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Family affair at Fulham

Fulham boss Felix Magath has revealed that working with Darren Bent has fulfilled the wish of his son Leonard.

Darren is a very good player - he's my son's favourite player!

He told me for six or seven years that I had to buy Darren Bent.

I've known him for years and he's a very good striker. If he has the training sessions he could be a player that can help us.

– Fulham head coach Felix Magath

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Magath confident he'll be at Fulham next season

Fulham boss Felix Magath is confident his position at Craven Cottage is safe following a discussion with owner Shahid Khan.

The Barclays Premier League's bottom club are five points adrift of safety with only six games left to secure a 14th consecutive season in the top flight.

I had a phone call with the owner (on Wednesday) and everything is fine. He knows the situation, he knows how things work.

I have no doubt about my contract. I don't worry about it.

It's normal if things in clubs don't go well. There is politics, people who call journalists and tell them 'I know that is going on', but I don't care.

Sure I'll be here next season. I'm here to build a team. That was clear from the beginning.

I like to develop teams, I like to develop players so therefore I'm here. I will be here next season and I will do that here.

– Fulham boss Felix Magath.

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Riether not in partying mood

Fulham defender Sascha Riether admits last weekend's birthday celebrations were ruined by his side's 5-0 defeat by Manchester City.Riether turned 31 the morning after the thrashing at the Etihad Stadium, a result that nudged the Cottagers closer to relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

There was no big party, I had my family over and I invited the team over for dinner and that was it.

It's normal when you lose 5-0, you haven't got many reasons to celebrate. It wasn't such a big party.

– Fulham defender Sascha Riether

Martinez: Short period makes Magath's job easier

Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes Fulham counterpart Felix Magath's task of avoiding relegation was actually made easier by the lack of time he was given to save the club.

The German, the Cottagers' third boss this season, took over in mid-February after a chaotic period which saw Rene Meulensteen's spell in charge ended after just two months.

When you have 25 games to go in a season it becomes very difficult because there is so much talk about what could happen and what direction you can go.

Everyone has an opinion and it can affect the team but when it is a short period of time it is very straightforward.

It is a narrow approach and all you need to do is try to get as many points as you can and try to carry momentum from game to game.

It is clear Felix Magath has the experience to provide a very difficult game in every game he puts his Fulham side out in.

– Everton manager Roberto Martinez

Magath in confident mood

Felix Magath is convinced Fulham will win their battle for survival in the Barclays Premier League.

This job is not tougher than I expected it to be. I knew that it would be a difficult job and it is.

But I don't worry about that, I'm happy to be here. I'm looking forward and I'm convinced we'll stay in the league.

I'm not looking at next season because we have to realise that we may not be staying in the Premier League, but I'm convinced that we will.

– Fulham head coach Felix Magath
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