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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

Sunday 28 August

17:15
17:06
16:57
16:42
16:23
16:04
15:26
14:51
13:40
13:36
13:31
13:26
11:15
10:45
10:18
08:21
08:07
07:04
06:30
06:21
05:03
04:49
02:12
01:59
01:33
00:55
00:18
00:13
00:06

Saturday 27 August

23:26
23:03
22:20
22:16
22:11
22:01
21:47
21:38
21:24
21:12
20:49
20:35
20:24
20:07
20:06
20:05
20:03
19:51
19:42
19:25
19:25
19:19
19:09
19:08
18:38
18:09
18:04
18:00
17:53
17:53
17:52
17:34
17:34
16:52
16:23
16:22
15:58
15:24
14:14
13:23
13:10
12:30
12:21
11:55
11:42
11:24
10:19
07:42
06:39
05:36
05:24
04:26
04:10
03:28
01:56
01:55
00:51

Friday 26 August

23:44
23:28
23:15
22:58
22:24
20:33
20:28
19:54
19:10
19:03
18:52
18:37
18:13
17:50
17:34
17:27
17:09
17:01
17:00
16:45
16:45
16:18
16:14
16:05
15:48
15:35
15:32
15:24
15:14
15:11
15:09
15:08
14:57
14:55
14:52
14:37
14:28
14:00
13:56
13:52
13:47
13:27
13:26
13:21
13:10
13:10
12:49
12:35
12:19
12:16
12:10
11:57
11:30
11:27
11:26
11:14
10:55
10:55
10:33
10:11
10:00
09:10
08:34
07:27
06:49
06:28
04:27
04:19
03:20
03:01
02:39
02:32
01:21
01:19

Championship table

# Team MP D P
1 5 +4 13
2 5 +3 11
3 5 +4 9
4 5 +4 9
5 5 +3 9
6 5 +2 9
7 5 +0 9
8 5 +4 8
9 5 +3 8
10 5 +2 8
11 5 +1 8
12 5 +1 8
13 5 +1 7
14 5 +1 7
15 5 -3 7
16 5 +0 5
17 5 -2 5
18 5 -2 5
19 5 -3 5
20 5 +0 4
21 5 -4 4
22 5 -9 4
23 5 -2 3
24 5 -8 1

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