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In his programme article the chairman Shahid Khan spoke of how the appointment of Ray Wilkins was welcomed by the Fulham family. This must be a Fulham family I neither know nor understand. Our Fulham family remember a Chelsea legend replacing  a Fulham one in Micky Adams. Wilkins failed to get Fulham promoted and was duly  sacked. I do know 3 Fulham families – that of Michael Cole, Mark Collins and Dennis Turner – who gave Mr al Fayed first rate advice. Mr Khan’s first act was to dispense with them. It’s hardly surprising that we have had such a awful season and the gloom continues with yet another 4 goal thrashing. Each of the goals conceded can be attributed to a defensive lapse. Stockdale, who has been playing well, could not get firm hands on Adam Johnson’s free kick; Ki was unmarked when he slotted the second; Riiise failed to intercept Ki’s pass to Johnson for the third; the clumsy Senderos fouled Altidore for the penalty 4th. Don’t just blame the defence. Berbatov played disinterestedly and Taraabt was back to his selfish ways.

I spoke to a Sunderland fan on the tube home. He was surprised that when we got back to 2-1 and the crowd behind us we did not maximise our momentum.  I explained that, with a team so aged, we simply did not have the legs and there is little hope of a late revival whe the stamina is not there to achieve it.

In the next few weeks we play Arsenal and Manchester United away and Liverpool and Southampton at home.

I am often accused of being pessimistic so I offer 2 grounds of hope. Brede Hangeland, club skipper and pivotal in every sense, is back in training and secondly  the table is still very compact. I do not regard the transfer window as a source of hope as it’s a difficult market and we are buying by committee of Wilkins, Curbishley and Meulensteen. My Fulham family hark to the saying that a camel is a horse designed by a committee.

About Alan Tanner

After a distinguished military service in the Catering Corps, Alan Tanner did well in mufti with his chamois as a window cleaner. Sadly he had to retire after falling from the fifth floor of Danny Murphy's mock Tudor home. He spends his retirement watching and writing about his beloved Fulham whom he has supported for over 50 years. The Alan Tanner Report is sponsored by Tanner Crystal Clear Ltd, Window Cleaners to the Gentry. More Posts