Football

Fear of the drop spurs Magath

Felix Magath confesses to being "afraid" as Fulham's increasingly desperate quest to secure their Premier League status reaches a critical point.

While Magath is convinced victories over Stoke at the Britannia Stadium tonight and at home against Crystal Palace next weekend will result in survival, he is still racked by nerves.

The veteran German manager has never experienced relegation during his 19-year coaching career and knows Fulham are close to ending that proud record.

"For me, it (keeping Fulham in the Premier League) would be my most successful achievement," said Magath.

AFRAID

"I have never been relegated and I'm a bit afraid of the situation, I don't know how it feels to be relegated. I am afraid.

"I am always nervous. Without nerves, 
you cannot bring 100 per cent.

"The mental side is always the most important thing - the players know how to kick, mentality is what we are fighting for."

Fulham are one point adrift of safety with two matches remaining and Magath accepts only two wins will clinch a 14th successive Premier League season.

"I still believe two wins will be enough," he said

"There is no doubt, we need three points to have the chance to not be relegated. That is the situation."

Both Stoke and Palace have climbed out of the relegation battle, leaving them with nothing to play for this season, but Magath denies mid-table opponents signpost an easier route to safety.

"I don't think so because if you are safe, you have a lot of confidence, so it could be that their players do better than before," he said.

- PA Sport.


FULHAM

POSITION: 19th, must win remaining games to be safe.

GAMES LEFT:

  • v Stoke (A, Tonight)
  • v Crystal Palace (H, May 11)