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Fulham - A New Short-List!

I`m not sure if we are completely back to square one but I`m not sure we`re too far away!

After all would you be tempted to smile, keep your chin high in the air, accept a job that you knew was destined for Martin Jol but is now yours?

But the search must go in and with a week or so having been lost trying to secure a deal for Jol, time is off the essence.

The new season is fast approaching and the new man will need to get a grip of the situation with a degree of speed.

So with us back to square one, who now feature son the shortlist assembled by the media?

Well not surprisingly Sven Goran Eriksson tops most people`s list with the Ivory Coast job only a stop gap appointment the Swede could drive through a hard bargain!

Another on the list is the Cardiff City boss, Dave Jones. Well respected within the game Jones is said to be the choice of several of the key players within the squad. Having just failed to attain promotion with Cardiff City, via the play-off final, Jones could well look towards Craven Cottage as the ideal means to get back into the Premier League.

No list would be complete without the name of Mark Hughes Out of work since being ousted at Manchester City, Hughes could be the one to jump into the hot-seat. His record in the north-west, with City and Blackburn, shows that he has a good Premier League pedigree.

Ex-Hammer and the iconic Charlton boss, Alan Curbishley, also makes an appearance on the new shortlist. Out of work since his spat with West Ham, Curbishley could be a solid choice to steer the Fulham ship on its next managerial voyage.

Two outsiders bring the list to an end. First up is Bob Bradley, the coach of the USA, who would be a risky appointment having never managed in England let alone the Premier League followed by the recently deposed West Ham United boss, Gianfranco Zola.

Zola had a torrid time at West Ham and although the experience will have served him well it might be a little too soon to jump straight back into the pressure cooker that is the Premier League.

My personal choice - I`d opt for Mark Hughes!

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Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 23 2010

Time: 12:26PM

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My vote from that list is for Hughes, the problem with Sven for me is that it's always his off field antics that grad the headlines and not what he is doing at the club, Curbishley has a history with quite a few of our players and most of it is not good, Bradley would be risky at best, we've seen with Sanchez what a lack of Premiere League inexperience can do, Zola might be good, he wasn’t exactly given the backing of the board at West Ham was he, but it would still be a risk. Let just go for Hughes get it sorted, strengthen the squad, and qualify for Europe again this season. :-)
truth is now is the time for a big name an big money the next chapter we have to go for it me thinks
truth sayer ffc
Is it just me or would appointing David Jones be a step backwards?
Riverside Chanter
In my opinion Riverside, it'd be a massive step in the wrong direction, but, apparently the players want him. It'll be difficult for Mo to undermine the players if that's so, but, I'd much rather have Sven than DJ. And I'd much rather have Hughes than Sven. But then again, I'd much rather have Jol than Hughes. Just can't win can we?
Lovin the attention....little old fulham fc.....black white army chant for Hughes...........
Jol came out of the blue and although he has become our 'nearly man' it does show that we can have some faith in the board making a good selection. The short-list is purely media speculation and only once we were in discussions was Jol's name mentioned. Business is private, so let's try to fly under the radar as much as possible. No more egg on faces please!
I too would love to see Mark Hughes as our new Manager, but reports suggest thet he and Alistair Macintosh don't like each other. Would this mean that back-room pressure might cause problems that just aren't worth it?
if there's one thing i want, it's for the players NOT to choose their manager... wouldn't back room officials know better than the players as to who is a good manager? they got roy in, and jol would have been a good appointment, so i'll trust them to get it right one more time...

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