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Fulham FC - The Cunning Cottagers (Save Corruption - Delete)

Started on 10 February 2014 by Bantams
Latest Reply on 13 February 2014 by Josh_MU
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Fulham Appoint Laudrup

Fulham have today announced that former Danish international, Michael Laudrup will be the head coach going into the 2013/14 season. Laudrup who will be René Meulensteen's successor at Craven Cottage has recently had a spell at South Wales club Swansea City. He enjoyed a very good spell in Wales leading the Welsh side to the Carling Cup final last season which they went on to win. Fulham acted quickly to snap up the Dane and are looking forward to working under his leadership and hopefully he'll bring some bright ideas and help steer this club forward.

A spokesman for the London club had this to say:

"We are delighted to have Michael here, he is a top manager with a wealth of experience. He has all the qualities we were looking for in a leader and we look forward to seeing what he can bring to the club, he has the full backing of the board and we are very hopeful of great things under his management. He has had a great start to his managerial career having a successful spell in Spain with Rayo and also coming to over here and managing Swansea."

"This could be exciting times for the fans of Fulham, as the Dane adapts an attractive brand of football and he also integrates youth. So it's a fantastic chance for the young kids here to get their chance."

Laudrup will sign a one year deal with the option of the club to extend it for a further two depending on how the season pans out for the Cottagers.

Authors Notes

I know the previous save with Juventus was short lived but that was not due to giving up on it, it was a story that I was enjoying and my laptop has broken and as a result I have bought a new one and looking forward to hopefully having a successful save with Fulham, I hope you guys enjoy and any feedback is always welcomed.
Love Laudrup, Good Luck!
Good luck mate, would you like me to make you a banner?
Good luck :)
Team Lift - Thanks mate :)

Josh - That would be great Josh if you don't mind, if you could post it in the banners topic when you're done? :)

PompeyBlue - Thanks buddy! :)

Michael Laudrup: 'Fulham Are A Perfect Fit'

BT Sport managed to catch up with new Fulham boss Michael Laudrup earlier in the week and the Dane explained how he thinks Fulham are the perfect fit for him, he had this to say:

"For me, it was a no brainer to join Fulham, they are a great group of honest players. Everyone is different and each individual offers something unique, and I like that."

"Of course I have my own philosophy that I want to try get across to the players, and I believe 100% that they will buy into it. We can go on to achieve great things here, we are a very talented bunch, not only that a determined set of lads too! Everyone wants to pull together to be the best that we can be.

"I'd like to play an attractive passing game, keeping hold of the ball and looking to unlock the defence because if we can do that then there's no reason why we can't have a fantastic season. If we keep the hold of the ball and keep plugging away trying to create chances then there's no way the opposition is going to come close to us and they'll tire from chasing us around."

"I fully believe that Fulham are a perfect fit for me, and I hope to have a very successful spell in London and achieve great things at this magnificent football club, and that all starts with having a good pre-season."

Preseason Results

Union Berlin 0 - 2 Fulham
Bent (44), Rodallega (80)

Fulham 3-1 Rubin
Mitroglou (20), Duff (21), Dejagah (64) Eremenko (70)

Alloa 2-1 Fulham
Twigg (56), Darroch (84) Dejagah (60)

Hereford 0-3 Fulham
Dejagah (4), Kacaniklic (24), Hangeland (27)

Lecce 0-3 Fulham
Duff (4, 28), Kacaniklic (74)

Villarreal 4-0 Fulham
Perbet (11), Aquino (27, 63) Cani (51)

Overall, we had a good preseason picking up some 5 wins out of the 7 games. I got to see all of my players in action and a couple of the younger players have caught my eye. However I was deeply disappointed to lose to Alloa, we assumed it'd be a easy ride and as a result played very sloppy and too relaxed, we can't afford to do this against 'weaker' opposition in the future, also I was disappointed to lose so convincingly to Villarreal. There's no doubt that they are a class team but we should of put up more of a fight, but instead we let them walk all over us.

