He could not have been their first selection, however Claudio Ranieri ought to assist Fulham keep away from the drop.
Brian Glanville: Claudio Ranieri Ought to Hold Fulham Up
Watching Fulham final Saturday finally climb off the underside of the Premiership, it was bewildering to suppose that the membership had come to Claudio Ranieri as their new supervisor solely as their fourth selection.
Earlier than him, they’d reportedly approached Arsene Wenger, who in his final 4 years at Arsenal had regarded like a busted flush. Subsequent they’d gone unsuccessfully to Leonardo Jardim, who has had success at Monaco, and Andre Villas-Boas, as soon as in cost each at Spurs and Chelsea.
Ranieri regarded and a greater guess than any of them, but it surely was considerably ironic to see him eulogised by Fulham proprietor Shahid Khan: “Claudio is danger free and prepared made for the Premier League. And significantly so for what we want at this second at Fulham. His latest physique of labor with Leicester Metropolis is actually legendary.”
Laborious to disclaim with Ranieri profitable the Premiership at Leicester towards enormous odds.
Ranieri will I feel take Fulham away from relegation. How ironic to see, after their £100million switch expenditure within the shut season, that one in every of their excellent gamers was the gifted left-footed midfielder Tom Cairney, who nonetheless captains the facet and acts as an unerring metronome.
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The present Gordon Taylor affair is a baffling fiasco. For many years he has been high banana unchallenged on the PFA, drawing a colossal wage; fortunately for him maybe as his personal playing money owed reportedly rose above £100,00zero.
The abiding thriller is that it has taken so lengthy to problem him. And that problem when it has so belatedly come emanates from an obscure participant who has barely held on to an expert deal.
Taylor himself has been the thing of bitter criticism from the daughter of Jeff Astle, who died so sadly younger from the cumulative results of heading the ball. I’ve nice sympathy with Astle’s household, however in mitigation of a form for Taylor, I nonetheless really feel that the one technique to cope with heading induced dementia is to ban heading altogether and might you think about that ever coming about?
Ray Wilson, Martin Peters and Nobby Stiles have all fallen pitifully to the manifest curse of heading, however how can the susceptibility of a participant ever be identified earlier than catastrophe strikes?
Second strips: it’s absolutely time for the right authorities to intervene and demand that away groups put on their right colors the place there is no such thing as a conflict with the opposition.
Why ought to Chelsea put on yellow quite than blue towards Spurs at Wembley? Why ought to Southampton discard their crimson and white stripes for a yellow strip at Craven Cottage?
Cash I assume is the ever decisive issue however with a lot of it swilling round, absolutely it can not on this case be important?
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