Dutchman lasts just 74 days in the job after succeeding Martin Jol and leaves the new man with the task of saving the rock-bottom Cottagers from relegation.

Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen has been sacked after just two months in charge of the Premier League's bottom club and replaced with Felix Magath.

Meulensteen was appointed in early December after the Cottagers fired manager Martin Jol but delivered only three wins as the club slid into the top-flight's cellar.

They were also knocked out of the FA Cup by third-tier strugglers Sheffield United, at home.

Magath, 60, is a former West Germany international who has been in management since the mid-1990s, most recently with Wolfsburg, who he left by mutual consent in October 2012.

While Meulensteen had the job title of head coach, Magath will be first-team manager.

A key lieutenant of Sir Alex Ferguson's at Manchester United, Dutchman Meulensteen has been in similar circumstances before.

He was promoted to coach of Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala after Guus Hiddink left last year, but was then sacked after just SIXTEEN days.

US-based tycoon Shahid Khan, who bought Fulham from Mohamed Al Fayed last summer, also has former Charlton and West Ham boss Alan Curbishley on board as technical director and Ray Wilkins - who managed Fulham himself in the 1990s - as assistant head coach.

The move comes just a fortnight after the closing of the January transfer window, in which Meulensteen was allowed to sign SIX players.

Fulham broke their club transfer record to nab Greece striker Kostas Mitroglou from Olympiacos, and also landed defender Johnny Heitinga and Manchester United youngsters Ryan Tunnicliffe and Larnell Cole and Everton.

Former Cottagers star Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Germany midfielder Lewis Holtby (Tottenham) and Denmark midfielder William Kvist (Stuttgart) were arrived on loan.