Writer: Andrew Joyce
Date:Wednesday August 29 2007
It was always a good bet that as the transfer window prepared to slam shut there`d be a few movements out of Craven Cottage!
Unfortunately, I`d hoped that the departure of Liam Rosenior wouldn`t be one of them. Deep down I hoped that Lawrie Sanchez and Liam would get together and get to the crux of the problem that has seen Liam go from hero to zero in the eyes of the managerial team at Craven Cottage.
Last season Liam could do no wrong, he was an ever-present in the Fulham eleven, this season a sighting of Liam on first team duty has been about as often as us winning an away game. Whether it was simply down to the fact that Sanchez didn`t rate Liam or whether there had been some sort of altercation between the two, it`s always hard to accept the sale of a home grown prospect that has come up through the ranks and also managed to reap U21 honours.
The fact that he`s gone to Reading also grates. If I were speaking from the heart, I wouldn`t rate them as superior to us. Sure they might have finished higher than us, they might have a spanking new ground but traditionally we`re viewed as a bigger club. Well that`s what I`m trying to convince myself. In reality and speaking from the head, I`m probably grasping at straws. Reading are where we`d hoped to be, comfortable in the knowledge that Premier League survival isn`t really a worry, content that their ground is almost spanking new and content that they have a manager they are totally at ease with.
Yesterday I ruffled a few feathers with a couple of articles that you, our readership, were quick to pick up on. I`d dare to suggest that I was seriously worried about our Premier League future but in all honesty I was only commenting on the result of the polls. It was implied, that by reading your comments, that you were happy with the style of football we were playing, that Lawrie Sanchez had started to get the team to play more attractive football than we`d seen for a fair while. They were all good points.
This morning my faith in Sanchez remains as I`ve stated before, I`m sat on the fence (in true Trevor Brooking style) mulling over the pro`s and con`s of just where we are. With the news that Liam has departed I`m starting to err towards a negative attitude with regard to Sanchez, I`m not convinced we`re moving forward, swapping Liam Rosenior for Seol Ki-Hyeon hasn`t pacified me!
Your thoughts please!
Date:Wednesday August 29 2007
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