Roy Hodgson has insisted that Fulham chairman Mohamed Al-Fayed derves a huge slice of the credit for the team’s recent upturn in fortunes.

He praised Al-Fayed for backing him in the two previous transfer windows with cash, first to ensure Fulham stayed up and then to build on that stunning achievement.

He also reminded the assembled press pack of Al-Fayed’s long-term commitment to a club that, whilst not quite on the brink of virtual extinction when he took over, weren’t heading for the Premiership either.

We are now trying to make Fulham a strong club in the Premier League and it is fantastic that the club has succeeded in staying in the Premier League for as long as it has – very much due to the efforts of our chairman.

He was one of the first to take over a football club, put a lot of money in and save it from virtual extinction, take it to the Premier League and keep it there.

He doesn’t get as much credit as he deserves, simply because like myself and the rest of the team, we are not attention seekers – we seek the attention when we play and we hope it is positive from the people who know what they are watching.