As I write, we are in the midst of a situation that causes great stress to many West Londoners. Fulham Football Club are in a dire position, struggling in the Premier League, being outplayed at home and seemingly lacking any will to fight a long and drawn out battle for safety. We cannot accept this anymore. I ask, just what is to be done?
For too long we have sat back and watched poor and passionless performances, winced at unnecessary red cards and gawped at an apparent inabilty to defend anything - no matter how basic or obvious.
How has this been allowed to happen to what was once such a proud club? Just a few years ago, us fans stood up in the Hammy End because we believed, we marched into Hamburg and left it forever painted black and white and we did all of this having stared relegation in the eye and told it no, not today.
Who at our wonderful club is willing to let this legacy become tainted? Tainted by poor management, by short sightedness and selfish needs. I, for one, am not.
But still, I hear you plead, what is to be done? Well, I stand tall and proud when I think back to what this club has managed to achieve and in order to get back to those heights we must embrace the elements of success that took us there in the first place.
First, we must start with the defence. Martin Jol and Rene Meulensteen must work with them and they must find a regular four - Sascha Reither - Brede Hangeland - Fernando Amorebieta - Kieran Richardson. These players must be encouraged, work as a unit every day and forge the perfect understanding. Amorebieta and Hangeland have to work together and communicate.
On from this must come another bank of four. We need the midfield to be organised and structured when we are not in possession of the ball. We are not short of warriors in the centre, Derek Boateng is a big man, while Steve Sidwell and Scott Parker know how to get stuck in.
Let them get stuck in. But the hard work has to come when we do not have the ball. A bank of four mirroring the defence should guard the Fulham penalty area whenever the opposition has the ball.
Our strong centre midfield cannot hold on its own, however. We need relief and this will come from the power and speed of players such as Alex Kacaniklic, Ashkan Dejagah, Pajtim Kasami and Na Bangna.
They must be there to aid the counter attack once our strong and organised defence has once more broken down another hapless opposition attack. From this counter attack, we must have pace and direct running. The wingers themselves cannot be solely responsible for the attack and therefore we must have the support of two strikers, one dropping deep and one moving behind the defence.
We must realise now that there is no 'flair' anymore, that we are in a battle. The boom times have been and gone and for the time being we must focus our communal efforts on securing the long term future of this club.
The club comes before any player and all players must be willing to sacrifice their place for the good of the club. Any egos should be sent to Shepherds Bush, this way and only this way will we can once again find the blank canvas on which to build a club that others will be envious of, that we can be proud of.
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