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Fulham FC owner Al-Fayed set to give rewards

last updated Monday 03rd May 2010, 8:05 PM
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FULHAM owner Mohammed Al Fayed is set to reward manager Roy Hodgson and his players with a bumper bonus for their historic achievement in reaching the Europa League final in Hamburg on May 12.

Harrods boss Al Fayed who has already spent more than £280million on the Premier League club, is expected to splash the cash again to say thank you to Hodgson and co for turning unfancied Fulham into Britain's only Euro finalists this season.

And he is also likely to step up efforts to secure 62-year-old Hodgson's services beyond the official retirement age after his manager declined to commit his long-term future to the club whose fortunes he has transformed in little more than two years.

Hodgson admitted he didn't know how much longer he will be at Fulham, saying: "I'm only 62 and I don't know where I'll end my days.

"Let's see where we go from here and see where that takes us."

Exactly how much Hodgson and his players will now pocket in bonuses is being kept a secret because of sensitivities over players' pay. But Hodgson revealed: "Mr Al Fayed is very generous and is always prepared to reward us.

"Of course we have to be careful about rewards because we are already well-paid people. But hopefully we can also reward him for all the effort and money he has put in."

Hodgson, however, admitted that he and Fulham are in footballing heaven.

"I've had some great moments and results that have excited people in Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland and Italy," said Hodgson. "But right now all this is a magnificent feeling.

"You'd have got very big odds on Fulham reaching a European final when we started last year in the second qualifying round.

"But these players have produced performances time and time again against Europe's best, and have deservedly won matches without any luck."

Fulham are at home to London rivals West Ham in the Premier League today and Hodgson added: "We've still got four games to go this season and it would be nice if we could keep our league form going. But I can't keep whipping these boys time and time again.

"I suppose they could crack up but they haven't done so for 59 games, so maybe I'll get another four out of them!"

Source Colin Mafham at The Express
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