FULHAM can have no excuses for not being prepared for life back in the Championship next season after being relegated with five Premier League matches left, according to the chair of the club’s supporters’ trust.
Owner Shahid Khan apologised to the club’s fans yesterday after the 4-1 thumping at Watford, a ninth successive defeat, sealed their inevitable fate.
The Cottagers splashed out more than £100millon on new players following promotion last summer but registered only four league victories and sacked two managers during a season of struggle.
Khan said in his statement he was ‘sorry that we let you down’, while also looking ahead to ‘plan thoroughly and respond accordingly’.
Whether caretaker boss Scott Parker, appointed on a temporary basis in February, will be at the helm for a promotion challenge remains to be seen.
But Fulham Supporters’ Trust chair Tom Greatrex certainly feels the London club should be looking to secure a swift return to the top flight, saying: ‘We can’t argue we have not had time to prepare for next season, having looked like we were going to be relegated for several months and now having been with five games to go.’
Greatrex also says lessons must be learned from a dismal campaign, which followed a summer of optimism.
‘Despite having spent a very large amount of money in the summer, our squad and team overall, having tried with three different managers, has not been good enough.
‘Relegation has felt inevitable since January, and possibly a bit longer. There are issues now which the club needs to address, and that is one thing we will take from the chairman’s statement, about responsibility and accountability — and most importantly about how we approach next season.’