Fulham owner Shahid Khan has apologised to the club’s fans after their Premier League relegation was confirmed. The Cottagers splashed out more than £100millon on new players following promotion last summer but have registered just four top-flight victories and sacked two managers during a season of struggle.
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Tuesday’s 4-1 thumping at Watford was a ninth successive defeat for the west London club and sealed their fate with five fixtures remaining. Their owner released a statement on Wednesday apologising for the team’s efforts, admitting that everyone at Craven Cottage has let the supporters down.
“Our results over the past three months were as troubling for me and everyone associated with our club as I know they were for you,” said Khan in a statement. “Last night’s outcome made official what we didn’t think would be possible in August and tried desperately to remedy and avoid as the season wore on.
For me, that makes today the most difficult day of all. “I am sorry that we let you down. Our goal this season was to build on what we achieved in promotion and deliver on our pledge to invest heavily in the squad, ensuring that Fulham would always compete in the Premier League and, no matter the result, never disappoint. “That didn’t occur and, for that, we hold ourselves accountable. We will reflect, plan thoroughly and respond accordingly.”