Vital Football

Latest Fulham FC News

Cookie speaks again!

Cookie speaks again!

After suffering "The worst day of my football career,' after his team scrapped through to safety on the last day of the season, Chris Coleman has again spoken about our plight.

This weekend as we all know is one of the most important in Fulham`s recent history.
Since the end of January, our super whites looked doomed and Coleman hopes the struggle will spark more realistic expectations at Craven Cottage.

'This could turn out to be a blessing in disguise,' said the 37-year-old Welshman, sacked by Fayed 13 months ago. 'It will sober up those people who think they should be a top 10 club. They don't have 40,000 supporters; they don't have a top 10 budget. Why should they be top 10?

'Fulham are a great little club but that's what they are, a great little club. I hope they stay up and I hope they stop being unrealistic. If that happens they can be Premier League for a long time to come. When people get unrealistic, that's when the wheels come off.'

When Al Fayed took over the club he promised us he would turn Fulham into the Manchester United of the south. However this statement, as Cookie revealed, will haunt any who takes over the job at the Cottage. When the club were safely in mid-table, everyone wanted more.

'It was all thrown at me,' said Coleman. 'We want more exciting football, you're only playing with one striker, and you`re not winning away from home. But the players and staff are not daft, they know deep down where the club should be. At the start of each season, they know it is going to be a struggle, another hard season, but they know the club will be alright it if they stick together.'

Our recent turn around has been largely credited to the return of Brian McBride and Jimmy Bullard after injuries.

'It's not a coincidence,' agreed Coleman. 'They're two great players and two great leaders. Brian is the consummate professional. He's a great target man, he scores goals and will give you blood, sweat and tears every time he pulls his jersey on.

'Jimmy is loud and confident, getting into everyone's ear in the dressing room. He plays with a smile on his face. On top of that he has quality. I wouldn't want to heap blame on him but I might still be there if he wasn't injured. We played a style to suit Jimmy. We had great legs in midfield with Michael Brown and Papa Bouba Diop. We missed his invention. He suffered and I suffered.'

The "should we have sacked Cookie?" will never disappear till we find some success. I think Hodgson will bring that success. When it will come depends on this Sunday; win and we will see something in the next two years! Mark my words!

Your views please!

Writer:orange_emu
Date:Thursday May 8 2008
Time: 10:55PM

Comments

0
He's hit the nail on the head - little club!
merlin
09/05/2008 06:36:00
0
Thats all i ever wanted. a mid table position with a fa cup semi fianl every 5 years
Backslash2010
09/05/2008 12:11:00
0
Strong, but true words!
Fan of Blues
09/05/2008 14:14:00
0
Merlin, you left out great - great little club! ;p
Fan of Blues
09/05/2008 14:14:00
0
I'd settle for a season without a relegation fight at the moment!
Putney
09/05/2008 16:38:00
0
you'll need to stay up first!
merlin
09/05/2008 19:05:00
0
Coleman is still very, very bitter - perhaps rightly so - and it shows in every statement he makes. It's all getting a bit undignified. If he has gripes with Fayed he must take them up with Fayed, not by dissing the club at every opportunity.
KingLegwinski
10/05/2008 00:51:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Fulham Articles

Whose Your Clubs' Lucky Scoring Omen?

Some clubs in the Premier League just seem to have a player with lady luck on their side and when they score in a game, that match always returns at least a point.

Fulham - Cairney Makes Scotland Debut

Last night, north of the border, one of the stars of our season made his international debut.

Championship Cost Per Goal So Far In 2016/17

The end of the Championship campaign of 2016/17 is only a month and a bit away from fans across the country but as we go in to the remaining weeks of the campaign...

Premier League Confirm 2017/18 Fixture Release Date

The Premier League have now confirmed the date on which the fixtures for the campaign of 2017/18 will be released.

Archived Vital Fulham Articles

Vital Fulham articles from

Site Journalists

Andrew Joyce
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MOTM v Wolves (h)?
Suggested By: putney
Button1%
Fredericks33%
Kalas0%
Ream0%
Sessegnon0%
McDonald0%
Johansen0%
Aluko33%
Cairney0%
Kebano0%
Ayite0%
Cyriac0%
Odoi33%
Malone0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 38 24 6 8 78 38
2 Brighton 38 23 8 7 77 30
3 Huddersfield 37 22 5 10 71 4
4 Leeds Utd 38 21 6 11 69 16
5 Reading 38 20 7 11 67 2
6 Sheff Wed 38 18 8 12 62 9
7 Fulham 38 16 13 9 61 19
8 Norwich 38 16 9 13 57 9
9 Preston 38 15 12 11 57 6
10 Derby County 38 14 11 13 53 3
11 Barnsley 38 14 9 15 51 0
12 Aston Villa 38 13 12 13 51 0
13 Cardiff 38 14 9 15 51 -1
14 Brentford 38 14 8 16 50 3
15 Q.P.R. 38 14 8 16 50 -5
16 Wolves 37 12 9 16 45 -2
17 Ipswich 38 10 15 13 45 -9
18 Birmingham 38 11 12 15 45 -16
19 Bristol City 38 11 8 19 41 -3
20 Forest 38 11 8 19 41 -11
21 Burton 38 10 11 17 41 -14
22 Blackburn 38 9 13 16 40 -11
23 Wigan 38 8 10 20 34 -13
24 Rotherham 38 4 5 29 17 -54
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Fulham Results (view all)

Fulham Fixtures (view all)

Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Rotherham United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 4 2017 7:45PM : Derby County (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 8 2017 3:00PM : Ipswich Town (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 14 2017 3:00PM : Norwich City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 17 2017 2:45PM : Aston Villa (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 22 2017 3:00PM : Huddersfield Town (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Write for Vital Football