Premier League: Fulham manager Felix Magath apologises for relegation
Fulham manager Felix Magath has apologised to fans after the club dropped tamely into the Championship.
Last Updated: 06/05/14 1:12pm
The 60-year-old German took the reins at Craven Cottage in mid-February and although he has failed to stave off the threat of relegation, is keen to honour the 18-month contract he signed.
In an open letter to the club's supporters released on the Fulham website, Magath said that he was determined to rebuild the squad and guide them back to the Premier League.
He said: "We as a team, and I include myself and management, would like to apologise for our bad performance on Saturday.
"It certainly was not what you as fans were expecting and should rightfully demand of us, but we were unable to perform on the day, resulting in our downfall.
"The support you have given us has been exceptional and is much appreciated. I do realise that you have been through difficult times this season, but you have continued to be our ever faithful 12th man and I cannot praise and thank you enough.
"I was appointed by Mr Khan in February, and willingly signed a contract for 18 months, realising that there was a distinct possibility that we would not survive in the Premier League.
"Contrary to many opinions, I was not only brought in until the end of the season, with the primary target of keeping Fulham in the Premier League, but to build a team that can compete in the top flight. The reality is that we have been relegated, but my commitment and desire to Fulham remains.
"In the short space of time that I have spent here, I have been very impressed with so many aspects of our football club, and with this in mind, my one priority is to give Premier League football back to you.
"During the summer months, there most certainly will be many changes within the club, we obviously need to improve and redefine our playing staff. We have in our academy team, talented, young and hungry players.
"I have experienced on many occasions, through working and developing youth team players, that they have the possibility to become top professionals, I name for example Philipp Lahm from Bayern Munich. Bearing this in mind and making additions to our squad, I feel very optimistic for the future.
"On Sunday we play our final game of this season against Crystal Palace, and we owe it to you to put on a good performance that is worthy of your fantastic support. I am looking forward to the task ahead and to a successful future for all of us."