Felix Magath has apologised to Fulham fans for the way his side capitulated in the must-win match against Stoke which they lost 4-1 to confirm their relegation into the Championship.

The Cottagers crashed to a heavy defeat at the Britannia Stadium, with Sunderland’s shock win at Manchester United confirming their drop into the second tier.

And Magath, who has vowed to remain in charge next term, has said sorry to supporters for the lack of fight at the weekend.

Magath said: ‘We as a team, and I include myself and management, would like to apologise for our bad performance on Saturday.

‘It certainly was not what you as fans were expecting and should rightfully demand of us, but we were unable to perform on the day, resulting in our downfall.

‘The support you have given us has been exceptional and is much appreciated.

‘I do realise that you have been through difficult times this season, but you have continued to be our ever faithful 12th man and I cannot praise and thank you enough.’