I may make no bones about it that when Kit was made permanent manager I had deep reservations. However I’m not going now to say “Yah boo, I told you so” as I fully understood why the appointment was made. Kit had many things going for him. He was not Felix Magath but a popular player: he coached the Academy which is our future: his record as temporary caretaker was impressive following the legacy of Magath of 1 point in 7.
Reading the Fulham Independent board after a disappointing home draw with Wigan the anonymous posters are sticking in the knife into Kit – some in the most abusive un-Fulhamish way.
The interesting question is why Kit the Temp was so much better than Kit the Perm. He seemed unable to motivate the team; a succession of loanees did not help; he was slow to recall Matt Smith; he bowed to fan pressure to drop Bryan Ruiz when the midfield lacks any creativity; but, above all, as was the case last night, the defence is leaky. I thought it wrong to criticise Bettanelli as it was well struck free kick by Pennant but for the second from a corner there was no marking at all. Both goals came from set plays for which you can prepare on the training ground.
On the same site there was a well-reasoned analysis of how it all went wrong, how decision after decision was misjudged.The conclusion was that the new owner was left a structure of a Fulham board and highly-regarded CEO but imposed his own one – or lack of it – which has proved to be little short of disastrous.
There are those who now clamour for Kit’s dismissal. This would be 6 managers/coaches in 2 seasons. Each one will have his own training methods and selection preferences and morale would descend even more. Fulham are extreme unlikely to be relegated and at the of the season a root-and-branch review should be undertaken with the priority of appointing a manager with a track record of understanding and achieving in the championship.