Former Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy has disclosed more of Felix Magath's unorthodox training methods.
Magath's unhappy reign at Craven Cottage came to an end this week and already bizarre stories of the German manager's approach are beginning to leak from the club.
The Guardian revealed that the former manager had tried to use cheese to treat an injury which was picked up by Brede Hangeland last season, but Murphy says that Magath made a far more costly error during his time as manager.
The 37-year-old has spoken of the former Wolfsburg boss's decision to make the players take part in a gruelling training session just a day before their decisive game against Stoke City in the 2013/14 Premier League season.
Fulham ended up losing the game 4-1, conceding three times in the second half, and Murphy believes that this was a far bigger error than his strange technique to treat injuries.
"One story that springs to mind —much more significant than using cheese to fix an injury — is training for two-and-a-half hours on a Friday afternoon, the day before you play Stoke in a game you’ve got to win to stay in the Premier League," he said to the London Evening Standard. "The lads were dead on their feet before half time.
“Ideas like that can’t be dressed up as anything other than crazy. The lads just couldn’t adapt to his ways. We can smile at the stories now but he’s part of a bigger picture that has put the club in this predicament.”
Now Magath has gone there is optimism around Craven Cottage once again and they will be hoping to elevate themselves up the Championship very quickly.
The Cottagers were considered one of the promotion favourites before the season began, but they are yet to win a match and know that a drastic improvement will be needed to close the gap between them and the top two spaces which has already formed.
Murphy is considered to be one of the candidates to takeover on a permanent basis from Magath but, for now, the job is in Kit Symon's hands.
Symons is considered one of the nice guys of football and his regime is likely to be seriously contrasting to his predecessor.
Symons will take control of the side for the first time tonight, when they take on Doncaster Rovers in the League Cup.