Player of Preseason

There were some really impressive performances out there over the course of preseason, but for me there was one player who stood out from the croud, he has really caught my eye and hasn't failed to impress me with his great performances out there in the heart of defence. You wouldn't of even been able to tell that he was a youngster, the way he commanded the area and went into tackles, he has formed a great partnership with the skipper Hangeland in these early games. Therefore my player of preseason has to go to Dan Burn.

Decent pre-season, but a poor result against Villarreal! Best of luck for the season!

August - Dream Start

Bony (57) De Guzman (78) Dejagah (15, 22) Kacaniklic (17)

Mitroglou (2) Sidwell (47) Parker (81)

Duff (51) Dejagah (54) Mitroglou (57, 78) Hanson (2) Reach (72)

Dejagah (16)

Managers Comments

I couldn't of wished for a better start to my managerial spell here, a 100% win record in my first month, against tricky opposition I might add. we was sensational in each of our league games but very sloppy in our Capital One tie against Bradford, the team I managed against in last years final with the Swans, they were very much up for it and gave us a shock but we ended up winning the game due to Mitroglou's ruthlessness. It was also an amazing feeling to get one over on my former club, the team that sacked me. I am so proud of the lads and hopefully we can kick on from this fantastic start!

Player Of The Month

It was a tough one to choose, we've had Dejagah & Mitroglou banging in the goals but we've also had fabulous defensive displays from Burn & Hangeland, but this month it has to go to Ashkan Dejagah, he has been terrific this month and has blown the opposition out of the water with fantastic displays on the right hand side, he has terrorized defences and notched up a few goals!

Great start mate!

September - Picking Up Where We Left Off

Hangeland (62) Marveaux (52)

Burn (7) Kacaniklic (36) Kvist (60) Park S/O (21)

Knockaert (53) Duff (7) Bent (54, 67)

Kacaniklic (21, 55) El Ahmadi (41 p) Holt (78)

Managers Comments

We've had another great month, still unbeaten in the league and that is very pleasing for me, still top, though it may be joint with Newcastle and Manchester City, but I'll still take it. If anyone would of offered me this start at the beginning of the season I'd of bitten their hands off. Hopefully the run can continue for a little bit longer, we've been superb!

Player Of The Month

Player of the month was without a doubt going to be Kacaniklic, he has been really impressive this month and has added goals to his game which has helped his teammates out a lot, so he definitely deserves all the plaudits coming his way!

What a result against Everton! Keep it up!
Thanks josh, should see the cheeky result we get the following month when I do the next update :)

October - And They Said Management Was Hard?

Mitroglou (1) Kacaniklic (20) Dejagah (45) Carroll (16, 44)

Mitroglou (57)

Bassong (86) Dempsey (46)

4-1 AET
Bent (82, 113) Richardson (99) Dejagah (115) Chadli (1)

Managers Comments

Another wonderful month, the lads have shown real character so far and we are sitting at the top of the tree come the end of October, It's been a fabulous start to season here for us and I hope it can continue for the rest of the season. It's great to have been able to advance in the Capital One Cup to the quarters where we await our draw

Player Of The Month

Player of the month has to go to Kostas Mitroglou, he has been in exceptional form infront of goal this month and has been abit of on unsung hero in this side this term, he has been fabulous and works hard for the team week in week out.

League Table - End of October

Boateng Unhappy With Cottagers Involvement

Fulham central midfielder Derek Boateng has made his concern about his lack of game time known to the press this week as he has been left on the fringes of the squad ever since joining from Dnipro in the summer.

The Ghana international is concerned about his lack of game time and is making a plea to clubs to come and save him from his misery. He hasn't made a single appearance so far since arriving from Ukraine in the summer due to the form of Sidwell Kvist & Parker in the middle.

Interest is due to be high for the experience center midfielder, with the likes of Osasuna, Bursaspor, Bologna and Sassuolo thought to be interested but the favourite for his signature is Verona who look set to offer £400,000 to secure his services.

Reports also suggest that Fernando Amorebieta is also unsettled at the league leaders, he could be another one of the names to leave the cottage over the next few months. Interest in him appears to be high, so watch this space in the coming weeks to see how this story develops.

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