Fulham - Hodgson Fears For His Job!
Roy Hodgson fears that qualification for Europe next season could be the first step up the ladder towards him being sacked as Fulham manager!
The experienced manager feels that such an achievement would then raise expectations, and if this happened should Fulham not achieve the same next season this would be classed as failure.
As it is Hodgson feels that qualifying for the UEFA Europa League would see Fulham over-achieving, but most wouldn't view it that way and if similar success wasn't achieved again: 'I should be anti things like qualifying for Europe because if you over-achieve people don't accept it's an over-achievement,' Hodgson told the media. 'At Blackburn I took over a team that had survived by one point in the Premiership and, with exactly the same players, I took them to a European spot.
'It succeeded in getting me the sack because expectations rose enormously and, when we weren't in the top six the next year, they decided to get someone else in.'
It seems to be a case of once bitten twice shy for Hodgson, but would this really be the case with him at Fulham as well if this happened. Maybe this is just the way football works these days.
Do you think that expectations would rise to unrealistic proportions should Fulham make it into Europe next season, or is Roy Hodgson worrying unnecessarily?