Former Fulham full back John Arne Riise says Felix Magath is “flushing the club down the toilet”.

The German failed to keep Fulham in the Premier League last season and has presided over a dreadful start to their Championship campaign, with the Whites losing all four of their fixtures so far – including a 5-1 win hammering at Derby on Saturday.

Riise, who was released from Craven Cottage after Fulham went down, told Norwegian television:

“With his arrival, they’ve flushed everything that the club stands for down the toilet. I really like Fulham. It’s a real family club with a great stadium, but with Magath everything gets flushed down the toilet. His training methods are terrible. All football sessions are 11 vs. 11, working on tactics. Magath is silent for 40 minutes. It is a shame, but I fear for Fulham. Responsibility lies with Magath and the guys upstairs. They knew exactly what they were getting with this guy.”

The Fulham board are reportedly hastily drawing up a shortlist to replace Magath, which apparently includes former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood.