Sometimes the building is on the ground. That is reality. It is not that the firefighters did not do their job. It is not that they do not know what they are doing. Sometimes the fire is just too big.
Claudio Ranieri took over at Fulham on November 14th. Back then, the club was on its way to the third lowest point total in the history of Premier League . They were at the bottom of the rankings, with five points from 12 matches, with an average of 0.41 and a total of 15.58 in the season.
In 2005-06 Sunderland declined by 15 points; Derby was downgraded in 2007-08 with 11. Fulham was in that ballpark. View the record book under & # 39; mugs & # 39 ;.
So it would always be difficult. As it has proven. Under Ranieri, Fulham took 12 points from 16 games, with an average of 0.75. An improvement, but not well enough.
Because the club with less than 31 points ever stayed in the modern era, Fulham would almost certainly degrade in the same way.
Yet this is football, so there must be a scapegoat and as we were confirmed in the time of
on Thursday afternoon with the takeover of Scott Parker, making Fulham the first Premier League club in the last 13 seasons to burn two full-time bosses twice in one campaign.
Assuming that the season of Fulham is expected to expire, only one club can claim to have stayed with this policy
Fulham himself was relegated under Felix Magath at the end of the 2013-14 season after the dismissal of Martin Jol and Rene Meulensteen
This leaves Swansea as the only survivors – Francesco Guidolin succeeded by Bob Bradley and eventually Paul Clement in 2016-17, finishing 15th. Nevertheless, Clement was installed on January 3 – not with March as its first workday, as with Parker.
Fulham's recruitment policy – or RITA for short – has been unmasked as hopelessly marred,
In the summer, Fulham became the first club to spend more than £ 100 million in the transfer market, a Wonderfully ambitious but hugely problematic investment because it involved bedding into a new team in a very competitive environment.
It is clear that upgrades were needed in the 46-point team in a championship season – more than Millwall – are ready to beat the Premier League.
But Fulham's revision was carried out late, with £ 80 million of talent arriving in the last week and £ 60 million on the last day.
In this mess, three months later, Ranieri, the man we now believe, did not know what he was doing.
So perhaps Ranieri knew what he was doing and it is Fulham who does not.
Perhaps, as a manager who won the competition, he might have been the best option for Fulham as they try to regroup in the championship. Maybe I would get a chance from scratch in a new season.
We will never know. While the house was on fire, Fulham blamed the man who held the snake, as if he were starting it. Good job Roy, but Palace should achieve much more
Roy Hodgson, is often told us, does a fantastic job at Crystal Palace. He certainly does not do bad. But great?
Crystal Palace is 14th in the league, five points above the relegation places. They are a point behind Newcastle, a club in a permanent state of mutiny;
They have Wilfried Zaha, Andros Townsend, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luka Milivojevic – a quartet of players who would join a team in the immediate vicinity of Leicester, who just fired another manager. and many others who come up higher.
Are the Palace really inferior to those of Wolves, Watford or West Ham?
In all honesty to Hodgson he went through most of the season with limited forward options after an injury to Christian Benteke.
Yet, from there, Palace had to push further, the Fulham and West Bromwich under his stewardship, especially because it is not known how long the club can keep his best individuals?
Zaha and Wan-Bissaka, for example, share an agent who may think it is time to raise money, even if Palace d ]] The next quarter finale of the FA Cup in Watford is very important in determining the season of the palace.
Shelvey was good for Newcastle, but not higher. Even with England in the semi-finals, Shelvey's absence was still a problem for some.
As it looks now, Shelvey is currently struggling to recapture his place in Newcastle after an outbreak of injury.
He has not even been in the last two games and his manager, Rafa Benitez, advises patience, which is hardly encouraging. Not the worst judge, the manager of England, mind.
Trippier left at right back Kieran Trippier was the best right-back in the Premier League last season. Promoted to international football, crosses for England were the most devastating since the days of David Beckham, his free kicks not far behind.
He does not seem to be the same player in this campaign.
At this rate, when England meets again later this month, the best right-back option is Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool, even for Kyle Walker. Trippier is unhappy to play in a position where England is especially blessed.
Questions asked about the form of Kieran Trippier after a disastrous goal at Chelsea
It is no surprise that this week went into training between rugby teams from England and Georgia. Georgian athletes are naturally a combative fate.
In 1996 England's footballers played in Tbilisi, and earlier that day a press XI game was arranged with local journalists.
Ringers are common in these competitions. Jean Tigana once appeared to be the media in France in the same year that he was declared the footballer of the year.
Anyway, it got a little hot and one of the Georgians punched an English player on the nose.
After the game, while Brooking sat on the coach with an X-marks-the-spot dressing on his horn, the Georgian player came to apologize.
& # 39; I'm sorry – is it going? & # 39; he asked Brooking with a look of total contempt and even more nasal tone than usual, & # 39; No & # 39;
& # 39; I stood there when it happened, & # 39; said Ray Wilkins later – it was really a press team in the Scottish word of the day – & # 39; I would have jumped in to help him, but I laughed too much & # 39;
Scottish game can not compete
] When Celtic was looking for a manager in 2000, they took the man to Leicester. Martin O & # 39; Neill has been working for a long time, but he has been working for a long time. mid-season.
This is not to belittle the decision or the behavior of Brendan Rodgers, but to emphasize the unfortunately diminishing sense of Scottish football.
It was almost impossible. Indeed, before the big foreign investment arrived, there was a time when the Premier League threatened to go the way of Scotland, only two clubs shared nine consecutive titles. It was in this era that Keltic could take the Leicester manager. Fortunately, the competitive balance changed. Thank you, oil money.
With the Air Accident Investigations Branch-report produces, as expected, more questions than answers, Cardiff remains the to keep payments for Emiliano Sala.
One of the unresolved problems is whether the fateful flight was a commercial enterprise, as
Yet it was also claimed that Callum Davies, the club's liaison officer, was waiting for Sala's plane was to land in the Signature Flight Support building in Cardiff.
Why should a person whose specific role is player welfare not have the full details of the flight before it takes off?
Stop the conversation … fight the fight
There are three heavyweight fights that people want see: Anthony Joshua against Tyson Fury, Tyson Fury against Deontay Wilder, Deontay Wilder against Anthony Joshua
That five separate broadcasters have signed agreements with the hunters and these fights can not take place, at least in the short term.
This is completely self-destructive. Who would want to see mismatches with second-tier heavyweights – especially when the Fury-Wilder return seemed to be so easy to make? We are back in the realm of talking about fighting.
Fury seems to believe that it is enough to keep saying that he defeated Wilder – he did not – without having to bother to really do it.
Joshua is on the outside and nobody wants to make a deal with Wilder. BT Sport, ESPN, Showtime, Sky Sports and DAZN all put money in, but for what?
Come Fight Night, the recording may be less than expected. The sporting public knows what they want, and they do not want this.
Without any doubt, it helps England to be captain when the football association Harry Kane probably had to banish his head against Cesar Azpilicueta on Wednesday. No damage was done and it really did not look very bad.