Wednesday 21 August 2019

Shahid Khan apologises to Fulham fans after 'letting them down'

Fulham chairman Shahid Khan (Simon Cooper/PA Images).
Fulham chairman Shahid Khan (Simon Cooper/PA Images). Newsdesk Newsdesk

Fulham owner Shahid Khan has apologised to the club's fans following their relegation from the Premier League.

The Cottagers' season of struggle following promotion from the Championship reached its inevitable conclusion with Tuesday's 4-1 defeat at Watford.

In a statement on the club website, Khan said: "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.

"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."

Fulham's fate was sealed with five fixtures remaining following nine successive defeats.

The west London club, who spent more than £100million on players last summer, are under the caretaker charge of former player Scott Parker having sacked Slavisa Jokanovic and Claudio Ranieri this term.

Khan added: "In the weeks ahead we will communicate further as to our vision for the future, which includes the latest progress on the Riverside Stand project that will underline my investment in your beloved club.

"I recognise that may not be of consolation today, but I offer it nonetheless to assure you of my total commitment to Fulham Football Club.

"Thank you for your faith, endurance and support."

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