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Riise fears for Fulham under Magath

26 August 2014 05:25

John Arne Riise launched a scathing attack on Fulham manager Felix Magath, believing he has "flushed the club's philosophy down the toilet".

Magath became Fulham's third manager in the space of a year after replacing Rene Meulensteen in February, though he was unable to avoid relegation from the Premier League in 2013-14.

Life in the Championship has been no better for Fulham, who sit bottom of the table having lost all four games thus far.

Saturday's 5-1 drubbing at Derby County increased the pressure on Magath, who has only won three games since arriving in London.

And former Fulham full-back Riise - released at the end of the last season – went on Norwegian television to voice his concerns with Magath, who is notorious for his brutal training regimes.

"With his arrival, they've flushed everything [that club stands for] down the toilet. His methods are ancient," said the 33-year-old.

"Spoke to a few players after the Derby match. Once they returned to London, Magath ordered a team meeting at 10.30pm.

"Then the next morning [normally day off/restitution], players were ordered to run for one hour, then another training session at 2.30pm. It's not the way to get the boys going. And training methods are terrible."

Riise added: "All football sessions are 11 v 11, working on tactics. Interrupted every five minutes. It's a shame, but I fear for Fulham.

"Responsibility lies with Magath and the guys upstairs [directors]. They knew exactly what they were getting with this guy.

"I really like Fulham. It's a real family club with a great stadium, but with Magath everything gets flushed down the toilet."

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5 - 1

Competition
Championship
Date
23 August 2014
Game week
4
Kick-off
16:00
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
5 - 1
Venue
iPro Stadium (Derby)
Attendance
26577

Goals

J. Ward 23'
(assist by J. Russell) 
1 - 0
1 - 1
54' S. Parker
 (assist by T. Hoogland)
C. Bryson 59'
(assist by J. Russell) 
2 - 1
C. Martin 61'
(assist by C. Christie) 
3 - 1
C. Martin 87'  
4 - 1
S. Dawkins 88'
(assist by W. Hughes) 
5 - 1

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
7 88'
19
30
12
17
21
33

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23:44
23:34
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22:55
22:50
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21:56
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19:48
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Championship table

# Team MP D P
1 34 +31 65
2 34 +26 63
3 34 +29 62
4 34 +27 62
5 34 +30 60
6 34 +18 60
7 34 +9 58
8 34 +7 57
9 34 +8 50
10 34 -2 46
11 34 -1 45
12 34 -6 42
13 34 -11 42
14 34 -12 42
15 34 -6 41
16 34 -9 41
17 34 -11 40
18 34 -16 40
19 34 -12 39
20 34 -5 37
21 34 -16 37
22 34 -23 31
23 34 -16 28
24 34 -39 22

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