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Fulham F.C - A Bright Future?

Started on 13 April 2014 by Jonaldinho
Latest Reply on 1 May 2014 by NVDTahir
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Hey all! I'm new to the forums so don't expect anything brilliant but I'll try my best with this career.

The team I have chosen is Fulham. It should be a fun challenge, with a small transfer budget and a team good enough to survive in the BPL but not much else. My challenge will be to try my best to get the team away from the relegation zone - and to the top of England and Europe.

So...here we go!

FULHAM FC


The club has spent twenty-four seasons in English football's top division, the majority of that in two spells during the 1960s and 2000s. The latter spell was associated with former chairman Mohamed Al-Fayed, after the club had climbed up from the fourth tier in the 1990s. Fulham have never won a major honour, although they have reached two major finals. In 1975, as a Second Division team, they contested the FA Cup final for the only time in their history, losing 2–0 to West Ham United. Fulham reached the 2010 Europa League final, which they contested with Atlético Madrid in Hamburg, losing 2–1 after extra time.

Full name: Fulham Football Club
Nickname(s): The Cottagers, The Whites, The Lilywhites.
Founded: 16 August 1879; 134 years ago (as St Andrews Football & Cricket Club)
Ground: Craven Cottage, Fulham, London
Capacity: 25,700
Owner: Shahid Khan
Chairman: Shahid Khan
Manager: Felix Magath
League: Premier League
2012–13: Premier League, 12th


TIMELINE


Pre-Season

Fulham FC Sack Martin Jol

What Fulham need to do next season - The Fans' View #1

Rene Appointed: Good or bad decision? - The Fans' View #2

First Day At Fulham

Fulham unveil new kits and sponsor

July - The Fans' View #3

August

August - Dissapointing start for Rene

September
Good luck !
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2014-04-13 14:00#169238 captainbrickarms : Good luck !

Thanks!
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FULHAM FC SACK MARTIN JOL

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Martin Jol will start the search for a new job, with Fulham starting the search for a new manager.

Martin Jol's era at Fulham has ended today with Fulham owner Shahid Kahn releasing this as to why he has fired the Dutchman:

"Today, we have decided to terminate the contract of Martin Jol. We are thankful for his efforts at the club, and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours.

However, he has not brought the success to the club that we want and we have big plans for the club's future. We do not believe Martin Jol could have provided what we needed to move higher up in the league.

So we now start the search for a new manager. We ask for the fans' patience while we look for the right man and promise to hire somebody that can take us to the level we want to achieve."


Martin Jol has said he is "dissapointed at the board for not trusting him". The now clubless Dutchman will be looking for a new club and will be hoping he can get back into management soon.

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Could Rene Meulensteen soon be in charge at Fulham?

The favourite for the job right now is Rene Meulensteen. Rene Meulensteen's had a long career in coaching in management, starting as a coach in his homeland, Holland, with NEC as a youth coach. He is known for his time at the youth and reserve teams of Manchester United between 2001-2006. He then left for a season at Brøndby IF, who play in the Danish Superliga. Following that he returned to Manchester United and was the assistant manager to Sir Alex Ferguson for 5 seasons. With Sir Alex retired, could he try and get his first big job in managment?

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Can Fulham tempt Frank de Boer to move away from Ajax?

Frank de Boer - 112 appearances for the Dutch national team, 11 succesful years at Ajax and 4 at Barcelona. He's a big name, and at 43 years of age he has already spent several years as Ajax's manager, after joining them in 2010. He's been highly succesful and has definitley got a good job, but could the challenge of the Premier League tempt him away? He is currently the second favourite for the job and this could be exactly what he needs to boost his reputation.

It's going to be an exciting build up to the season for Fulham fans, and more managers will surely be linked with the job soon. For now, the fans will be hoping for someone that can guide the club away from the lower part of the league and into the top half and maybe Europe sooner than later.
Very nice start! :) Will be following.
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2014-04-13 14:39#169251 Josh_MU : Very nice start! :) Will be following.

Thanks a lot!
Have you guys got any advice for me? How can I make my updates better?
I like your writing style in the above update (the manager one)
Try to experiment and see what youre comfortable with the most :D
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2014-04-13 17:51#169312 AS4 : I like your writing style in the above update (the manager one)
Try to experiment and see what youre comfortable with the most :D

Thank you! I don't think I'll right in this style throughout, I'll probably also write from the view of the new manager and from the fans' point of view.
Good luck and a nice start to your first story! :D
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2014-04-14 06:40#169393 AlexTHFC : Good luck and a nice start to your first story! :D

Thanks :)
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WHAT FULHAM NEED TO DO NEXT SEASON:
THE FANS' VIEW - #1


With Martin Jol sacked, the search for a new manager ongoing and the transfer window approaching fast, the fans talk about their opinion on what we need to do to be succesful in the 2013-14 season.

Last season certainly wasn't a bad one. We ended up 12th in the league, and went out of the FA Cup and League Cup early. However, this isn't incredible and most fans don't share Shahid Khan's views that we will have a better season. We don't have much money to spend, and we have lost our manager that gave us a stable two seasons. A new manager is not what we needed at all, which is just another sign that this won't be a good season.

As for the new manager, Frank de Boer would be brilliant but I'm not sure he will want to join us, leaving Ajax, a club he has enjoyed a lot of success at. Rene Meulensteen is not the right man for Fulham. He has very little managerial experience, and has only managed at little known clubs. It would be very dissapointing to see him at the club. What we need is someone with experience, and the sad truth is that was what Martin Jol had.

I would love to see our new manager try and implement a more attacking style of football, maybe even changing to the more modern 4-2-3-1 formation. It may be risky, but I believe it is the way forward for Fulham and many fellow Fulham fans share that opinion. It could lead us into a struggling season, maybe even a relegation battle, but we have to look to the future, so we don't keep struggling in the mid-table for the seasons to come.

As for signings, we know we don't have a lot of money to spend so we have to be realistic. Some high-profile loan signings would be nice to see, and if we can get someone that would be helpful for a cheap price it would be a massive help for our current squad. The average age is too high, and even though you need experience, maybe it is time for some players to go and for some youth to come in. We have already made the signings of 5 players, but apart from one, a 19 year old named Ange-Freddy Plumain, who played for Lens, all our signings have been of older players, most notably Sacha Reither and Marteen Stekelenberg. They certainly aren't bad, but they aren't players for the future.

It'll be interesting to watch how the 2013-14 season plays out, but these are certainly worrying times for the fans. We look likely to have another season in the middle of the table, although no one would be suprised by a worse season than last year. Our squad is old, our tactics aren't exactly the most entertaining and when we needed an experienced manager, we have sacked him. But throughout the troubles we will support our team, so let's hope for a good season. Come on Fulham!
Very nice update, this is going to be a great story if you stick to it :)
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2014-04-14 07:53#169399 AlexTHFC : Very nice update, this is going to be a great story if you stick to it :)

Thanks! Hopefully I enjoy it.
Great layout and update, got a feeling this will be an amazing story already :)
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