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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

Wednesday 4 May

17:09
17:02
16:59
16:36
16:24
15:51
15:47
14:43
14:33
14:18
14:03
13:55
13:48
13:32
13:07
12:49
12:17
11:41
10:25
09:45
09:04
06:59
06:54
05:52
05:11
03:05
02:52
02:43
02:38
01:49
01:45
00:58
00:50
00:34
00:19
00:05

Tuesday 3 May

23:51
23:39
23:32
23:22
22:41
21:43
21:18
20:31
19:31
19:09
18:43
18:38
18:17
17:58
17:38
17:28
16:46
15:54
15:51
15:42
15:28
15:11
15:10
15:03
14:43
14:24
14:03
14:01
13:08
13:08
13:00
12:56
12:47
12:37
12:15
11:56
11:35
11:17
11:01
10:22
09:36
09:35
09:00
08:55
08:00
07:34
07:11
05:04
04:49
04:49
04:39
04:19
03:40
03:37
03:21
03:18
02:14
01:33
01:12
01:06
01:05
00:50
00:49
00:44
00:40
00:36
00:22
00:13
00:07
00:02
00:00

Monday 2 May

23:47
23:40
23:40
23:34
23:28
23:18
23:07
22:55
22:42
22:30
21:21
20:45
20:31
19:57
19:46
19:38
19:04
18:12
17:59
17:58
17:43
17:21
16:55
16:22
16:09
15:23
15:16
15:13
14:57
14:14
13:39
13:08
12:05
11:38
10:44
10:05
09:59
09:31
09:14
09:00
09:00
07:53
07:34
07:19
07:07
06:08
05:04
04:36
03:14
02:57
01:46
01:45
01:43

Championship table

# Team MP D P
1 45 +34 90
2 45 +32 88
3 45 +30 88
4 45 +30 80
5 45 +24 78
6 45 +22 74
7 45 +5 67
8 45 +1 66
9 45 +4 62
10 45 +1 62
11 45 +0 61
12 45 -8 58
13 45 -1 57
14 45 -6 55
15 45 -2 52
16 45 -5 52
17 45 -5 52
18 45 -16 52
19 45 -7 51
20 45 -14 49
21 45 -14 48
22 45 -37 40
23 45 -29 39
24 45 -39 30

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