The two former Manchester United graduates moved to West London in January 2014, although they managed to make just four league appearances between them for the Cottagers.
Signed by former United youth coach Rene Meulensteen, neither Tunnicliffe nor Cole could prevent Fulham's slide out of the Premier League.
Less than a month after signing with the Cottagers, Felix Magath was appointed head coach, and both youngsters were farmed out on loan; Tunnicliffe made five appearances for Wigan Athletic, while Cole featured three times for MK Dons.
With Fulham's relegation to the Championship, both former England youth internationals would have hoped to play a key part in the Cottagers' attempted return to the Premier League, although it now appears as if both midfielders are to leave Craven Cottage - having been told that they have no future at the club.
Get West London is reporting that Magath has demoted the duo to the Under-21 squad, and has made it clear that they will play no part in his plans for promotion.
Both players still have three years to run on their contracts, and, although the 21-year olds offer the depth and versatility need for a long and gruelling league campaign, Magath is intent on using other options.
The duo have received a rough deal since leaving Old Trafford in search of first-team football. While they would have presumed that they would play a key part in the midfield of their current club, the managerial merry-go-round has left them tied to long-term contracts with no route of escape.
While many fans will be left questioning another of Magath's decisions, the best thing he could do for the pair of youngsters would be to allow them to leave for a negligible price so that they may continue their careers.