The west London outfit have five more fixtures left.
After spending more than £100m on transfers, following promotion to the Premier League, Fulham relegation has been confirmed after losing to Watford. Now the club owner Shahid Khan has apologised to the fans for his side’s dismal performances this season. The 4-1 defeat to Watford, was the club’s ninth successive defeat.
In a statement, Khan said, “Our results over the past three months were as troubling for me and everyone associated with our club as I know they were for you. Last night’s outcome made official what we didn’t think would be possible in August and tried desperately to remedy and avoid as the season wore on.”
He further added, “For me, that makes today the most difficult day of all. I am sorry that we let you down. Our goal this season was to build on what we achieved in promotion and deliver on our pledge to invest heavily in the squad, ensuring that Fulham would always compete in the Premier League and, no matter the result, never disappoint. That didn’t occur and, for that, we hold ourselves accountable. We will reflect, plan thoroughly and respond accordingly.”
Following the sacking of Claudio Ranieri, caretaker gaffer Scott Parker has overseen the club’s last five defeats. It has not yet been confirmed if Parker will continue next season with the club. He said, “I was put in this position and I realise where the mistakes are, what needs to change. Ultimately I’ll put my points across. I’ve not honestly thought about myself (remaining as manager).”
The former England international further quipped, “I’m obviously gutted. I realised how big the task was and we all understood how big the task was to try to stay in this division. There needs to be a sit-down, work out where the mistakes were made this year, work on that as quick as we can and go from there.”
Although the club have five more Premier League fixtures left, relegation has been confirmed. Khan also stated, “In the weeks ahead we will communicate further as to our vision for the future, which includes the latest progress on the Riverside Stand project that will underline my investment in your beloved club. I recognise that may not be of consolation today, but I offer it nonetheless to assure you of my total commitment to Fulham Football Club. Thank you for your faith, endurance and support.”