Fulham sacks Meulensteen, hires Magath

London, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Fulham announced Friday that the club has sacked manager Rene Meulensteen and replaced the Dutch tactician with German coach Felix Magath.

Meulensteen had been in charge of the Cottagers for just two months after Martin Jol was given his marching orders in December.

A draw at Manchester United and closely-contested loss to Liverpool over the past week was not enough to save Meulensteen's job as Magath arrives at Craven Cottage having managed in the Bundesliga since 1995.

"Felix is an accomplished manager with multiple honors in the Bundesliga and a hunger to replicate his success with Fulham in the Barclays Premier League," Fulham owner Shahid Khan said in a statement. "I'm especially impressed with the reputation Felix has for coming into clubs at difficult times, often late in the season, and lifting them to their potential and beyond. Felix knows that is precisely the task awaiting him at Fulham, and he made it abundantly clear that he wants and is ready for the opportunity."

Magath, 60, has previously managed Wolfsburg, Bayern Munich, Werder Bremen, Stuttgart and Schalke. He has 12 games to help lift Fulham off the bottom of the Premier League table as the Cottagers sit four points away from safety.