“I’m told that Magath had Tunicliffle and Larnel Cole in to train in the morning, then play 90 minutes in the afternoon and then train again the next morning. Now, I dont expect to hear violins here but let me tell you that that is absolutely unheard of in football and has immediately set those two players against Magath.”
(The secret footballer is thought to be Dave Kitson, a former colleague of Steve Sidwell’s).
Ryan Tunnicliffe has been told he can leave Fulham – just 25 days after joining from Manchester United.
The 21-year-old was brought to Craven Cottage by sacked manager Rene Meulensteen on transfer deadline day.
But new boss Felix Magath has taken the decision to axe the youngster from his first-team plans and will allow him to leave on loan ahead of a permanent summer departure. And Sportsmail understands Larnell Cole, another deadline day signing by Meulensteen, is also leaving Fulham to join MK Dons on loan.
The German took the decision last week following the first few training sessions at his new club.
Tunnicliffe played for Fulham’s Under 21s last week and didn’t even feature in the senior side’s match-day squad for Saturday’s draw against West Bromwich, despite starting the final two games of Meulensteen’s reign.
Magath has been ruthless in his dismantling of Meulensteen’s regime having sacked members of the Dutchman’s backroom team last week including Alan Curbishley, Ray Wilkins, Jonathan Hill and Mick Priest — and Tunnicliffe has become the first squad casualty.
I thought he’d done quite well, and could be a key player in the next half-decent Fulham team.