Fulham is in 17th place after Saturday's tough 1-0 loss to Arsenal. Truth be told, I feel Fulham deserved at least a share of the points as the Cottagers were in control for large chunks of the match. But credit to Arsenal for holding on and getting the win in a tough place like Craven Cottage.
While I could ramble on and on about Fulham struggling in the league and dropping to one spot above the relegation zone I will not. Instead I will focus my thoughts on the contract of manager Roy Hodgson.
At present time, Hodgson's contract runs out at the end of this season. That in and of itself is a joke. We are talking about the manager who took over a club destined for relegation in December of 2007 and performed miracle work to keep the Cottagers in the top flight and just one season later engineered the club to an all-time best 7th place finish and a spot in the Europa League. If I were Mohamed Al-Fayed, Hodgson would have been given a multi-year contract extension the minute he walked off the pitch in the last game of the 2008-2009 season. Instead, we are in limbo as Fulham supporters wondering if Roy will be our man in charge at this time next season.
I can't stress enough how much Hodgson has brought to this club. Succeeding Lawrie Sanchez and Chris Coleman and cleaning up the messes those two created, particularly Sanchez was a big undertaking alone. But to take the club, add some fresh faces to the mix already at the Cottage and implement a team that is not only solid defensively, but one that is also a pleasure to watch with a nice passing game through the midfield. These characteristics in a team are ones we have not seen since Jean Tigana was in charge and Fulham was tearing it up in the lower divisions en route to a Premier League spot for the 2001-2002 season.
While I can't say I know much about the details about the contract talks, I hope for Fulham's sake that it is Roy who is holding up things. If it is Fulham that is stalling on a new deal the club should be ashamed of themselves for such a travesty. If anyone is worthy of a contact extension of all managers in the Premier League it is surely Roy. With the riff raff of Premier League managers at the various clubs throughout the league, Fulham has one that most clubs would love to have managing their clubs. We have him and we are not doing our best to keep him at Fulham for years to come. That really bothers me and I am sure it bothers Roy too.
I do not know what else to say other than to tell the club......SIGN ROY HODGSON TO A MULTI-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION NOW!!!
What are your thoughts on the Roy Hodgson contact extension? Is he worthy? Is Fulham right in prolonging giving him an extension? If you were Roy how would you feel? Let me know.