Fulham - What would Mo want?
Now, we have clearly established that Roy doesn't particularly want the Europa League to be part of our plans for next season. His reasons are fair, and make perfect sense, but what would our side's owner, Mohammed Al Fayed, prefer as a result of this seasons hard work. Surely, just surely, he would not want us to miss out on this.
When you look on the financial side of things, there aren't many reasons why Al Fayed would back Hodgson in wanting to steer clear of Europe. More games with more people attending means a substantially larger amount of funds coming in from gate receipts. More fans means more merchandise sales. And big clashes in the tournament itself could bring in some TV money. Why would Mohammed want to miss out on this?
And that is why I sit here quite bedazzled as to why Roy was allowed to make these comments. Obviously, Hodgson was just speaking his mind, but I can't see why our Egyptian owner would at all agree with the statement. I agree with Hodgson, don't get me wrong, but money means players, players mean improvement and improvement could mean a higher league finish yet again.
I thought seeing this argument from a different perspective may be quite interesting. Opinions please...