Alan Curbishley would have liked more time to try to help Fulham stay in the Barclays Premier League, but has no doubt new manager Felix Magath believes he has “all the tools” needed to pull off a survival battle.
The Cottagers took the dramatic step of replacing Rene Meulensteen last week with the German coach, who also decided assistant manager Ray Wilkins and first-team technical director Curbishley would leave the club under a clean break from the old regime.
Former Charlton boss Curbishley had only returned to football just before Christmas when taking up a new role at the west London club.
The 56-year-old, once touted as potential future England manager, can understand the decision, even if he is “disappointed” by the outcome.
“There was a change of manager who decided he wanted to bring his own staff in, and that is always a consequence of managerial changes,” Curbishley said on Sky Sports News.
“I understood it, I respected it, but I was a little bit disappointed because – when I went into Fulham – the role I had was something the club needed.
“Rene had never been a manager before and I was there to advise and offer my opinion on things, as was Ray.
“There are some inexperienced managers in the Premier League such as Tim Sherwood at Tottenham and Garry Monk at Swansea, so there is a role for ex-managers to be mentors.
“But unfortunately it only lasted seven weeks.
“The owner decided after the Liverpool game he was going to make a change.
“Rene will be disappointed, as it was his first stab at management, because the two games previously against Manchester United – where we drew – and against Liverpool, when we led twice, we felt the tide was turning a little bit.”