Fulham fans were rocked by the news that Craig Kline, the club’s assistant director of football operations, had been relieved from his position on Tuesday after a suspected row over recruitment at Motspur Park.
It’s now emerged that an alleged feud took place, which even lead the statistician to summon the police to his aid after being notified of his dismissal – according to a report published by The Telegraph.
It is believed that Kline played a major part in the Whites’ transfer dealings, making his final verdict on players by analysing their performance data at their former clubs. Although there is no doubt that Kline was influential in bringing numerous players to Fulham, it’s still unclear exactly whom the number-crunching statto actually welcomed to Fulham and how defining his role was.
The supposed figurehead behind Kline’s sacking is Fulham owner Shahid Khan, father of vice-chairman Tony Khan, who had formally backed Kline’s standing in the club’s hierarchy. Since being rendered surplus to requirement, a Twitter account which is suspected to be the American citizen posted a series of damning tweets on Wednesday regarding the hostility he received from a number of club officials and senior figures. The allegations within the tweets were of a serious nature and have subsequently been deleted. The screenshots however can be found here.
An account claiming to be Craig Kline tweeted this earlier today 😮 pic.twitter.com/2nzRIIXzMH
— Fulhamish Podcast 🎙 (@FulhamishPod) November 1, 2017
With Fulham presently enduring turbulent times on the pitch, it appears that there’s certainly a hefty dose of insecurity surrounding the club off the turf behind the scenes, too. After the revelation of Kline’s alleged sacking came to prominence, we asked fans via Twitter to offer their opinion on the pressing, somewhat incriminating matter. From what was given by those who replied, perhaps ‘Slav’s’ head will be next on the chopping block at the Cottage?
Disappointing as Slav will go soon as well. No need to lose Kline
— RS⁵ (@ffc_luke) 31 October 2017
Next step, Slav manager rather than Head Coach. Will give the backing he needs to either succeed or fall on his own sword with no excuses.
— AF (@AdamFarquharson) 31 October 2017
I don’t know just why people are celebrating Kline’s departure – we simply don’t know how many of our key men were his signings. #FFC
— Jack J Collins (@jackjcollins) October 31, 2017
The divide in opinion was soon restored to the feed, however, with some strong statements in relation to the summer transfer window especially…
pleased he has gone,I feel he is to blame for the mediocre players that were signed in the summer
— W4Mo (@MJamblin) 31 October 2017
Finally goodbye 👋👋👋
— Karl Kent (@kkent399) 31 October 2017
Great news – now let our manager get on and do his job, build his team with his players, and let’s get promoted
— Mickster (@mcbk70) 31 October 2017
It’s an admission our summer transfer business wasn’t a success. Hopefully we can look forward to a better striker in January.
— james watson (@jamesnwatson) 31 October 2017
Such a good treat on Halloween! We don’t need unrest behind the scenes.
— Ben Walbrun (@Bubbs861) 1 November 2017
Hard to know impact. SJ is still man for job. We all need to hold our nerve and let the management make adjustments for long term success.
— Jason Atkins (@JWA_73) 1 November 2017
Kline is a buttfuck
— 😈 (@cormac_power5) 31 October 2017
think Kline has done us some good business, make or break time for Slavisa in the transfer window.
— Houdini. (@LiamToddHarry) 31 October 2017
There seems to have been a power struggle and Slav has come out on top… but for how long? Prefer to have low point in season now, rather than in Spring – still time to turn it round
— Anthea Evans (@AntheaEvans1) 31 October 2017
I reckon it doesn’t mean anything more than Tony Khan is more hands-on in Kline’s role as well.
— Mike Siragusa (@FFCJag) 31 October 2017
I honestly don’t know if it’s ture or not because it’s Halloween they probably playing a trick on ua
— Camstutz (@camstutely) 31 October 2017
Didn’t really know much about him or what his role within the club was. Not sure if there will be any noticeable difference at all.
— Norwood’s Barnet (@FFC_1996) 31 October 2017
Since joining Fulham in October 2014, it’s said that Kline has been instructed on a number of occasions to leave the training facility and only to return after serving a ‘cooling-off’ period. However this time, after allegedly enlightening the authorities on a picnic bench of his grievances, Khan’s university pal will not be returning to Motspur anytime soon. The police have not commented on the issue and if it is to escalate any further it’s believed that Fulham will seek legal action.
For more reaction to Craig Kline’s departure from Fulham, make sure you listen to the latest extra episode of Fulhamish Podcast.