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The Tanner report: the Mo retort

Felix Magath gave a message to Fulham fans on the website. He began by praising us fulsomely probably to soften us up for the lowering of expectation to preserve his job. He stated that in a period of transformation the upper echelons of the championship were likely. Such transformation was [...]

August 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Brighton briefing

I continue to be in both a state of awe and excitement in being invited to contribute to the National Rust. Alan Tanner explained to me that the sports editor Tom Hollingworth believes that real fans know much more about their club, and in some cases soccer, than journalists so if I am a bit [...]

August 28, 2014 // 2 Comments

The Tanner Report

Fulham fans would have received the victory over Brentford with mixed feelings. If we lost they hoped it would mean the end of Magath. In fact it would not. Chairman Khan publically supported him. Magath  has convinced Khan, to whom he has a direct line, that his project and bizarre methods will [...]

August 27, 2014 // 1 Comment

Back pages back to front

The Jewish prayer book is read back to front and I have found this is the way to approach the sports pages too. The cover story will as often as not be stale news by the time of publication. The next eight pages are normally devoted to football and there is little  likelihood of any fresh [...]

August 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

Open letter to Felix Magath

Dear Herr Magath,   Since Boxing Day 49 Fulham players have been selected. Most of them by you. After the debacle at Derby you say you are making more changes. We only need the one: you… grussen.   Alan [...]

August 25, 2014 // 1 Comment

Scoring your card

Jamie Donaldson cemented his Ryder Cup place and Hunter Mahan made a case for one by winning the Czech Masters and Barclays respectively. Both tourneys had an exciting final day. Steve Palmer picked Hunter Mahan because he likes and has won on the Ridgway track. My reasoning was different: he was [...]

August 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report

With four successive defeats and only three victories in 15 games Magath is fighting for his life. He pleads for time, his argument being that the side needed radical surgery to introduce youth and we must be patient. That he has not been sacked is less due to do with his own incompetence and more [...]

August 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

Independent Scottish sport?

In the admittedly unlikely event that Scotland goes independent what impact on Scotttish sport would ensue? Alex Salmoond opposed the Scottish participation in the last Olympics when Chris Hoy and Andy Murray, arguably their two finest sportsmen, admitted they need the resources south of the border [...]

August 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

With a wing and a prayer

This weekend the Harlequins will play their final friendly pre-season warm-up match, against the Glasgow Warriors, before the opening of the 2014/2015 Premiership campaign in the London Double Header at Twickenham Stadium next month. It may be a sign of the times but, in contrast to his normal [...]

August 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: beyond a crisis

Had Wolves converted their penalty then we would be in bottom place. This is ridiculous given two years ago we were a settled Premier side and four years ago we were in a European final. The beleagured Magath seems to hold responsible the team he inherited for the demise. The only one who gets a [...]

August 21, 2014 // 2 Comments

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