Fulham boss Felix Magath praises Norwich City’s “very good decision” to appoint Neil Adams

Fulham manager Felix Magath. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. Fulham manager Felix Magath. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.

Thursday, April 10, 2014
2:31 PM

Fulham manager Felix Magath has praised the decision of the Norwich City board to sack Chris Hughton with just five matches of the Premier League season remaining.

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The German boss only took over at Craven Cottage in February, replacing Rene Meulensteen, and welcomes the Canaries to west London on Saturday with his team five points adrift of them in the table.

The relegation six-pointer is crucial to City’s survival hopes as following Fulham they have home matches against Liverpool and Arsenal either side of trips to Manchester United and Chelsea.

Youth team manager Neil Adams has been promoted to first-team duty after Hughton was sacked following a very poor 1-0 loss to West Brom at Carrow Road last Saturday.

Magath, who has previously managed Stuttgart and Bayern Munich, feels the decision makes Norwich a difficult proposition for his team.

“For us it doesn’t matter who we play but Norwich have a very bad schedule. They have very, very difficult games,” the 60-year-old told the Daily Express.

“They changed manager now and that will give them new energy so we have to be careful. They will fight for 90 minutes and it will not be an easy game for us.

“You can never say what happened at another club but they took a manager who knows everything in the club so I think it was for them to change.

“I think it was a very good decision for them but maybe it is too late.”

Adams has had only this week to try and raise the spirits of the City squad but Magath expects the former City player will have his team highly motivated for the match.

Magath added: “Now as a manager you can’t do a lot of things. It is only a question of the atmosphere – not of training sessions or tactics.

“I think he has a chance – the new man coming from the youth team – has a chance of getting a response from the team.”

25 comments

  • Now that Chris Hughton is finally sacked, And his coaches are completely packed. Wiith five games to go, It’s a tough road to hoe, For Neil, Paul and Mark that’s a fact. Crispy said “utterly deluded”, Under Chris we would have improvéd. Though our form was pathetic, Sherwood remained sympatheic But LMA’s Bevan was “left disappointed.” In a fury that sounded volcanic, Brian Kerr said that “It’s absolute panic” Risking widespread derision Magath said “good decision”. Now City will be more dynamic.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • See Lincs thats why I think they did it. Personally I think they club lost faith in the manager before WBA. Likely long before but they gave him every chance to turn it around but sadly he failed. Now the club would never be as defeatist in public as Hughton was so I think they did the only thing they could after how nasty it turned at full time against WBA....and that was give ourselves a chance. Hopefully the lift us fans have recieved will be similar with the players. Fresh face, fresh ideas and all that. Its no guarentee of working but certainly give us a chance of staying up. Win Win as well because if we go down nobody will blame Adams and if we stay up the club has an instant hero. Fingers crossed the gamble pays off. OTBC

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • It's incredible that they have beaten us 10 times since 1986 without us recording a single victory.

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    spark

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Testing, testing. Nothing getting through on this board.

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • In the recent press conference Russell Martin, the Club Captain and senior professional stated that he saw "no major crisis" as we are still 5 points above the bottom three. So no need for any concern then. I wonder why we are all getting so worried, or the Board felt they had to sack the Manager? The players all feel secure, there is no major crisis. After the performance at home against WBA there is definitely nothing to fear about playing Liverpool or Arsenal at home. Chelsea and Man Utd will be no obstacle and a guaranteed 3 points at Fulham this Saturday. Everything is just peachy. According to the Club Captain. I think Russell needs help getting his head into the game.

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Just curious. Are we anyone's bogey team? I assume it's not Man U, Liverpool, Chelsea or Arsenal.

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Hello, village lad.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • It is said that new managers often get under-achieving squads to perform better, from the first game. Fingers crossed. Win and Fulham are in serious trouble, draw against bogey team and Cottagers have to close the five point gap in four games. The change of manager had to happen after Saturday. The opportunity to give a manager time to settle passed well before the end of the January window. What may have happened differently? Becchio out on loan and a n other in for example. If City had not gained four points and had two clean sheets against Man City and Spurs Hughton may have gone after those matches.

