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Magath vows to rebuild Fulham

Felix Magath is adamant he is the right man to lead Fulham back to the Premier League.

The Cottagers were relegated to the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday when they tumbled to a 4-1 defeat at Stoke, with Magath apologising to fans for the feeble manner of their capitulation.

Magath's future with the club will come under scrutiny this summer after winning just three games since taking over from Rene Meulensteen in February.

But he was in defiant mood when asked about that question in the wake of their defeat at the Britannia Stadium.

Magath said: "I don't think to do anything else except stay at Fulham and build up a new team - that was the idea when I came here.

"It is clear we have to change something, I want to have success with Fulham in the next years. I will talk about the situation with the owner and we will start to come back."

Magath was damning in his criticism of Fulham's performance, accusing his players of lacking the nerve to get themselves out of trouble.

He added: "You saw no fighting spirit and therefore I think they felt too much pressure.

"I was very confident that we could avoid relegation and I was convinced before the game that we had a great chance. I spoke with the players before and they seemed to be confident and in the dressing room they were up for the fight.

"I apologise for not managing the situation because I was convinced we would stay in the league but we are relegated."