Vital Football

Latest Fulham FC News

Fulham - Life After Roy?

Fulham - Life After Roy?

Many a Fulham fan was delighted to hear that Roy Hodgson, the man who has guided us to the heights of European football, signed a new contract a week or so back.

I'm sure, though, that I wasn't the only one who was slightly concerned when the specific details of his deal were announced. I would say a 12 month deal is slightly 'short-term', but, I didn't expect any more from a man who is reaching the end of a long and illustrious career.

The fact it is a rolling deal can be seen either negatively or positively, however. It could mean the shortness of the deal is irrelevant, as he will re-sign as soon as it is over.

But, it could also mean that he has a way out, with the likes of even the English National Team knocking on his gold-plated door. And, with that thought in mind, I think we need to consider life at Fulham, after the great man has left.

That fact saddens me unfortunately, as his experience, tactical-nous and transfer knowledge are not rivaled by any manager that springs to mind. With Roy we've had stability.

He's built a strong squad out of players that, in all fairness, you wouldn't really have considered to be top 10 Premier League material over 12 months ago.

He has brought this club something that it has been calling for ever since we achieved the top flight status again in 2001, and I really can't see us continuing it after he has gone.

The bigger he makes us now though, the better the manager we can attract once he has gone, supposedly.

On that basis, who, if anyone, do you think could continue his legacy after he has gone?


Bookmark and Share



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:KBFulham
Date:Thursday January 7 2010
Time: 8:18PM

Comments

0
The success he's had with limited funds is amazing. If you just want to grind it out and stay in the top flight, someone like Allardyce or Megson would do. If you want to continue to finish in the top half of the table, it'll take someone really special. If Roy does leave in the near future, hopefully he can play a role in selecting his successor. I think I'd trust his decision.
Teddy_KGB
07/01/2010 20:40:00
0
That last part is a very nice thought. I would trust that man's choice any day!
KBFulham
07/01/2010 20:45:00
0
it's a good idea... i did really respect sparky and what he did at blackburn... he's currently jobless, but i would hate having bellamy on the team...
woodysweats
07/01/2010 21:09:00
0
Who knows...maybe by the time Roy departs...someone like Shearer will be proven...
KBFulham
07/01/2010 22:31:00
0
Shearer???? What? Exactly what we don't need. Some bloke who was good at football, but has no football brain. Read 'Why England Lose: and Other Curious Football Phenomena Explained'. It explains why clubs go for managers like Shearer and lose games and money, and why very few clubs go for the type of manager they actually need - a Roy or Wenger. I think Danny Murphy might be the person - but only once he has spent a few years as one of Roy's understudies.
Lamby
08/01/2010 10:04:00
0
I was suggesting that by the time Roy departs, young coaches LIKE Shearer may well have proven their worth. I wasn't actually claiming Shearer was the man for the job...
KBFulham
08/01/2010 13:21:00
0
that's exactly why i think sparky would be a better choice... he's proven himself in a way with blackburn, and i don't think he was ever given a fair shot at man city... he was never going to be liked over a "world beater" like mancini...
woodysweats
08/01/2010 18:03:00
0
I agree with lamby would be nice to murphy work along side roy
truth sayer ffc
08/01/2010 20:25:00
0
Danny Murphy under the supervison of Roy would be brilliant! Or Mark hughes or finally Paul Ince!!!!!
Leonestar
09/01/2010 02:11:00
0
Murphy is an amazing thought. I can imagine him organising the team well and based on his footballing career, he will have a pretty extensive footballing knowledge. Would he take up the Fulham job though?
KBFulham
09/01/2010 14:05:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Recent Fulham Articles

Rotherham v Fulham - Match Officials

The recent loss, in our last Championship game, to Wolverhampton Wanders, did our promotion chances harm.

EFL Cup To Fast Track Video Assistance?

It's been reported this week that the Football Association could now fast track video assistant referee help for match day officials in the League Cup.

Martin Still Hankers for Derby Return

Once his loan spell concludes.

Woodrow Nets for England U21`s

He may not be with us, at the moment, but Cauley Woodrow is still in our thoughts.

Archived Vital Fulham Articles

Vital Fulham articles from

Site Journalists

Andrew Joyce
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Rotherham v Fulham?
Suggested By: putney
Rotherham to Win!0%
Fulham to Win!0%
Draw!0%
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
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

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
The Vital Football Members League