You’ve probably all read this by now: MAF says Felix is absurd to blame him.
There’s a lot of cackling and agreement on the internet.
But hang on…
What did Magath say again?
The problem we had was that the owner before had not spent money,” says Magath. “The club sold the best players and brought in average players. You cannot go on doing that for a long time. That is why we are struggling.”
What part of that is not correct?
Even if you take the view that Fulham were still spending a fair amount on wages – which they were – this still wasn’t good spending. The team got older and older and nobody did a thing. This Fulham team shouldn’t have gone down, and maybe it’s harsh to say that MAF stopped spending, but again, the money that was spent was spent badly. Older, established players, tend to cost more than their younger equivalent, but over the years we had completely neglected the integration of any players, to the point where the youngsters in the team were in their mid to late 20s. It costs money to turn over an ageing team and we absolutely didn’t do this. Nobody can say that Fayed was anything but amazing for the club, but post Europa there was a real sense that that was that. It’s borderline ridiculous to sit here speculating on how much was spent vs how much needed to be spent, but it seems to be a widely held view that Fulham probably didn’t do enough to make sure the 2013-14 season didn’t happen. And like it or not, that season was much more on Fayed than it was on Magath, regardless of what’s happened since.
It was a terrific note from Fayed – you’d expect nothing else from him – but Magath’s view is perfectly defensible, too, so I’m surprised (I shouldn’t be though, should I?) at the reaction to it. Especially as we’ve just won a game and appear to be moving towards a more settled team (Magath’s words).