Writer: Andrew Joyce
Date:Friday February 12 2010
Or do you crave more?
Sat watching recent developments unfold, most notably Portsmouth struggling for survival and Notts County realising that the promises of mega-spending was just another false dawn, I can`t help but admire the way our club goes about its business.
Okay, some of our support may be a little frustrated that we`re not spending millions and pushing for those elusive Champions League spots but is that what they really want. Do they crave instant success over long term stability?
Roy Hodgson is a sophisticated and switched on gentleman and he`s only too aware that managing this football club of ours requires a balancing act whereby the urge to improve has to be matched against being prudent with the books.
Thinking back since Mr Al Fayed took over, we`ve come an extraordinarily long way, we should be sat in our seats thinking ourselves lucky that we watch top flight football, and compete with most, on a regular basis.
If you doubt those words then take a few minutes t reflect on what the consequences might have been if Danny Murphy hadn`t of netted down at Fratton Park on that May day not too long ago.
Therefore, and you make not agree with my stance, but I`m glad Roy Hodgson has come out with something akin to a verbal blast ahead of our FA Cup fixture with one of those two teams I mentioned earlier on, Notts County.
This is what Roy had to say,
'We were lucky - we had a sugar daddy, a man who was prepared to come in and put money into the club and help us."
'But in recent years, certainly while I've been here, we've tried to run the club sensibly as a business."
'We are greatly indebted to Mohamed Al Fayed for all the money he has put in and the support he has given us but occasionally now you see letters from fans saying he should invest more and throw more money in and I can't believe the ingratitude."
'There we were a few years ago just about to go out of the Football League, here we are stable in the Premier League. I'd hate to see this club going the way some clubs have gone recently.'
And with those words, Roy has hit the nail firmly on the head, or are you one of the dissenters, here at Vital Fulham we`d like to know your views on this subject.
Date:Friday February 12 2010
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