Ryan Tunnicliffe will have his revenge on Seattle

“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.”

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(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.

From the Mail yesterday

I thought he’d done quite well, and could be a key player in the next half-decent Fulham team.

4 thoughts on “Ryan Tunnicliffe will have his revenge on Seattle

  1. Happy to see him and Cole go out on loan. When we signed them, I assumed it was with an eye on the future not the present. In every window we pick up one or two youth team players from other clubs (sometimes clubs above us, sometimes below, sometimes abroad). So I was very surprised to see them involved in the match-day squad. Tunnicliffe did his job. But his job was little more than to act as a holding midfielder for Reither. There was nothing to indicate he could offer more on the right, and we need more to win matches. He’s a holding midfielder and we now have at least Sidwell, Parker and Kvist to play there at least.

    Magath indicated in an interview that he likes to play with a small squad and that he wanted to trim ours. Mourinho does the same, always wanting a 22-man squad with one replacement for each first team player. With Magath’s intense style of team preparation, the move to loan these two out makes sense. I very much doubt Tunnicliffe has been told he is leaving in the summer, unless he did something incredibly bad in Magath’s first week in charge! If we go down, the squad is going to immediately thin and I’m sure we’ll see these players again. Just look at how many will go:

    Loans: Kvist, Holtby, Bent, Dempsey
    Over 23 and out of Contract: Senderos, Hughes, Riise, Sidwell, Karagounis, Duff

  2. Fans are so upset in general they’ll take anything they can out on the club/vent their frustration.

    Even if it’s sending out two completely green midfielders on loan for 2 months; one who’s played ~5 minutes and the other who made two appearances in 72 hours for a new team with a very one-dimensional game plan in said games. Don’t think they belong in the side any more than the likes of Duff or Riise; of which neither do.

    Also, “Magath has been ruthless in his dismantling of Meulensteen’s regime ” …. Name me one new manager that didn’t fire or severely demote his predecessor’s regime…

  3. I don’t think this is ‘dismantling of Meulensteen’s regime’. I think it is more a case of a young bloke who thinks he is a world beater (he came from ManU), was very loyal to Rene and probably talked back to Magath. This is a classic power play, Magath is showing the squad ‘who is in charge’ and ‘this is what happens if you do not follow my way’ kind of move!

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