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We did not expect to be like this: 2 defeats, one goal, one place above relegation. Inevitably Magath is at the focus of the discussion. The body of opinion is that we should show patience in the investment and deployment of youth he has made. Against that, and I am in that camp, he does not know his best team, makes 3 changes every week and has no feel for the culture of the club.  From Vic Buckingham in the sixties, who also brought on kids John Dempsey, Les Barrett and Stevie Earle, to Lawrie Sanchez, those who tear everything up and change homely Fulham fail.

After going down due to lapse marking against Millwall, we dominated possession, played some pretty football but actually created few chances .Millwall defemded stoically. A draw would probably have better reflected play.

Wolves come to the Cottage next Wednesday. Should Magath fail again, the pressure will be on him. The chairman backed him in the programme and never has any Fulham manager had such power since Frank Osborne, so he has no excuses now . With American tycoons, it’s best to start and finish with dollars and losing $200m should Fulham not make it back to the Premier is going to be the most important criterion in the chairman’s mind in assessing Magath.

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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

2 Comments on The Tanner Report

  1. Avatar photo fulham_nutter // August 17, 2014 at 1:54 pm //

    Alan, has a Fulham manager ever thwarted the Rust’s skepticism? Or is the Rust’s view an unfailing harbinger of the inevitable?

    Two additional questions:

    1) I’ve missed these first two matches due to summer holidays — which of the newboys look up to the task?

    2). Why was Lee Mason slumming at the Cottage yesterday? Had he not received word of the relegation?

    Home to Wolves is colossal. As ever, COYW!!!

    • Avatar photo The National Rust // August 17, 2014 at 1:59 pm //

      I liked Chris Coleman and Roy Hodgson. The keeper grew in confidence and Hyndman effective. Roberts when he came on lively.

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