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SAVING FULHAM WILL BE NO CHEESY TASK; MORE FALLOUT FROM THE COTTAGE; Murphy's fears - and hopes - after the 'destructive, unusual' & slightly Emmental reign of Magath.

Byline: EXCLUSIVE BY JOHN CROSS Football Correspondent

DANNY MURPHY fears Fulham will struggle to save themselves after their last manager proved to be as mad as cheese.

Former Fulham boss Felix Magath was sacked last week after his bizarre seven-month reign saw them relegated and then plummet to the foot of the Championship.

Magath's madcap methods were highlighted after it was revealed former defender Brede Hangeland (right) was told to put a lump of cheese soaked in alcohol on his leg overnight to try to cure an injury.

Former Fulham captain Murphy said: "The cheese story is remarkable because it's unusual, but it's not destructive like some things that went on.

"Things like ridiculously long training sessions, such as two, nearly three hours the afternoon before a game last season which they needed to win to stay up.

"Sure enough, Fulham lost 4-1 to Stoke and there was a feeling of disbelief because the players were shattered before they took to the pitch.

"Some of his methods were very unorthodox and it's hard to relate to what has happened because it's been such a quick slide from the Premier League to the bottom of the Championship."

Magath accused his former players of telling "lies" and played down the cheese cure. "I merely suggested it could be worth trying the old wives' tale of applying quark cheese to the injured area," said Magath.

"I'd never tell a doctor what to do."

But Murphy said: "I texted Brede to ask if it was true.

Brede told me it was and that the cheese had to be soaked in alcohol and he was told to phone his mother because it would help to speak to someone who loves him while the cheese was working!"

Fulham now have Kit Symons in temporary charge for their Capital One Cup tie with Doncaster tonight.

Murphy fancies being part of a future set-up, potentially as a coach. "It does interest me, even though it's early in my development," said Murphy. "I've worked with some of the best around and I'm ambitious.

"I've got a great affection for the club and if I can help in any way, be it as manager, assistant manager, although I may stop at kit man!"

Fulham may find promotion beyond them this season, but Murphy believes there is enough talent in the squad to stay up.

He added: "They still have Scott Parker, who is a great leader, and Ross McCormack will score goals in the Championship, while Hugo Rodallega should also be good at that level."

Danny Murphy was speaking on behalf of Capital One, credit card company and sponsor of the League Cup


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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 23, 2014

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