Holtby: No tensions with new Fulham boss Magath

he loanee played under the German while at Schalke, describing his training regimes as the toughest he has ever experienced, but insists he has confidence in the manager’s ability

Lewis Holtby has insisted there is no tension between himself and new Fulham manager Felix Magath following a spell together at Schalke.

The loanee has previously admitted that the Bundesliga winner’s training regime is the toughest he has ever experienced, while Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness hit out at Magath’s “ridiculous” methods.

Holtby was loaned out twice during his spell at Schalke in search for more regular playing time, but insists he has full confidence in Magath’s ability to help Fulham avoid relegation.

“I have no fear. It is also just pushed everything a bit high in my eyes,” Holtby told Sport Bild Plus.

“I have matured as a player and the time under Felix Magath also is now already back nearly five years,” he said.

“We are both in Fulham to achieve a goal and that is to avoid relegation. Everything else is secondary.”

Meanwhile, Magath is similarly positive regarding the task ahead and underlined the importance of focus in the light of backroom changes.

“I have only time now to work with the players and prepare the team for the most important game next Saturday [against West Brom]. We will talk about [backroom] stuff afterwards,” he told the club’s official website.

“I am sure I can [keep Fulham up],” he added. “I have done it before in Germany. I have taken over smaller clubs in a similar situation to Fulham and I am very confident I can do it once more here in England with Fulham.

“I think 12 games are enough to keep them in the Premier League and we need confidence now. We need spirit and we will start next Saturday at West Brom. We have a team that has more potential than what we have shown.”