Magath ready to reshape Fulham

Magath was unable to steer the club away from relegation Photo: PA

Felix Magath will put faith in Fulham's exciting crop of youngsters to fire the Cottagers back into the Barclays Premier League next season.

Relegation from the top flight was confirmed last weekend with a 4-1 defeat at Stoke and Magath's team could finish bottom of the table if they fail to beat Crystal Palace on Sunday.

There was some room for optimism on Monday night however, as Fulham's Under-18s put on an impressive performance in the FA Youth Cup final, losing 7-6 on aggregate to Chelsea.

Magath, who watched both legs of the final, wants the the club's young talent to form the backbone of his new side in the Championship next season.

"The key is to come back to the Premier League - now we can make a change to make our younger players the basis of the future," Magath said.

"We will give our youth academy more opportunities than we have in the last few years and there will be some players who will join us in the first team.

"We are starting again and that is the good thing from the situation - we are now able to change the things we want to."

Of the eleven Fulham players to start against Stoke, seven were aged 30 or older and only two were younger than 28.

One of those was 22-year-old Dan Burn who has been given a chance to impress in defence this year while the likes of Patrick Roberts and Moussa Dembele are also considered to have bright futures.

"There is excitement," Magath said. "Because that is what I stand for and what I like - building a team, working with young players.

"That is what I have discussed with our owner - trying to make Fulham a club that can play a big role in the Premier League rather than just in the relegation fight.

"It's a nice challenge."

Scott Parker is one of a number of players that is expected to leave the club this summer Credit: PA

Some of the club's veterans such as Scott Parker, Steve Sidwell and John Arne Riise may be moved aside to make way for fresh blood coming through.

Magath, however, insisted it is too soon to make decisions on who will be leaving the club and believes it will be important to maintain a degree of experience in the new set-up.

"I take care of the younger players but if you want to build a team you can't only have young players, you need some experience too even if it is based on young players," Magath said.

"For me, [players' futures] was not on the agenda until last weekend because it was more important to think about the end of the season.

"Now we have to speak to the players who want to stay and have contracts.

"We have to find out which ones will be here and which ones will leave us and we will start that in the next few days."

Magath arrived in February and despite failing to keep Fulham in the Premier League, his position as manager next season was confirmed earlier this week.

The German believes the club is in desperate need of stability after a campaign that saw three managers in charge at Craven Cottage, a new owner and seven players signed in January.

"When I stepped in here I was realistic and knew relegation was a possibility but I was disappointed that it happened," Magath said.

"For me, the biggest problem we had here was the decision to bring in so many new players in January.

"It is a difficult situation to merge foreign players with young players - that was very difficult here for everybody.

"There was too much upheaval. In one season there has been a new owner, new managers, new players and it was too much."

He added: "I was prepared to build a new team here - that was my idea coming to Fulham and that is what I would like to do."