NUMBERS: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Cardiff City v Felix Magath at Fulham

Felix Magath - Fulham Manager

On Thursday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stepped down from his managerial position at Cardiff City, while Felix Magath was sacked by Fulham.

First it was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and then it was Felix Magath. Within a matter of hours on Thursday, Championship duo Cardiff City and Fulham were left managerless.

Solskjaer was the first ‘casualty’ of the day. The Manchester United legend resigned from his position as the Cardiff boss, but it is pretty much clear that it was a mutual decision.

Then later in the day, Fulham announced that Magath has been sacked, with club chairman Shahid Khan saying it was ‘an unfortunate but necessary change’.

Magath’s short reign as Fulham boss was replete with controversies, and it came as little surprise that he lost his job at the London club.

The German has not received much sympathy in the media either, but Solskjaer has. But should the former Molde boss have?

The pictures above show Solskjaer’s record at Cardiff to be better than Magath's at Fulham. Indeed, at the moment the Bluebirds are in 17th place in the Championship, while Fulham are rooted to the foot of the table with just a point from seven matches.

However, when one looks back at last season, things weigh in Magath’s favour. When Solskjaer replaced Malky Mackay as the Cardiff boss back in January 2014, the Welsh outfit were a point clear of the Premier League relegation zone.

The 41-year-old failed to keep Cardiff up in the English top flight, something that club owner Vincent Tan was quick to point out in his statement following the Norwegian’s departure.

‘Ole was hired by Cardiff City on our understanding and belief that he would help us fight relegation from the Barclays Premier League’, the Malaysian business said.

Now look at Magath’s tenure. The 61-year-old's record in the Championship this season is truly poor and some of the signings Fulham made in the summer are suspect, but when he took charge last season, the London club were already a sinking ship.

Magath was Fulham’s third manager of the 2013-14 season after Martin Jol and Rene Meulensteen. At the time of his appointment, Fulham were bottom but at the end of the season they finished two points above Cardiff in 19th.

At the end of the day, in football it is results that matter. Neither Solskjaer nor Magath got them, and they are now on the looking for new managerial jobs.

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