If I were Shahid Khan, I would take the time to come to London; speak with fans; players; and staff. The club has been a shambles since the change of ownership, and I would be thinking that I was responsible for that....and in order to plan for the future I needed to urgently educate myself. if for no other reason than I have a LOT of money invested in this business.
I would acknowledge, without giving up the fight, that the club is probably going down. Even if it isn't major work needs to be done to overhaul the way things are or we will spiral into oblivion.
1. Re-visit the Fulham 'brand'. We are the oldest club in London, and are regarded as a friendly, dignified club (although a bit eccentric, for sure). Repeats of the classless way Rene was treated (regardless of it was the right decision or not) should never be repeated.
2. Commercial and Strategic Management. The current CEO is not giving good advice and a large portion of blame for this season's disaster can be laid at his door. We need a clean sweep, and a new board including at least some Fulham people should be appointed. I would give consideration to non-exec roles for Mo's son who served on a very successful board. I would certainly go to Mo for advice.
3. The current manager should go immediately. He seems to be proving points at the club's expense for his own ego, and in the face of logic. He also comes across as an utter wally. I would bring Kit up from the under 21's - a Fulham man who has achieved amazing things with the under 21's. Alternatively what about John Collins? He has had decent success with Hibs and knows our cub. Whoever is picked can't possibly do worse than what we have had. I would give him a long contract and back him. I like the idea of Luis Boa Morte alongside a manager in the dugout; he LOVES this club. We love him.
4. The squad needs a complete overhaul. I would create a team based around our young players. Those who have achieved so much success and who identify with the club. We should have a strategic aim of developing an energetic, youthful team. I would instruct the club to stop playing negative football with old tired players. It simply has not worked all season with 3 different managers and it will not work now. The model I want would be Southampton's. A core of lads from the club.
5. I would prepare for the Championship now; it is probably coming anyway. Let's start giving the youngsters game time and letting them build a rapport with the fans.
I certainly agree with Marc and many of the remarks made by loyal Fulham fans.
The performance on Saturday was a complete disgrace and the ultimate farewell to the Premier Division. For Fulham to make Cardiff look good was unbelievable and an insult to all of the supporters who made the trip. These fans should be reimbursed for all of their expenses and suggest the players contribute a portion of their inflated salaries to cover this.
The majority of players have little interest in playing for Fulham, apart from picking up the money, and cannot even give 90 minutes of endeavour.
How galling it must have been for you guys who went to the game and we all share your pain.
Money has killed the game of loyalty. Gone are the days when players at Fulham would play their hearts out all for £20 a win plus win bonus and get £10 a week in Summer. Yes even the greatest of them all, Johnny Haynes, not to mention all the real stars of yester year.
Until we get a manager who eats, breathes and lives Fulham together with a CEO who can do a decent job we will continue to decline. Yes John Collins would fit the bill as would Lee Clarke and I consider the supporters should demand a meeting with management to express our feelings.
Our future depends on changing our structure, starting afresh with players who are prepared to fight for the club and get rid of those players who are responsible for our dire position. I really believe that any player over 30 should not have their contracts extended. Ruisse if a prime example of a mecenary as it must be remembered he was originally on the verge of signing for Fulham some 10 years ago until Liverpool stepped in at the last moment and signed him. He only return to Fulham when he was past his sell by date and Liverpool got shot of him and no one else wanted him.
Please don't stop supporting the club as you will be neede more than ever next season.
posted by bigboy4650 (Guest) - Sunday 09th March 2014, 12:59 PM
yep..totally agree with you. We have a goldmine of youth but we are a lovable club who neads somebody who loves FFC.
posted by T.NO (Guest) - Sunday 09th March 2014, 1:03 PM
Some rational comments here although I disagree with some of it.
1. Why bring MO's son back. If he had wanted the club I'm sure MAF would have given it to him.
2. I put MAF's lack of investment as the root cause of our present demise.
3. Mackintosh, clearly Khan's most trusted guardian has let everyone down. He should go.
4. No point in changing the manager again but I do worry that his reliance on OAPs will not be successful in the Championship. Some change is needed.
5. We have to stop thinking of ourselves as a lovable club with a beautiful riverside setting. No point in returning to the EPL if we will not have the gates to support it. 40,000 plus should be the minimum and if that means a change of venue, so be it.
6. For the Championship I would release Riise, Hangeland, Parker, Karagounis, Rodellega, and apart from Holtby and Kvist, all the other loanees. Holtby, Kvist and Heightenga should be persuaded to stay
7. I suspect that Zorba has an escape if relegated clause in his contract. We shall see.
8. Cardiff confirmed that we just cannot defend. If we are to go down with our heads held high, Mr Maghoo must put out an attacking formation.
posted by willie2B (Guest) - Sunday 09th March 2014, 1:28 PM
Khan's in a business he knows nothing about he should sell it
posted by ffc supporter (Guest) - Sunday 09th March 2014, 1:28 PM
Spot on mr Willie2 b. Also agree with the fact that mr Fayed sold us down the river long before he offloaded us to a guy that doesn't have a clue. Don't get me wrong the man is a legend here and always will be but the lack of investment over the last 3-4 seasons ( let's be honest ) has been plain to see and it was only a matter of time before that came back to bite us in the a*se! Even sparky realised it and got out. You cannot run a modern day top flight team in a shoe string budget snd expect anything more than what we're getting now. Pay peanuts, get monkeys! We've been left standing and have fallen way behind even the newest of premier league arrivals. I just worry for our future if the current board, management and team are allowed to stay on past this season.
posted by Ben (Guest) - Sunday 09th March 2014, 5:13 PM