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Fulham midfielder Gera praise Roy Hodgson

last updated Saturday 14th November 2009, 12:09 PM
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ZOLTAN Gera wants boss Roy Hodgson to kill speculation about his future and sign a new contract.

The Hungarian midfielder admitted he's just one of many at the Cottage who has benefited from the 61-year-old's know-how.

And he admits he would rest easier knowing Hodgson will be around a lot longer than the end of the season, when his current deal runs out.

Sweden's national team have already approached the Fulham manager, while the much-travelled Londoner has also been linked with a new role as coach to a Great Britain team for the 2012 Olympics. But Gera is only too aware of what Hodgson has done for Fulham.

He said: "I've learned a lot from him - Roy's one of the best managers I've worked with.

"And I don't know what he wants in the future - but hopefully he will stay. Two seasons ago, Fulham were going down - then he saved the club, and last season we were seventh. This year we're in the Europa League."

Just how long Fulham remain a Euro contender will depend on the result of the next two games against CSKA Sofia at home on December 3 and away to Basel on December 16.

The club made it that much tougher to qualify for the knockout phase with two red cards at Roma last Thursday, eventually losing 2-1, despite being 1-0 up when all 11 players were still on the pitch.

The game in the Stadio Olympico ended a double sequence of misery after the Whites lost Stephen Kelly to another straight red in the home match against the Italians.

Gera admitted the tackles from Paul Konchesky and Erik Nevland that saw both dismissed in Rome had been naïve.

The Hungarian said: "We need to learn from this, because tackles in the Premiership and the Europa League are totally different.

"If someone tackles from behind it's a straight red in the rest of the Europe - but here it's a yellow at worst, and we can't afford to lose players like that."

For all that, the Hungarian reckoned the worthy point gained in the 1-1 draw with Wigan on Sunday had been down to Hodgson's pep talk in the changing room beforehand.

"He's a very intelligent man," said Gera.

"He reminded us that we were the better team against one of the best teams in Europe until the sendings off in Rome.

"You ask who is the man most likely to lift the changing room? The answer has to be Roy Hodgson."







































































Source Paul Warburton at London Informer

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