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    Capri

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • In the last couple of months, on all these boards, the real fans have been asking for the team to show, passion, commitment, & to be positive. Whilst there is lots of passion & commitment from the real fans it wouldn't hurt to see a few more positive comments. We will definitely get 3 pts Saturday. And we will definitely stay up.

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    alan

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Magath has done well with a very poor Fulham squad. I still think he was better in dangermouse

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    Plum

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • I don't want to but you could call it us v Bayern again in a funny kind of way. And we all know what happened then:)

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    el dingo

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Now here's a guy who knows what he's talking about.......

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    GossVolley

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • I stuck my neck out and admitted I was Jealous when Fulham appointed Felix Magath. My fellow Barlcay ST holders laughed at me and most didnt have a clue who he was. I was sure he would save them and keep them up. Then they had a rough start and my friends laughed at me even more. Now they are starting to pick up form but for the love of god I hope they have an off day against us saturday. I can handle my friends telling me I was wrong etc...if it means ncfc get 3 points ;) On a serious note though im trying to make out whether there is a hint of mind games going on here in his broken english. Is he trying to make excuses early for his own side as he does not know how we will play? Or is he trying to put extra pressure on Adams to get it right. Either way its different from what most managers would say if facing NCFC this weekend as I was fully expecting more talk of how people feel sorry for Hughton etc. We certainly need to take note of our many matches against Fulham recently and how it hasnt worked at all in any of them. Personally my answer is, their isnt alot Adams can do when it comes to tactics as we've tried a fair few formations this season. I think it comes down to the players mentality and how he man manages them. Fingers crossed OTBC

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • He makes a good point about the new appointment being too late and it is the one reason why I would have liked CH to see out the season. He got us where we are, the board stuck by him right up to the moment we ran out of easy (easier) games. Yet as we neared the cliff's edge the board lost faith in the driver. Yes, I wanted CH out, but as Matt says the Fulham boss has needed time to get his ideas across. Adams has no time, only mission impossible.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Sounds good to me alan.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • I was one of those who had never heard of this guy, Matt. You are probably right about the mind games, he needs to counter the new manager bounce and is killing us with kindness. Interesting how he also talks of the change coming too late. Can we find him a part time job on our board?

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Agree Matt that the change gives us hope for next 5 games, as against the despondency that had set in. However, I am still critical of the board. If they had lost faith in the manager some time ago but only acted in response to fans anger it does not say much for their decision making or backbone. Also, this is a NCFC fans' board so el dingo is entitled to look back on our "tiny bit" of history if he choses. At least it is in colour.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • It is said that new managers often get under-achieving squads to perform better, from the first game. Fingers crossed. Win and Fulham are in serious trouble, draw against bogey team and Cottagers have to close the five point gap in four games. The change of manager had to happen after Saturday. The opportunity to give a manager time to settle passed well before the end of the January window. What may have happened differently? Becchio out on loan and a n other in for example. If City had not gained four points and had two clean sheets against Man City and Spurs Hughton may have gone after those matches.

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    Capri

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • El dingo stop living in the past with your one and only tiny tiny bit of history if that's what you call it lmfao

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    Townman

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • It is time to pay back Fulham for all of the pain they have inflicted. We will be VICTORIOUS!

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    Cuttlefishpie

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Certainly agree that we are overdue a good result there.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Say nothing and there it is. Always works.

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • I would certainly lay no blame with Neil Adams if we go down - that must lie fairly and squarly with Hiughton and his coaching team. However I hope we will stay up and if we can win at Fulham then I think we may just manage to find the extra point or two which might secure our status. It is, however, a big if!

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • That Dimitri Tiomkin song comes to mind "To lie a coward, a Craven coward...." . High Noon. Well, High 1507hrs, anyway.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • It`s like that, it`s just the way it is, LincsCan. Irritating, isn`t it!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 11, 2014

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