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Mohamed Al-Fayed will address Fulham’s players before their crunch relegation clash with Birmingham City this afternoon in a bid to get them all fired up.

The Egyptian owner asked manager Roy Hodgson if he could deliver a dressing room pep talk after the Whites’ stunning comeback at Manchester City last weekend kept their hopes of a miraculous escape from Premier League relegation alive. Hodgson was happy to accede to his chairman’s request, telling the Daily Mirror:

“Chairmen can make a positive impact on the players. They are not foolish, they know who the most important person at a club is and if he wants to speak to you, you’re all ears. When he told me he wanted to say a few words again I was very, very happy.”