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Symons happy with Mardy Tunnicliffe

last updated Thursday 15th October 2015, 11:30 AM

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Fulham Manager Kit Symons
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Fulham midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe
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Ryan Tunnicliffe
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Anyone knows what 'mardy' means?

For unaware southerners, a hard man from the deep north would say it means grumpy.

It was the word Kit Symons used to describe Ryan Tunnicliffe this week, as he also praised the midfielder's renaissance back to the first team.

The former Manchester United man missed the first two games as a result of an infamous 'sausage boy' tweet about Chelsea's Patrick Bamford on loan at Middlesbrough.

It was one that cost Tunnicliffe around £25,000 in fines from the FA and his club, and earned the wrath of his boss.

However, eight matches later, including a terrific performance against QPR, and the first goal in a 2-2 draw with Charlton last week, Symons reckons he's got the measure of the man he brought back from Blackburn last season in the middle of a loan spell.

"Ryan's someone who I've always liked, I had him in the Under-21s with me when he turned up at the club and things didn't always go as he would have hoped initially," the gaffer explained.

"If he's dealt with in the right way, he's a very good player. You can see his athleticism, he covers every blade of grass on the pitch.

"He's a good character and a good lad. I think, like most people, he just needs to be treated the right way."

"Communication with him is key. I had three years up in Manchester (with Manchester City 1995-98) and the word 'mardy' was bandied around. That's Tunners all round - he's mardy.

"I really like him, and sometimes his banter is of the moaning type. A couple of chats later and he's as good as gold."

Source Paul Warburton at GetWestLondon

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