I know it’s not Arsenal, but it’s relevant in my humble opinion….
Wenger – Hodgson’s my Manager of the Year
Fulham have punched above their weight more than any other side and Roy Hodgson should be named Manager of the Season, according to Arsène Wenger.
The Cottagers defeated Hamburg 2-1 on Thursday night to progress to the Europa League Final where they will meet Atletico Madrid.
Fulham’s only honours to date are an Intertoto Cup success in 2002 and a brace of English second-tier titles. Their only appearance in a major final came in 1975 when they lost 2-0 to West Ham United in the FA Cup Final.
Hodgson took charge at Craven Cottage in December 2007, with the club stuck in a relegation battle. He saved them from the drop and then secured a seventh-place finish last season before taking Fulham to the cusp of European glory this term.
That’s why Hodgson will get Wenger’s vote for the end-of-season individual prize.
“Fulham and Roy have been fantastic,” he said. “They are the ones more than anybody else who have punched above their weight. And maybe that’s why Roy deserves it [manager of the season].
“Their intelligence, experience and his scouting has been good. His buys have been good. He’s bought players who aren’t not in the top three or four but have the level to flirt with it.
“Zamora, Duff have played at top clubs, Murphy has played at top clubs. They have players who can play at the top level but at some stage lost out.
“Hodgson is a fantastic manager – but there’s no secret. You need good players and they have good players.”
Well Well Arsene, I agree about Fulham, but what about us…….
Zamora, Duff, Murphy – if they had been Arsenal players, you would have either let them go on freebies, or told them they are too old!!
Its about the player, if the player WANTS to play then he will, and those three do, and that’s why they are in the final. Fulham players didn’t ever give up the fight, just ask Juventus!
Credit where credit is due, Hodgson has done a fantastic job at Fulham, no doubt on a restricted budget. Fulham could have been facing a Liverpool side who recently have thrown dead money after dead money on players, but no, they got knocked out.
Its not always about how many you buy, its more about who you buy and who you keep. Sometimes I think we have sold the good and kept a few of the bad… Arsenal need a couple of players with experience, by which I mean players who have ‘been there and done it’ and still ‘want it’ – not some old has been who been cast aside by his club because he is no longer good enough!
Look at Danny Murphy, Fulham bought him when he was thirty, today he still plays like a 25 year old. What does Wenger often do with our thirty year olds – invariably lets them go or won’t give them anything more than a new one year contract.
All I want to say to Roy Hodgson and Fulham is, Good Luck for the Final, I truly hope you win – you deserve it..