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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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Championship table

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

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