MX23RW : Saturday, September 18 09:29:50| >> :600:92945:92945:
Feb 27, 2019 at 7.45pm UK at St Mary's Stadium
Attendance: 27,597
Romeu (23'), Ward-Prowse (40')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Fulham manager Ranieri does not know if his job is under threat

Fulham manager Ranieri does not know if his job is under threat
© Reuters
The struggling Cottagers are 10 points adrift of safety.

Claudio Ranieri does not know if his job is under threat after a damaging 2-0 defeat at Southampton pushed Fulham closer to Premier League relegation.

The Cottagers slipped a perilous 10 points adrift of safety at St Mary's, with under-pressure manager Ranieri subject to protests from the travelling fans.

First-half goals from Saints duo Oriol Romeu and James Ward-Prowse inflicted the London club's seventh defeat from eight top-flight games.

Asked about his future, Ranieri replied: "My job? I don't know. Ask the owner."

Chants of 'You don't know what you're doing' greeted Ranieri's second-half substitutions, while a banner containing the words: 'Risk free? Are you watching Tony Khan?' was unfurled in reference to comments made by the club's vice-chairman following the Italian's appointment in November.

Ranieri, who said he may speak to Fulham owner Shahid Khan on Thursday, insisted he will continue to fight for an unlikely great escape with 10 games remaining.

"Something could happen. If you don't believe, it's done," he said.

"You have to believe. You have to fight. If you don't fight, already you've lost.

"Always in my career, I'm used to work hard. I know it's very difficult but until mathematically it's impossible we continue to fight."

Second-bottom Fulham were comfortably second best on the south coast and, aside from Ryan Babel rattling the crossbar late on, offered little response to their two-goal deficit.

Despite the performance and result, Ranieri was adamant his players gave 100 per cent effort.

"The disappointment is very, very high because every time the opponent shoot at goal they scored a goal. It's unbelievable. This season many times it happened and also tonight," he added.

"I think when this happens, the confidence goes down.

"We tried to do our best but that's it, the maximum my players can do."

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl hailed the victory as a big step towards safety after his side climbed out of the bottom three by ending a four-game winless run.

With Fulham and bottom club Huddersfield cut adrift, the Austrian believes his team are now competing to avoid the other relegation place.

"If you're under the line then you're gone so it's about this one position and I think it's a battle between five or six clubs," he said.

"We are one of them and, at the moment, we are over the line and it's important for the mentality factor because we know the next two games (Manchester United and Tottenham) it's not so easy to take points.

"I was speaking before the game how important this is for the whole club and I think we felt a special atmosphere in the stadium, it was fantastic supporting from the first minute on.

"It was a win for the whole club, I think it was a big step for us – only one, but a very important one."

ga('create', 'UA-72310761-1', 'auto', {'name': 'pacontentapi'});
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'referrer', location.origin);
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension1', 'By Ed Elliot, Press Association Sport');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension2', '3ff547bc-9144-40c4-afd6-9c716c13a041');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension3', 'paservice:sport,paservice:sport:club-news,paservice:sport:football,paservice:sport:match-reports');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension6', 'story');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension7', 'composite');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension8', null);
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension9', 'sport:football');
ga('pacontentapi.send', 'pageview', { 'location': location.href, 'page': (location.pathname + + location.hash), 'title': 'Fulham manager Ranieri does not know if his job is under threat'});

ID:351766: cacheID:351766:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:restore:5516:
Restore Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp watches on during the Champions League clash with Bayern Munich on February 19, 2019
Read Next:
6 classic Merseyside derbies
Read more about Claudio Ranieri Football

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
Premier League
Scottish Premiership
La Liga
Serie A
Ligue 1
Primeira Liga
League One
League Two
National League
Scottish Championship
Scottish League One
Scottish League Two
Turkish Super Lig
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Russian Premier League
Ukrainian Premier League
Norwegian Eliteserien
Swedish Allsvenskan
Finnish Veikkausliiga
NIFL Premiership
League of Ireland Premier
Welsh Premier League
Belarusian Premier League
Segunda Division
Serie B
Ligue 2
Major League Soccer
Copa Diego Maradona
Uruguayan Primera Division
Liga MX
J1 League
Premier League 2 - Div 1
3West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom7430136715
4Coventry CityCoventry750285315
5Stoke CityStoke7421108214
6Huddersfield TownHuddersfield7412139413
7Queens Park RangersQPR73311510512
8Blackburn RoversBlackburn7331118312
9Cardiff CityCardiff7322118311
10Birmingham CityBirmingham7322107311
11Bristol City72328809
13Luton TownLuton7232911-29
14Preston North EndPreston7223810-28
16Derby CountyDerby714246-27
19Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd7133911-26
20Swansea CitySwansea713348-46
21Hull City712449-55
23Peterborough UnitedPeterborough7115717-104
24Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest7016512-71

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!