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Fulham - Glass Half Empty

However negative and cynical it may be, I have managed to turn the rather amazing prospect of a Europa League final into something really quite downbeat.

Speculation has been all but rife over the past few weeks of how, with our spectacular European run and solid Premier League campaign thus far, many a club is chasing the key men in our team, and most worryingly of all, the wisdom in charge of all this glory: Roy Hodgson.

By no means are their departures a forgone conclusion, but, if you were to map out the future without them, it's difficult to imagine such successes will repeat themselves any time in the not-so-distant future.

In all honesty, I have based this purely on a formula of Portsmouth and Middlesbrough, with Portsmouth being a more recent, but, slightly more extreme case of 'Not really as good as we were'.

Both teams lost their managers, and following that, began a downhill spiral which has resulted in Championship football.

In the case of Middlesbrough, it was of course Steve McLaren. While he never cut it at international level, there is no doubt that he is a top-drawer club manager.

He led his side to the equivalent final of the Europa League, and, consequently snapped up by his native country to uphold the post of England Manager.

It would seem like a case of deja vu then, if Roy were, as the press are suggesting, to be employed in the most prestigious role this country really has to offer.

It is no secret of what happened to Middlesbrough after the departure of McLaren.

While they didn't drop straight to the Championship, they suffered a slow and painful decline under the tutorship of Gareth Southgate, and I can only feel that that could happen to us sooner or later if Roy were to depart.

Roy's exit is of course not inevitable, yet, I know if I were a chairman, I would be throwing money, cars and property at him to have the man at my club. Or nation of course.

I just hope that when the sad day does come, that Roy will get a say in who takes the next seat in the dugout here in the Cottage.

Fingers crossed for Jose Mourinho? I think not.

Thoughts on my depressive outlook, please.




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Writer: Kristian Balkin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 5 2010

Time: 7:23PM

Your Comments

All good things come to an end.
Teddy_KGB
do they - Man United seem t have flourished under one gaffer for twenty odd years! Roy won't go!
Al Billy
while i don't think (sir) roy will have a prolonged tenure with us as fergie has had at man u, i can't rule it completely out... the middlesborough tale will have even more similarities if we turn the reigns over to danny murphy to play the former player turned manager role that southgate was in... but i don't see that happening either... we certainly lucked into a heck of a manager in roy, but it seems that al fayed did his homework when selecting the man... it was not a move that i remember reading about in the papers before hand... it all may end at some point, but i have faith in the club...
woodysweats
we must be proud to have what is proving to be roy's legacy and great managerial achievement, at Fulham. To be lorded like this in his native country must be a great buzz and he will certain wipe the Blackburn experience off his CV if we win on WED. Everybody is talking about us in such positive ways. From Roy to the players, back room staff and supporters. All those european away games and not one bit of trouble. AS a club big mo must have learned alot from roys choices and decisions. There is a greater focus on youth development which can be seen in their performances over this season. We have an ex liverpool scout who has discovered many great players in his time. This type of back room staff development shows that our survival and success is not just down to the 11 players for 90 minutes a week (this season 180 mins). WE know we are a family club and have seen many lows and only recently had good fortune..... Thank you roy for making fulham this shining example of a big heart club to the world. I really hope we dont become a man city! Great club being totally changed and losing their family club feeling! I will forever remember pompey may 2008 and now i hope the next memory of roy as fulham manager will be may 2010. And it is for these very few precious moments, we are fulham's faithful!!!!!!
Leonestar
 

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