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Sports - April 3, 2019

RELEGATED!! Fulham Go Down After Thrashing

Emeka Nnaike

Fulham have been relegated from the Premier League after suffering a humiliating 4-1 defeat at Watford on Tuesday night.

The London club have sacked two managers this season after an awful run of results, and their defence has been ultra poor, letting in 76 goals in just 33 matches.

Despite spending over 100m on transfers after gaining promotion last season – the most ever for a newly promoted team – the team still underperformed, with three coaches being in charge in just one season.

Slavisa Jokanovic was the manager who brought them up, but he was axed in November after he failed to adapt his style of play to the Premier League.

Premier-League-winning Claudio Ranieri was called in from Rennes to steady the ship, but points still proved hard to come by. The Italian was shown the door in February, before current coach Scott Parker was handed the reins. It was obviously too late despite a late surge in recent weeks, and the club now have to scrap it out in the Championship again next season.

Parker cut a frustrated figure in the aftermath of Tuesday night’s defeat, and questioned his side’s character.

“I’m gutted,” he lamented. “I realised how big the task was, we all understood how big the task of staying in the division was, but the most disappointing thing is the way we lost today.

“That’s just us in a snapshot. If you haven’t watched us this season but then saw that period when two, three and four went in, that’s us.

“I’m sure there’s a mental issue. When you’re at the bottom, everything becomes a lot harder. There’s been a naivety in certain instances of certain games, and that was prevalent tonight.

“The dressing room is obviously disappointed. Everyone is gutted, as you can imagine. It’s a squad of players who have been relegated, so they’re disappointed.”

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