‘I promise players in and better efforts from this squad’: Fulham chief Tony Khan apologises to fans on Twitter after dreadful home defeat by Aston Villa as Scott Parker insists he needs to add players to his squad
Khan watched manager Scott Parker lead his side to their third successive defeat since their promotion before taking to Twitter to reveal his struggle to bring in players to boost Fulham’s frail defence.
The businessman said: ‘I apologise to Fulham supporters for our performance tonight.
Fulham owner Tony Khan has issued an apology on Twitter after the club’s latest heavy defeat
The 3-0 drubbing at home to Aston Villa caused Khan to issue an apology via his social media
Khan continued to apologise and pledged that the playing squad would enhance their efforts
‘We’ve looked to add centre-backs since [winning promotion at] Wembley. I’m sorry we haven’t yet as two got COVID-19 and we lost a free we thought was close and had another issue with a fourth.
‘I promise players in and better efforts from this squad. I should and will apologise repeatedly for that performance.
‘I’m sorry, everybody. We all need to do a better job. Everyone at the club for the past year worked really hard to get the team up and now we need to work significantly harder to stay up. I promise better efforts than today.’
The Cottagers have conceded 10 goals in three Premier League matches this season, losing 3-0 at home to Arsenal on the opening day before Leeds again exposed their defensive shortcomings in a 4-3 thriller.
Fulham are bottom of the Premier League on goal difference after the 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa
Goals by Jack Grealish and Conor Hourihane left them with a mountain to climb after just 15 minutes in their latest ominous defeat, with Tyrone Mings all but ending the contest just after half-time.
Boss Parker said he had not been aware of the details of Khan’s failed attempts to bolster his options.
The rookie coach admitted: ‘I wouldn’t know. I honestly wouldn’t know. I think the people in the places to be at this football club make them decisions.
‘I’ve highlighted where I think we need to improve. I’ve highlighted that straight after Wembley. Not just defenders, just where we need to improve in this team.
Boss Scott Parker and Khan have been keen to improve their options since winning promotion
‘I think in terms of defending we weren’t good enough tonight and we’ve not been good enough for the first three games this season.
‘I think we all know we need to address that. It was an area we’ve certainly brought up and it’s an area that everyone at the football club hopefully can see as well, to be fair.
‘I thought we played very, very well for large parts, but the first time they came into our box they scored, and the second time they scored another goal and you just can’t give up goals like we have and expect to win games in this division.
‘I think you see that at the other end for them. We got up to their goal pretty well but they defended it.’
Fulham boss Parker (right) admitted he had not been fully aware of Khan’s recruitment travails