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Fulham - Just Like Pompey?

With our safety secured the age old debate about where we see ourselves going over the next eighteen months can be started.

With it being commonly accepted that the top four of Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool are in a league of their own, it`s probably safe to say that we`ll not be aiming that high.

Indeed, although Al Fayed is a wealthy man, we seriously doubt whether he`d be prepared to throw into Fulham Football Club the kind of cash a certain Kevin Keegan has intimated would be needed to break the stranglehold the top four have on English. Therefore, it`s kind of interesting to perceive in which direction Roy intends to steer the club.

Perhaps a pointer can be found in the quotes Roy recently gave to the press reating to Portsmouth Football Club whereby he remarked,

"Portsmouth have some very good players."

""They`ve spent money wisely. Harry, with his authority and his great status within the game is a magnet for certain players." He`s put together a very good team and in that respect I`m quite jealous."

"I don`t think I can use Portsmouth as a blue print. Every club is different in terms of its budgets and the type of people it can attract. Your location can also affect things here."

"What I will say is that Harry has had time to put his team together, and he`s put it together very wisely and it`s paid dividends. They`ve had a marvellous season in the league and now they are in the Cup Final. All congratulations to him and certainly we`d like to think that given time we could put a team together that fits our way of thinking and our way of playing."


Well, I suppose they are something of a role model after reaching the FA Cup Final and achieving their highest Premier League position ever.

However, I can`t help thinking that the fact we`re located in West London may give us the edge when it comes to persuading players to move to England, or has the south coast got an enticement factor all of it`s own.

Your thoughts please!




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Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 14 2008

Time: 4:26PM

Your Comments

Harry is our enticement factor. Oh, and the promise of new training facilities (but I won't mention the prospect of a new ground).
UKTony
I can see the similarity - both of you have tatty grounds!
merlin
Putney, speaking personally i used to think the similarities with our clubs were that like fulham we were a club not at ease with itself and with an intense rivalry with a much richer neighbour. Now for the first time in the 30 plus years since i have been supporting pompey we are still a sell to buy club but we are seen as a club on the up as opposed to the usual uppers. I think the difference is for the time being from the pompey chairman to manager to kitman the club has a feeling of stability, security and confidence and it shows. I have a soft spot for fulham and i worked with on the aborted development of your stadium and with respect fulham did not and still does not give the impression of a confident club. On top of this pompey are not now just a retirment home for has beens and players feel that playing for pompey is not a barrier to their international hopes. That is why we are able to attract players..... now if only we had a semi decent training ground and stadium.
russellm
our training ground will come russelm. not so sure about a stadium, but we live and hope. You have a better squad now than when we escaped relegation - admitidly not by much - but still better. so you also have a higher base to start building from. There IS a charm about the southcoast - just get harry redknapp talking about sandbanks (or sulley muntari), we are close to london, and the south downs area is also a pretty nice place to live. the only problem you have in following our footsteps (well, 2) is that: 1) we have been very lucky, with signings, and the FA cup, and last season (not so much this season).2) when we improved so much, west ham looked dead and buried, newcastle and man city were nowhere, and aston villa were mid table at best. now you are competing with all of them, so getting a top-10 finish will be all but impossible for a club that has only just escaped relegation.
pompeycarpet
We attract players thanks to Mo Fayed giving every player a store card and discount for Harrords, this is a great pull for the wags and ultimately they have the final say in things as sad as it is.
howrad
a Harrods store card - wow!
merlin
Plus we now have Roy Hodgson! A manager with respect across europe!
oranje_emu
lets hope he's kept those contacts with inter
howrad
We'll take it as a compliment but I can't see it really.
storagematt
Only putting off the inevitable this year, hodgeson will be gone by xmas and the club by march.
C T E
C T E - When did we ever listen to or want your opinion?
Putney
I have to say CTE that as much as I dislike Fulham, they have done remarkably well to stay up this season, and IMO will be a safe mid table next.
Dean1
 

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