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February 15, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Fulham’s coaching hire isn’t expected to affect Clint Dempsey’s loan

Fulham of the English Premier League announced Friday that it has hired Felix Magath as head coach, replacing René Meulensteen. That is relevant, of course, because Sounders FC’s Clint Dempsey is currently on loan with the Cottagers until the end of the month.

So will the coaching change affect the agreement and perhaps lead to an early return?

“No, it doesn’t affect it at all,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “You don’t know how Felix Magath is going to approach it in his period of time right now with the team. It’s what was agreed to, so you sort of let it sit unless there is something that comes to the forefront that should change it.”

Fulham currently sits last in the Premier League, so all points are valuable. The team has one game remaining during the span of Dempsey’s loan, an away game Feb. 22 against West Brom — a big one in the relegation battle.

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