Former Fulham manager Felix Magath criticised the attitude of English footballers, after his brief stint at Craven Cottage.
Magath was in charge for Fulham’s relegation from the English Premier League to the English Championship in May and his tenure in charge of the London outfit ended after picking up just one point in seven matches to begin life in the second tier on a low note.
The German boss’ last matches in charge were a 3-0 loss to Reading and a 5-3 loss to Nottingham Forest as his time in charge was little over seven months.
The 61-year-old, whose stint at Fulham was his first role either playing or coaching outside of Germany, lambasted the attitudes of his local contingent in west London.
“The English find it hard to train. What sort of professional sportsmen can’t train twice a day? For me it’s a complete joke,” he said.
Magath also criticised the English national team, and said Fulham’s players were not conducive to criticism.
“Unlike Germany, who’ve enjoyed success for 50 years, the English haven’t had any success in 50 years,” Magath said.
“Given the German mentality, we’re extremely well-suited to team sports such as football.”
“On the other hand the Fulham players had disciplinary problems and were very sensitive.”
Fulham have recovered from their slow start in the Championship season, climbing to 13th place in the league table with 28 points – only 10 points outside the promotion play-off spots through 22 matches.