Friday, May 11, 2007

Koeman for Fulham? Simon Morgan moves on

Quite excited (probably overly so) by the news today the Ronald Koeman is interested in the Fulham job. The Daily Mirror has run with the story which is reproduced on FulhamWeb and is also mentioned on BBC Sports. I had a quick check on his managerial record and found that he's done OK if not spectacularly. Three Dutch league titles and a cup with Ajax and PSV plus one Portugese cup win with Benfica, I'm still excited though. I'm not completely opposed to Sanchez being given a go, I think he is single-minded and ambitious enough to actually do quite well as a Premier League manager, but I have been disappointed so far in what he has managed with the team he inherited. My biggest concern is that it will be players like Philippe Christanval who end up missing out under Sanchez as he looks for players who will just do what he wants.

Also this week I found out (thanks Dad!) that Simon Morgan has left the club. Apparently there was a piece in Saturday's programme that said he was moving on to a similar role with the Premier League. Morgs became the epitome for me of the Fulham side that dragged itself from the bottom division to the brink of the Prem. Good luck Simon, hope we'll see you back at the Cottage again soon.

UPDATE: Damn just as I hit publish there's an update from Bert Wijchen, a Dutch Fulham (and NEC Nijmegen) fan who regularly posts on TFi. He says "Ronald Koeman is staying at PSV Eindhoven; there was a terrible fight between him and the chairman because they lost almost a 11 points lead in the league but he will be for 100% staying there for one year" but "His brother Erwin left Feyenoord a couple of weeks ago and he is available. Feijenoord had a terrible season although it has not much to do with his manager skills but the lack of decent players.Erwin is a great guy; one of the people and Ronald has a more arrogant attitude". Oh well guess we'll just have to wait and see.

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