It is certain that if you spend any time in Fulham-o-sphere (and if you are reading this right now, then I’m betting you do) that you will come across the following comment sooner or later.

“Roy/Woy seems like a nice bloke/man/gent, but he was the wrong man for a relegation scrap/battle. What the players need is a motivator. Someone who can give them a kick in the pants/shot in the arm, get them inspired/passionate/up for it. IMO next season Roy/Woy should be kicked upstairs/promoted/sacked/defenestrated and we need to bring in a motivator like Ince/Collins/Warnock/Coleman/any other lower division manager who shouts a lot on the touchline.”

Fine. Good. It’s a point of view, and it’s a perfectly reasonable opinion. Roy Hodgson does not shout a lot on the touchline. Not even his staunchest backers (and I’m pretty staunch) can say that he does. From the outside looking in (as we all are) I would characterize Roy’s approach as being. “Here is a plan. This plan is a good one. This plan gives us the best chance to win. We will work on this plan, we will practice this plan, and on Saturday we will execute this plan. And if we execute this plan, then we will be in good shape to get a result.” It doesn’t exactly send shivers up your spine, does it?

But no matter who the manager was, this team was always going to lose games since January. It was always going to suffer some tough breaks, and it was always going to be a very, very, very, difficult uphill climb to escape relegation. There were always going to be setbacks.

So if you’ve got a manager screaming “THEY CAN TAKE OUR LIVES, BUT THEY CAN NEVER TAKE OUR FREEDOM!,” and you really buy into it and then you lose anyway, where are you then? When the goosebumps fade away, what are you really left with?

Everytime Fulham get a win, everybody gets pumped up. Then the club comes out with a new video set to that PUMP UP MUSIC, and everybody starts bouncing off the walls. And then Saturday comes, and we lose. So if the club comes out with a video for Man City, will you still buy into it? And if you don’t, how can you expect the players to

Imagine this. Your working at your job and your boss calls a meeting. The whole company assembles, and he tells you…

“Times are tough right now. And I’ve got some bad news. If we don’t meet the new timeline, there are going to be some massive lay offs. There are going to be pay cuts, and there will be benefit reductions.”

What do you want his next sentence to be?



“It’s going to be tough. But I’ve got a plan, and it’s a good plan. We’ll go over the plan together, we’ll talk about the plan, and we’ll make sure everybody knows the plan. Then we’ll execute the plan, and if we execute it correctly, we may just get our result.”


2 Responses to “Motivation”

  1. Colin Says:

    I think your last few posts have illustrated everything that annoys me about the typical reactionary message board groupthink. If these fans managed the club, we would have a new lineup every week, a new squad every transfer window (or spend all of our money on some reclamation project striker), and the team would watch Al Pacino give Keanu Reeves a pep talk at halftime instead of going over tactics.

    Sounds like a great plan!

  2. withaplum Says:

    any player who didn’t play in a loss is automatically much better than any player who did, whoever the last player to score absolutely MUST MUST MUST be in the side (until someone else scores). Any promising youth player MUST be brought into the side, any player who underperforms in their debut are “patently not good enough for this level” yada yada yada

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