Fulham dragging themselves into further chaos 0

Managers get sacked prematurely nowadays, and that’s something which all of us non-football club-owners just have to accept. But there are ways of instituting change, and then there’s just creating club-wide instability through a lack of communication.

Jason Burt summarises the situation at Fulham neatly in his Telegraph column today, and really paints a picture of a club knee-jerking their way through a series of decisions.

Felix Magath is now employed at Craven Cottage, but that is the only aspect of this which doesn’t seem to be shrouded in ambiguity.

Last night, Rene Meulensteen was adamant that he’d been sacked, but today he’s seeking further clarification of his employment status. Ray Wilkins is quoted as saying that he’s “completely in the dark” in the dark over his future. Nobody has heard anything from Alan Curbishley.

How can this happen?

How can a Premier League club make such a significant decision without informing their other members of staff how they’ll be impacted? It’s staggering; Shahid Khan is an experienced sports-team owner, and Alistair Mackintosh is no fool - both of them know full-well that this process has not been conducted properly. So what is the justification for the complete absence of professionalism here?

…and what do the players think? What are they walking into at their next training session? Yes, this may all be happening away from the pitch, but that doesn’t mean that the first-team squad are immune to the destabilising effect that this will inevitably have on the club as a whole.

We always accuse clubs of panicking at this time of year and sometimes we do them a disservice by doing so, but not in this instance - this looks every inch like an anti-relegation strategy being implemented on-the-hoof.

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