Fulham boss Felix Magath will watch Fulham in the FA Youth Cup final on Monday night as he plots to inject some young blood into his squad to help them bounce back from Premier League relegation.
Fulham’s fate was sealed on Saturday as they lost 4-1 to Stoke City and Sunderland beat Manchester United, leaving Magath to contemplate how they can recover and win immediate promotion from the Championship next season.
He has no intention of leaving and is already looking at ways in which he can tap into the success of the Fulham academy to help revive the senior side at Craven Cottage.
Fulham travel to Chelsea for the second leg of the Youth Cup final with a 3-2 lead after goals from Moussa Dembele, Emerson Hyndman and Cameron Burgess, and Magath will be a very interested spectator.
“The first thing for me is to look at our academy and look for players who can join us in the next season,” said Magath.
“I will be going to the Youth Cup final to start planning the future. I don’t think to do anything else except stay at Fulham and build a new team – that was the idea when I came.
“It is clear we have to change something. I want to have success with Fulham in the next years. I will talk about the situation with the owner and we will start to come back.
“Fulham are a club with a very good youth academy so the club have to build up not only for youth teams but build for the professionals.
“For me, it has to work; to build up a team with players partly from our academy. I am prepared for that situation. We have a lot of work because we have to change some things if Fulham will become a club which can be a part of the Premier League.”
Magath apologised to the fans after Fulham’s relegation on Saturday and he admits it was a worse feeling than losing the World Cup final, which he experienced twice with West Germany in 1982 and 1986.
“Yes, sure it is,” Magath replied. “Second in the world is not so bad.”