It’s ironic that Fulham’s recovery has been engineered by the appointment from within of a popular long-servant of the club who had been beavering away behind the scenes in youth development/coaching roles!
The best ones defy description as they are produced by the sheer enormity of the moment – no ordinary, run of the mill goal but that absolutely pivotal net buster which clinches a title or promotion, preferably in the last minute of added on time.
The Prime Minister himself bizarrely claims (along with Prince William) to follow the Villa. I’m not too sure how many times either man has been to Birmingham but it seems that Paul Lambert’s knighthood is assured if he guides his men to Premier glory. Unlikely I know.
Long gone are the days when pub landlord or bricklayer were more realistic ‘after the parade’ paths for those who had been used to kicking a football for a living – at least for those who didn’t make it to the highest level.
This is our 10th season at this level since 2000/01 and the first time we’ve been top at this point – after eleven games. We had more points in 2002/03 (24pts, 3rd place) but only finished 8th. Promotion came in 2003/04 and 2010/11.
Of course, there are plenty of examples of highly successful foreign managers in England and I give them full respect – but let’s be honest, if your own club isn’t involved, it’s much more fun to see someone fail spectacularly.