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Fulham: Sack Felix Magath, bring in Tony Pulis and promotion awaits

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Should Fulham ditch Magath and bring in the former Crystal Palace boss to replace him?

Fulham's poor start to the Championship season continued last night with a 1-0 defeat in front of the Craven Cottage faithful against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Felix Magath is the club's current boss, taking over from Rene Meulensteen last season as The Cottagers went through three in just one campaign. Based on current evidence, Fulham might do better to part ways with the controversial German.

There is no doubting his credibility as a manager. But his philosophy for the club is not conducive to winning promotion. So far his team selections have looked very suspect. He continues to ignore the likes of World Cup star Bryan Ruiz, massive signing Kostas Mitroglou, Dan Burn, Alex Kacaniklic and Fernando Amorebieta - all players who could surely have an impact at this level.

Not all of them have warranted a chance but the absence in particular of Burn, who shone for Birmingham City in the Championship last term, continues to bemuse fans and pundits alike.

Playing the youngsters is perfectly fine but Magath is not doing so with the subtlety of a man with his experience. The reality check is also this - only a handful will make it at this level. Patrick Roberts is a given while Emerson Hyndman, Chris David and Moussa Dembele are also talented. But Cauley Woodrow, Sean Kavanagh, Lasse Christensen and Cameron Burgess - the club have better options not getting a look in. These players would do better being sent out on loan.

Fulham should sack Magath, and as controversial as it may be, bring in Tony Pulis - without a job after leaving Crystal Palace.

Pulis would not be an initially popular choice with Fulham fans but like it or not he would more than likely get this group promoted - playing football in his own brand.

There are players in this Fulham team custom made to play for Pulis. Dan Burn, Alex Kacaniklic, Scott Parker, Hugo Rodallega, Ross McCormack and even Kostas Mitroglou would certainly have interested Pulis at either Stoke or Crystal Palace.

Magath is still trying to find his best team, ask Pulis today what Fulham's best team is and he will already know it. Magath is a proud lion in hyena territory - it is time for Fulham to let Pulis put the bite back in their promotion campaign.

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