP) - Fulham took dramatic action Friday in a bid to preserve their Premier League status by sacking Rene Meulensteen and bringing in Felix Magath as their new manager with just 12 games of the season left.
Former Manchester United head coach Meulensteen had been in charge of the Cottagers for little more than two months after being promoted from within the west London club's backroom staff to replace fellow-Dutchman Martin Jol on December 1.
However, Wednesday's 3-2 home defeat by Liverpool - where Fulham twice took the lead before losing out to Steven Gerrard's stoppage-time penalty - left the Cottagers four points adrift of safety.
And that was enough to persuade Fulham owner Shahid Khan, a Pakistan-born US-based businessman, to sack Meulensteen.