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I was catching up on my Football Weekly this morning and in Monday’s edition, the Guardian’s chief football correspondent Kevin McCarra revealed that Roy Hodgson’s response to Fulham’s defeat at the hands of Chelsea on Sunday was to walk into the post-match press conference and discuss Brian Glanville’s novel Dictators with the veteran football journalist.

McCarra, always an interesting writer, mused on just how many other Premier League managers might have done this having watched their side lose a local derby. Not many, I’ll bet. And that’s why Hodgson and Fulham are such a great fit. His intelligence (and not to mention his sportsmanship – in evidence again tonight) make him one of the most fascinating managers in the top flight.