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Brede Hangeland bemoans unrecognisable Fulham after 'terrible' campaign

Skipper says warning signs were there before this season

Fronting up: Brede Hangeland says Fulham's team has changed drastically

Brede Hangeland admits the writing was on the wall for Fulham's relegation from the Premier League.

The Whites captain is the sole survivor from the side that went all the way to the Europa League final under Roy Hodgson in 2010.

Fulham have flirted with the drop for the past couple of seasons, and Hangeland has offered a brutal assessment of a 'terrible' campaign.

He said: “It’s about four years ago since I played in a European Cup final and, if I’m honest, I don’t recognise anything from what we did back then, which was probably the best Fulham team of all time.

Happier memories: Hangeland was part of the Fulham side that reached the Europa League final in 2010

“It’s changed drastically; I’m the only player left, the style of play and how we did things. It worked really well for us then and I don’t really know why we changed away from that.

“I think we had a really good style of play, work ethic and right values, and I don’t see much of that at the moment, unfortunately."

Fulham's relegation to the Championship was confirmed on Saturday following a heavy defeat at Stoke, coupled with Sunderland's shock win at Manchester United.

Hangeland, who still has a year remaining on his contract, admits the Cottagers have been on a downward spiral for some time.

“It’s very sad," he added. "It’s been a terrible, terrible season and has ended in the worst possible way. It’s definitely the lowest point of my football career.

"If I’m honest I had fears ahead of this season. There’s been some warning signs that we are moving in the wrong direction, but unfortunately we couldn’t avoid relegation.

“There’s many things that have gone wrong. The players haven’t performed as well as we should have. There’s been a few mistakes around the place in the last few years and we’ve paid the price for that.

“It’s not for me to point fingers. Everyone associated with the club, I’ll be the first to hold my hands up that we haven’t done a good enough job."

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