Magath prepared to drop down into the Championship with Fulham

Felix Magath insists he will still be at Fulham next season, if their fixture list includes trips to the likes of Bournemouth and Huddersfield Town.

In what has been a hugely troubling campaign at Craven Cottage, the German is the third man to take the reins at the club since August. Dutchman Martin Jol was fired in December of his third term in charge, and his replacement, compatriot Rene Meulensteen, was sacked earlier this month after just 13 league matched in the dugout.

Magath was denied a much-needed win in his first game when the Londoners were held to a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion last weekend, a result which leaves them rooted to the foot of the Premier League. However, even if they suffer relegation from the top-flight into the Championship, the 60-year-old intends to stick around.

“I am convinced we are able to challenge the best as I have the ambition to establish myself as a Premier League manager,” Magath, who won two Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich and one with Wolfsburg, told Sky Sports. “There is no doubt what my aim is. Still, I have signed a deal with Fulham and this deal is valid for the Championship.”

The Cottagers have been a Premier League club since 2001, and finished eighth under Roy Hodgson in 2008-09. Their bid to remain in the elite resumes on Saturday afternoon, when they welcome league leaders and neighbours Chelsea.


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