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Good blog from the BBC’s Simon Austin on the importance of having a manager who might have seen it all before.

He says the following of our Roy:

Take Fulham’s Hodgson, the Phileas Fogg of English bosses. The 61-year-old has worked at 16 clubs in seven different countries during a management career spanning 33 years.

All that experience and know-how has been used to guide the Cottagers to the brink of European qualification, when many had tipped them to be battling relegation.

Someone in the comments says we’ve been lucky with injuries – as if that’s the only reason we’ve climbed all the way up to seventh place.