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PHOTOS: Fulham squad begin training ahead of Championship campaign

Felix Magath - Fulham Manager

Fulham's senior squad began training today ahead of their bid to bounce straight back to the Premier League.

Whatever happens next season, Fulham's first-team players will remember today as the day they truly began their Championship campaign.

It was the day Felix Magath and his squad returned to training to lay the foundations they hope will take them straight back to the Premier League.

The World Cup may still be in full flow but club football waits for no man, and Fulham's official Twitter account released several pictures of their first team in action on the training field.

A number of stars are yet to return to west London, with Ashkan Dejagah, Bryan Ruiz and Kostas Mitroglou all still involved at the World Cup (at least two of the three will be guaranteed to stay in Brazil beyond the group stages).

The rest of the Fulham squad turned out, however, alongside boss Magath and new first-team coach Peter Grant.

No longer with the club are stalwarts Brede Hangeland, Steve Sidwell and Damien Duff, although the club hope to keep Kieran Richardson amid reported interest from West Bromwich Albion.

The aim for Magath and his side, no doubt, will be to bounce straight back to the Premier League after so many years in the top flight. After last season, however, a general improvement in performance levels and an increasing promotion of youth players, which was thought to be neglected before Magath's arrival, will be welcome in themselves.




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