Fulham manager Roy Hodgson is determined to somehow secure Premier League safety of Fulham Football Club this season. He talked to Sky Sports yesterday, and covered many things, including admitting he knew Newcastle United were a great club.
His focus obviously was not on trophies. 😀
Roy Hodgson – Fulham will fight all the way
In recent games Fulham have gained a draw away at Blackburn and a very good victory over Everton at Craven Cottage last Sunday. So we shouldnâ€™t take Fulham lightly on Saturday, although we still should be able to secure victory.
Roy Hodgson talked yesterday with Sky Sports TV yesterday:
“I do feel the confidence in the team is good, but I hope they are aware that one victory doesn’t solve any problems.â€ “If we start believing that because we have done quite well in the last couple of games our problems are virtually over, then we are unbelievably naive.â€
“Our problems are still great because we are in the relegation zone and adrift of a pack of teams just above the relegation zone.â€ “Everything depends on us making certain that the hunger, appetite, desire, enthusiasm and work rate is there in every game and then I would like to think if we have that, we might just have enough quality.â€
“There is a belief that if we can continue to keep this level of performance up and make certain we never drop below that in the last eight games, that even though we are carrying the burden of being behind the other teams, we can make that difference up.â€
“It has got to be done on the field of play. If a team is going to survive it is because the team is actually good enough to survive and the only way we can show that is by doing what we did on Sunday against a good team – producing a good performance and getting a victory.â€
“In the beginning it was a tough time but since I’ve become more comfortable with regard to the players and the way the team is playing, I don’t think my confidence or belief in them has wavered.” “We haven’t, as yet, been able to get ourselves totally back in the mix. We are four points behind and that is better than six, but it is still a lot of points behind.”
“I have great respect for Newcastle. I know what a great club they are, but these days, apart from the very fortunate five or six at the top end who never flirt with relegation, there are not too many others who can say they will never find themselves in a difficult position.â€
“It seems to me the way Newcastle approach it that they are perfectly aware that there is no God-given right and they have to claw their way out of an unpleasant situation.”
These relegation battle are never easy, with so much at stake. Especially now when teams lose so much money if they get relegated.
In the Premier League the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, and that’s the way it’s set up. How exactly lower level teams survive in this environment is not at all clear to us.
We’ll have two managers very similar on Saturday with Hodgson and Keegan. Both are experienced with positive attitudes, but so down to earth and brutally honest. They are both real gentlemen in our view, and are so well respected in the game.
When you hear Roy speak it’s not hard to understand why he gets so much respect in the game.
In playing terms they were very different. Kevin was world class and played for Liverpool, Hamburg and Newcastle, whereas Roy was a fairly mediocre player at best at Crystal Palace, Tonbridge, Gravesend and Northfleet and Maidstone United
Roy seems to have managed so many football clubs. Looks like it’s 15 different teams in 26 years.
Here’s the Croydon-born manager’s record:
Year Team 1976â€“1980 Halmstads BK 1982 Bristol City 1983â€“1985 Ã–rebro SK 1985â€“1990 MalmÃ¶ FF 1990â€“1992 NeuchÃ¢tel Xamax 1992â€“1995 Switzerland 1995â€“1997 Inter-Milan 1997â€“1998 Blackburn Rovers 1999 Inter-Milan 1999â€“2000 Grasshoppers 2000â€“2001 F.C. Copenhagen 2001 Udinese 2002â€“2004 United Arab Emirates 2004â€“2006 Viking FK 2006â€“2007 Finland 2007â€“ Fulham
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