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Alan Curbishley, Ray Wilkins forced out at Fulham...but Meulensteen's still under contract

Alan Curbishley and Ray Wilkins have left Fulham with immediate effect - but Rene Meulensteen still remains under contract.

It has been a whirlwind few days at Craven Cottage, with Friday's shock appointment of Felix Magath as first-team manager resulting in Meulensteen's spell at the helm ending after just 75 days.

The deposed head coach claimed on radio that chief executive Alistair Mackintosh had told him that he had been "released", although it's understood he has not left the west Londoners completely.

However, the same cannot be said for first-team technical director Curbishley and assistant manager Wilkins, who are understood to have left the club following talks with Magath.

Curbishley, 56, was brought in to work alongside Meulensteen on Christmas Eve, while 57-year-old Wilkins joined the coaching staff on December 30.

While those two are leaving the club, the future of Meulensteen remains uncertain and Magath will no doubt face further questions this week about the Dutchman's role as Fulham prepare for Saturday's trip to fellow strugglers West Brom.

Following the sacking of Martin Jol after a poor run of form, former Manchester United coach Meulensteen - appointed head coach under his compatriot just weeks earlier - took control of first-team duties on December 1.

Speaking to Fulham TV over the weekend in his first interview since taking up the reins, Magath would not be drawn on the future of Meulensteen, preferring instead to focus on his belief that bottom-placed Fulham can beat the drop.

''We signed last Friday night, so the time is too short to make up our mind about this stuff,'' he said.

''I have only time now to work with the players and prepare the team for the most important game next Saturday. We will talk about the stuff afterwards.''

The experienced German expressed his confidence of keeping the club in the top flight despite their precarious position.

''Yeah, I am sure I can [keep Fulham up] because I have done it sometimes before in Germany,'' Magath said.

''I have taken over 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 Bromwich.

''If the players, the staff and fans will support us 100 per cent and the players give 100 per cent in the next days, I am sure we have the potential to avoid relegation.''

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