They say sometimes that no news is good news. It’s nearly a fortnight since Roy Hodgson took over at Liverpool and Fulham’s pre-season plans have been entrusted to Ray Lewington. Whilst I’ve got plenty of time for Lewington as a lovely guy and faithful club servant, you’d hope that Fulham were making plans behind the scenes to make an appointment.
The biggest fanfare has surrounded Sven-Goran Eriksson, but nothing tangible has materialised regarding the appointment of the former England, Mexico and Ivory Coast head coach despite whispers that Fulham were hoping to unveil the Swede this week. Apparently, the club are feeling hamstrung by Sven’s wage demands.
Plenty of other names have been thrust into the ring – most intriguingly two of Eriksson’s counterparts at the recent World Cup in Bob Bradley and Ottmar Hitzfeld.
Bradley’s spell as successor to Bruce Arena as the American national team coach certainly aroused passions amongst the US supporters – but Fulham’s sizeable Stateside fanbase will be better-placed to comment on his candidacy than myself. Given his CV, Hitzfeld’s the tantalising option and one media outlet has gone as far as to suggest that he has indicated to Fulham chief executive Alistair Mackintosh that he would be interested in taking a Premier League job.
In the meantime, Lewington has to prepare the squad for their first pre-season friendly at Brentford tomorrow night. It’s certainly right that the club should consider all their options fully rather than rushing into an appointment, but equally the new man should be given enough time to work with the players during pre-season and reshape the squad prior to the firing of the starting gun in August.