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Fulham boss Felix Magath was quick to apologise to the club’s fans after their relegation was confirmed after a 4-1 defeat to Stoke on Saturday.
The Cottagers exited the Premier League after another poor performance this season. Goals from Peter Odemwingie, Marko Arnautovic, Oussama Assaidi and substitute Jon Walters gave the Potters all three points as they continue to impress under boss Mark Hughes.
Sunderland’s 1-0 win away to Manchester United ensured that Fulham and Cardiff will spend the summer planning for the Championship. Kieran Richardson managed to pull a goal back but in the end it was not enough and Magath now has to learn after his first relegation as a manager.
Since his appointment in February, he has failed to lift the players after failed attempts from Martin Jol and Rene Meulensteen.
Speaking after the game, he told Sky Sports: “I have to apologise, for not managing the situation and I was convinced that we were not going to be relegated.
“But today there was not enough for staying in the league. We were never in the game. For me, the team has felt too much pressure. They didn’t act, they only reacted, and so you cannot win the game.
“It was the worst game since I have been here today because it was the only game that we had no chance from the beginning.
“For me, as I told you before, the team was not made for a relegation fight and so was the performance today.”