Hallo and goodbye

Posted by Phil Mison

Elsad Zverotic is the latest addition to the Fulham squad.APElsad Zverotic is the latest addition to the Fulham squad.

Before we get back into the swing of things and start sending out the positive energy for Saturday's visit of West Brom, we must embrace the bigger picture of the global game and congratulate both Costa Rica and the USA for cementing their places at next year's World Cup in Brazil. Fulham fans keep an eye on both nations for obvious reasons - plus it helps take our minds off the execrable boredom of watching England stumble over the line.

Just who is that unimaginative old codger in charge? Three Lions on our chest? I've seen more aggression from my pet gerbil, he having been voice-trained to maniacally shred his bedding every time I whisper 'Chelsea' through the bars of his cage. That ultra-cautious old codger at the helm of the England team could learn a lesson or two from our own manager at Fulham. Oh, well, maybe not…

And that man Dempsey is still blasting his penalties too close to the keeper I notice.

It's been a while since we chatted I know. But with our heroes sitting one place outside the bottom three after three worryingly flat performances and no major moves made in the final days of the transfer window, there has been precious little to get excited about - unless you are one of the loyal season ticket holders still fuming at the installation of new TV cameras in front of your seat. Disgraceful. Terms yet again being dictated by the leviathans of TV to the detriment of fans who actually bother to turn up and pay good money through the turnstiles.

We must say welcome to our new man Elsad Zverotic, a man I must confess I'd never heard of before last week. Once again Fulham's target proves to be a player tipped by not one single football writer. Is he any good? Let's hope so, because our squad is too thin to carry many more duds.

And it's farewell and good luck to Kerim Frei. Now this one is harder to call. Did the club fail to develop his talent? Will he go on to really show us what a diamond we have missed? Or is a return of £3 million a decent return at a time when we still seem to be counting every pound? Watch this space. I sense apprehension on this issue - you have to say he was never given a run in the side, or talked up the way Jol seems to salivate over Mesca's potential.

I've been spending some time with an old colleague this past week around Europe, a TV journalist with Dutch TV. He has plenty to say on our beleaguered manager, but as all forums have wrung just about every nuance of the 'should he stay or should he go' debate over the past three weeks, let's hold off on the manager's credentials for now.

There will certainly be a considerable edge to Saturday's match-up, with both teams badly in need of a decent result. One of the sides went out with clear intent to add some firepower however last week, and it certainly wasn't Fulham. We'll take a close look at the Baggies and our own potential line-up later in the week.

The table doesn't make enjoyable reading for either manager, and I've no doubt for both sets of supporters Saturday can't come soon enough. Can you feel the tension building already

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