Fulham are preparing to axe current manager Felix Magath if the German fails to keep the west London club in the Premier League.
And, in a bizarre twist, the Cottagers are said to be lining up a return for Alan Curbishley – who had a brief stint as Technical Director earlier this term – as their new boss.
The Craven Cottage outfit are currently rock bottom of the Premier League and priced at 1/7 to be relegated and even the most hopeful of Whites fans would be reluctant to take the 9/2 about a great escape.
Magath arrived in west London with a reputation for being something of a survival master, having avoided the drop with Nurnberg, Werder Bremen, Frankfurt and Wolfsburg in Germany, but has failed to deliver thus far with just four points from his six games in charge.
With away trips to Aston Villa, Tottenham and Stoke still to come it is looking increasingly likely that Fulham will be playing Championship football next term and ‘Curbs’ is the primary choice to lead a promotion push.
There is said to be a growing concern from within the club that certain players are revolting against Magath’s strict training methods and the club’s American owner Shahid Khan appears hesitant to continue with the German should relegation become a reality.
Curbishley, who has been put of management since his two-year spell in charge of West Ham ended in 2008, could be the ideal man to guide the Cottagers back to the big time, having secured two promotions during his 15-year spell at Charlton.
The 56-year-old has only ever managed in London and has been waiting for the right opportunity to come along for a return to the game.
With Fulham hurtling toward demotion and in need of managerial stability, that opportunity looks set to come about in the coming weeks.
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