Fulham could have their briefest returns to Premier League football ended if they are beaten later tonight by Watford.
They currently sit second from bottom and are 16 points from safety with only 6 matches remaining. They have only won 4 of the previous 32 games, with 23 defeats.
Fulham regained promotion to the Premier League after four seasons in the Championship by beating Aston Villa 1-0 in last season’s Championship Play-off final after an amazing season but have had a dismal year-long slump since and are looking at an immediate return.
They will be relegated, if they fail to pick up at least a point at Vicarage Road this evening.
On Saturday, Huddersfield Town became only the 2nd team to go down with 6 games remaining, and Fulham will also hold this unwanted record if they lose their game in hand.
The season started with extreme expectation and promise as the club spent over £100mil in preparation, more than any other promoted team in history, and made high profile signings of Andre Schurrle and Jean-Michael Seri, but the team found it hard to adjust to life back in the top flight.
After a dismal run of form, the club’s board sacked manager Slaviša Jokanović and replaced him with former Chelsea and Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri in an attempt to change the team’s fortunes. The Italian masterminded Leicester’s improbable Premier League triumph in 2016.
Ranieri was harshly sacked by Leicester, following a disappointing start to the following campaign, and was given the herculean task of guiding fulham to survival. He started well, as he rejuvenated the team leading them to a couple of good results.
Fulham’s results began to dip again, however, and when they didn’t improve, he was let go. The club appointed coach Scott Parker as interim manager, but the team continued to under perform, losing their last 8 consecutive matches ahead of tonight’s must-win clash.
Fans have endured a torrid time and could be put out of their misery with a defeat. They are fed up and annoyed with the inconsistencies of the team but will be hoping to improve next season. Most likely, in the Championship looking for a premier league return.