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Tim Ream has delivered a blunt assessment of Fulham’s failure to beat the drop – insisting that the club’s players should take responsibility for their part in the desperately disappointing season.

The American defender believes that the squad should have collectively made their voices heard during the course of a campaign that lurched from one crisis to another. Both Slavisa Jokanovic and Claudio Ranieri were sacked before former midfielder Scott Parker assumed the reigns in a caretaking capacity.

Ream said:

“We haven’t shown a togetherness, unity, desire, passion. We’ve shown it in bits and pieces, in the first half then go dead and flat. We need to find it from somewhere. Guys need to speak up more in training sessions.”

Ream, 31, has been with Fulham since 2015, making 147 appearances for the London-based club, including 22 this season.

“There should have been [strong words] all season long. There were some home truths. We’ll see if it resonates with the guys. We will approach the remaining games like we have for every game. We will go out to try to get points, albeit meaningless points.”