Felix Magath is adamant he is the ONLY man who can lead Fulham back into the Premier League despite a poor start to the club’s Championship campaign.
Fulham were expected to be contenders for immediate promotion back to the top flight this season but results need to improve quickly if they are to challenge at the top of the table.
Magath understands the concerns of the Craven Cottage faithful but has moved to reassure them of his intention to correct the slump.
"It is a difficult situation, I can understand the fans who are afraid about the situation," he said.
"Last year we came down and now at the beginning we are down again near the bottom, so I can understand the fear of fans.
"Yeah, I am not happy about this but we have a new situation, we had to make a cut. It was necessary for this club to start again from the beginning and that is what I've done.
"I know I have a lot of young players and I know that is a problem. I have known that before and I live with this problem.
"But, please, I ask you to look at the situation, look not only at the results, look at what I have done for the club. It is not for me, it is here, for Fulham that I have taken six players out of the academy.
"Who from the former Fulham academy players plays for England? Or who was the last to have played for England? Please ask [the fans].
"Then please ask them which player from Fulham is playing in the Premier League? Please ask them.
"If you answer, then you can ask me 'what do you do?' I try to bring the players from the academy into the Premier League and that is a long way.
"I am ready to do it and I am the right man for this. No-one else, I am the only one. Not the special one, I'm the only one."
Kenwyne Jones’ second-half strike denied Fulham their first three points of the season today after Tim Hoogland had opened the scoring in an excellent first-half Whites display.
“We had chances to make more goals but it happens all the time that if you are playing very well but not scoring it’s often that you concede a goal,” he added.
“After that Cardiff stepped back and defended very well. It is a pity when you play so well in the first half and you get only one point.
“But we showed everybody that we are developing. We took control of the game against a very good team and one of the favourites for the Championship.”