By Chris McQuade
A man and his eyebrow
I am relieved that Roy Hodgson wasn’t named Barclays Manager of the Season, as so many people seemed to want. Fulham’s performances in domestic competition have been below par at best. Fulham finished 7th in the league in 2008/9 and reached the FA Cup quarter-finals. With the same core team and a few additions, they have fallen to 12th this season, and in reaching the same round of the FA cup were put out by the first Premier League team they faced (Tottenham).
With an overall record of more games lost than won, and a negative goal difference, I found it hard to fathom why this was supposed to be manager of the year material. Fulham have been a fairytale story in Europe, but then so were Middlesbrough in 2006 – Boro had as many knock-down-drag-out-come-from-behind victories as Fulham, yet Jose Mourinho won Manager of the Year for guiding Chelsea to the Premier League title.
All of which brings