Fulham saw their chances of Premier League survival suffer another blow on Friday night when they went down 3-1 to West Ham United at the London Stadium, and after the contest angry fans demanded the removal of an important man.
The Cottagers headed across the capital eight points adrift of safety, but things looked brighter for them when Ryan Babel fired them in front against the Hammers, just three minutes into the match.
Fulham continued to play some nice stuff in the early stages of the encounter but couldn’t find a second goal, and were made to pay for that.
If things were not bad enough for the Cottagers, they got even worse on the half hour when West Ham levelled through a controversial goal when Javier Hernandez scored with his hand, which wasn’t seen by the referee.
Claudio Ranieri’s men conceded a second as half time approached, and then the game was beyond Fulham when Michail Antonio made it 3-1 just before the final whistle.
The former Chelsea and Leicester City manager only took over in the hot seat at Craven Cottage in November, but the 67-year-old has failed to pull the Cottagers out of trouble, and even though they still have 11 matches left, the writing looks on the wall for them as far as staying up is concerned, and their supporters appear to have had enough.
Ranieri has struggled to win over the Fulham faithful, with his questionable treatment of popular players such as Ryan Sessegnon, and with results not really improving in his tenure in West London, the relationship between the Italian and fans is becoming ever more strained.
Many Cottagers supporters took to social media after the defeat to West Ham to voice their frustrations with the manager, with plenty demanding that he leaves as soon as possible.
Here are some of their posts:
— James Hingle (@Jingle1991) February 23, 2019
#FFC are so bad the result tonight felt inevitable rather than disappointing. Ranieri continues to shuffle the deckchairs on the titanic in the most baffling way possible. He can't be sacked soon enough. The Olympic Stadium a soulless vessel for corporate football.
Roll on Saints pic.twitter.com/lb2vIYNJ77
— Jonny Smith (@JSmithy64) February 22, 2019
Never felt such apathy towards a Fulham team before. Leave, stay, do whatever Ranieri… #ffc
— Fulham Socialist (@FulhamSocialist) February 22, 2019
— Richard Kaufman (@KaufmanRichard) February 22, 2019
Ranieri’s team selections, tactics, subs and interviews are some of the most baffling and frustrating I’ve seen as a Fulham fan.
The club needs a fresh start now to build for next season.
— Matt Pettit #StopTheGreed (@themattpettit) February 22, 2019
— Mitch Sloan (@JustMitchS) February 22, 2019
Plan for next season. Claudio Ranieri will not be within our technical area after the current debacle finally dies and a contingency for the Championship is very necessary. It’s written on the walls, Fulham have no credible reason to keep the outfought Italian in employment. #ffc
— Cameron Ramsey (@94CAMRAM) February 22, 2019
— Juzzy (@SaffaJussy) February 22, 2019
Ranieri just get out of my club. What on earth have you done to Sess #FFC
— PK (@fulham1000) February 22, 2019
Get rid of the dinosaur Ranieri, Parker anybody to see us through #FFC
— Pete Burrows (@PeterBurrows5) February 22, 2019