Magath responds to Hangeland and Fulham claims over management

Felix Magath - Fulham Manager

The former Bayern Munich, Wolfsburg and Schalke boss took to Facebook to answer the accusations being levelled at the one-time Premier League boss

Felix Magath has moved to rubbish the various claims being made regarding his unsuccessful stint in charge of Fulham, following his dismissal as manager of the Craven Cottage club.

The German could do little to prevent Fulham from being relegated from the Premier League last term and made a disastrous start to life in the Championship, with the Cottagers picking up just a single point from their first seven games in the second tier.

Sacked by the London club last Thursday following Fulham’s 5-3 loss to division leaders Nottingham Forest, the following few days have seen several stories published hitting out at the German’s methods during his time at Craven Cottage.

While many have suggested his dedication and focus to fitness proved problematic in application, the most high profile claim has come from Brede Hangeland.

Released by the club over the summer, it was claimed that the now-Crystal Palace defender was told by the ex-Fulham boss that a knee problem could be cured  using cheese.

The story has been doing the rounds on social media, with many fans laughing at what is perceived to be an outdated and ill-advised treatment method.

But Magath has now hit back, taking to Facebook to issue a statement claiming the version of events promoted by the likes of Danny Murphy at the BBC is "so far from the truth that it becomes laughable".

According to the 61-year-old: “He [Hangeland] had an injury to the knee (inflammation) and I mentioned that he could try using an old technique of wrapping the knee with quark, which is used to decrease the inflammation.

"I would never tell a Doctor how he should manage the injury to a player, but it seems that this story has been wrongly told and blown completely out of context.

The former Bundesliga favourite also issued a thinly-veiled dig at the British press, praising their German counterparts for fact-checking before publishing what he describes as “nonsense”.

Hangeland too, came in for criticism of sorts with Magath evidently unhappy with the way the Scandinavian star conducted himself with regards the now debunked cheese injury story.

"It seems to me, that often players who are not performing on the pitch and are not in the spotlight, will make such ridiculous accusations," he said.

"A world class player in the mould of Michael Ballack or Raul, would never ever make such statements, class speaks for itself."

Magath’s next destination remains unknown, though he would most likely favour a return to Germany, where he boasts a fantastic record of success in the Bundesliga, winning major honours with Bayern, Stuttgart and Wolfsburg.

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