Fulham players have a penchant for exposing their ex-manager’s major flaws after they are sacked, with the notorious Felix Magath cheese saga chief among these headlines.
In Fulham’s official programme this weekend, Kevin McDonald continued the tradition, lambasting Claudio Ranieri and revealing why the Italian failed at Craven Cottage.
In comments reported by the Evening Standard, McDonald shed light on the key clash between Ranieri’s system and Fulham’s philosophy.
“His style didn’t suit the players,” McDonald said. “He wanted us to play with the ball in behind the opposition defence but the whole Fulham team is about playing the ball on the floor. We were a bit confused with what he wanted.”
It must be noted that McDonald was unceremoniously frozen out by Ranieri and will surely be aggrieved by his treatment; but nevertheless, the disconnect the Scot reveals is shocking.
Whenever a manager fails to communicate his methods to his squad, it is an utmost concern for a club, and the fact that the Fulham players were “confused” in the midst of a relegation battle is inexcusable.
Ranieri was brought in to stem the flow of goals Fulham were conceding, but in the end his attacking tactics doomed the club, by robbing the Whites of their most effective way of winning matches.
The ditching of possession-based tactics and an emphasis on direct play in a team lacking in pace has proven to be seriously misguided.
Kevin McDonald’s brutal honesty was refreshing for Fulham supporters, but overall invoked a feeling of frustration over the deluded tenure of Claudio Ranieri.