Fulham owner Shad Khan accepts unpopularity

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 28, 2014 at 9:37 am •  Published: February 28, 2014
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LONDON (AP) — With Fulham on its third manager this season and in danger of relegation, owner Shad Khan says he is aware that his decisions appear "unconventional or unpopular."

The American billionaire, however, sees his actions as risks worth taking in a bid to keep the London club in the Premier League.

In a surprise move this month, Rene Meulensteen was dismissed only 75 days after replacing Martin Jol as manager. Felix Magath was then hired to take over the bottom-placed club.

"It wasn't lost on me that introducing a third manager in a season would appear, let's say, unconventional or unpopular — or both," Khan writes in the program for Saturday's match against Chelsea. "I expected the scrutiny and know there will be more ahead. I accept this and welcome the responsibility, because the alternative was risking a non-stop slide in the table in the hope that better results would occur in time to save our season."

Magath, who has won three Bundesliga titles as a coach, signed an 18-month contract to become the first German to take charge of a Premier League team.