Roy Hodgson – Newcastle United Are A Great Club

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 shouldn’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.” “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.”

“Our problems are still great because we are in the relegation zone and adrift of a pack of teams just above the relegation zone.” “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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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

1976–1980 	Halmstads BK
1982 		Bristol City
1983–1985 	Örebro SK
1985–1990 	Malmö FF
1990–1992 	Neuchâtel Xamax
1992–1995 	Switzerland
1995–1997 	Inter-Milan
1997–1998 	Blackburn Rovers
1999 		Inter-Milan
1999–2000 	Grasshoppers
2000–2001 	F.C. Copenhagen
2001 		Udinese
2002–2004 	United Arab Emirates
2004–2006 	Viking FK
2006–2007 	Finland
2007– 		Fulham

Comments very welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Leo Kompany for the Toon

    Mar 20, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #1

    i hadnt realised he managed inter milan twice.

  • obafemimartins

    Mar 20, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #2

    i hope he also knows we played blackburn off the park at sjp and beat everton at sjp so if our strikers put the ball in the net then we should beat them easily

  • obafemimartins

    Mar 20, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #3

    i have pointed jimmy bullard as their dangerman because he is very good at free kicks and we give them away at a alarming rate.

  • Pete

    Mar 20, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #4

    Our ageing midfield ball winner is responsible for the number of free kicks, how many times has he been booked this season ?

  • Spyro

    Mar 20, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #5

    i do think our midfield is going to cost us a goal by giving away ridiculous freekicks

  • obafemimartins

    Mar 20, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #6

    10 because he had 2 suspensions.

  • Spyro

    Mar 20, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #7

    u mean AT LEAST 10 lol

  • Spyro

    Mar 20, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #8

    the thing is, we cant prevent these freekicks being given away because even if we drop butt, barton and geremi both give away needless freekicks aswell, and dont even get me started on smith

  • Hadji

    Mar 20, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #9

    I hired someone to kidnapp Smith and have his brain transplant.Just can’t remember which brain i’m gonna install in his head…hmmm,maybe Bramble’s.
    Uuu i’m such a badass sometimes.

  • dave

    Mar 20, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #10

    any chance you can take the shitpot ads off this site,takes longer than ever

  • Andreas

    Mar 20, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #11

    Dave, I suggest you get yourself a better ISP if you think this site is “slow/to heavy” 🙂

  • Tripp

    Mar 20, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #12

    Wor Nicky has been booked 12 times I think. Leads the PL in bookings…

  • Beezeri

    Mar 20, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #13

    Mr.Hodgson probably plays the most boring football ever! Away from home he doesn’t dare to cross the midfield line…


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