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Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 08:15:18 AM
 
Fulham Will Rekindle Andre-Pierre Gignac Interest

Fulham are keen to revisit a move for Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac when the transfer window reopens in January.

Gignac was at Craven Cottage on transfer deadline day and poised to ink a season-long loan deal with Martin Jol’s side.

However, Marseille’s move to replace Gignac with Juventus forward Amauri failed and this quickly led to the plug being pulled on the 25-year-old’s move to London.

Jol however has not given up hope of snaring his man – even if he will have to wait until January at the earliest to do it.

"We had the player here and thought we would get him on loan", said Jol, "but Marseille decided they needed him back.

"We have established a good relationship with the player and the club, so we will see what happens in the future."

Gignac himself has vowed to knuckle down at Marseille, despite a recent rift with coach Didier Deschamps.



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Title: Re: Sunday Fulham Stuff (11/09/11)...
Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 08:16:56 AM
 
CAN ROVERS KICKSTART AT THE COTTAGE?

For the Manchester teams, the international break came at exactly the wrong time, both sides were playing some vintage football and had managed maximum points from their opening games, for others however the break was much needed, Blackburn have not managed a point in their opening 3 fixtures and things aren’t much better for Fulham who have just 1 point from a possible 9.

The Lancashire side are in a bit of turmoil it is fair to say, from being comfortable under Sam Allardyce they now seem to be flirting with relegation.  They imploded somewhat last year after they were acquired by the Indian poultry people and their safety was not assured until the final climatic day of the season, things haven’t exactly improved after the Summer break however.  They strengthened whilst the transfer window was open, and obviously it will take time for these new players to bed down.  It was deadline day that perhaps brought the most well known names, capturing Scott Dann from Birmingham and Yakubu from Everton.

Whilst Dann is a great player, who, to be honest, I thought would move to a bigger club than Rovers, I am less certain about the Nigerian striker.  We all know how short Everton have been in the forwards department for the past couple of seasons, and the fact they allowed him to go on loan to Leicester in the Championship last season says quite a lot about the players current desire.  He was successful to be fair as part of Sven’s revolution at the Walkers Stadium, but I am unsure whether he still has the hunger to be a decent Premier League goal scorer.  Clearly he will offer experience as he has performed reasonably well in the top flight for years, but he certainly isn’t the savoir.

The biggest disapointment for Steve Keane so far will have been the opening day defeat at the hands of Wolves, they followed it up with a pretty conclusive defeat at Villa Park, and then a ridiculous defeat at home to Everton in which they missed 2 penalties.  To be fair they should have won that game, and that would have put them in a much healthier looking position.

For me the brightest spark has been the form of Canadian winger/striker Junior Hoilett, his ability to carry the ball, and beat his man is exciting and causes no end of problems for opposition defences.  The other good piece of news when the window slammed shut was that they managed to hang onto their defensive rock Chris Samba who I think will form a superb partnership with other new boy Dann.  Spirits seems high in the camp, well at least according to their manager and I think they can pick up a vital 3 points at Fulham this weekend.

Martin Jol and his men are already deep into their season because of their obligations in the Europa League, the match on Sunday will be their 12th game of the season and although they are going quite well in continental competition things haven’t been quite as rosy in the league.  They have to be fair played some more difficult opposition, but they seem to be having some problems dealing with the quantity of games, something as a Manchester City fan I can totally understand.  I have a lot of time for Fulham and with Jol in charge I think they will have a decent season once they get up and running in the league, but being knocked out of their European competition at some point could be a real blessing in disguise.
To get back on track however, Blackburn need to register a win, it is going to be a long hard season for the Lancashire team and I fear they will face a relegation battle all season.  Some pundits have tipped them for the drop, but I believe they can stay up, purely because I think there are teams worse than them in the league already.  The takeover of QPR however will probably make this a much closer race since they now seem to be putting together a team capable of safety.




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Title: Re: Sunday Fulham Stuff (11/09/11)...
Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 08:18:29 AM
 
Zamora and Ruiz set to start for Fulham

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Fulham v Blackburn
FULHAM boss Martin Jol has no fresh injury worries for tomorrow's clash at Craven Cottage.

Bobby Zamora and John Arne Riise have both recovered in time to face Rovers, while Matthew Briggs is expected to shake off a knock.

Jol is set to hand a debut to new signing Bryan Ruiz, but Orlando Sa and Zdenek Grygera are likely to have to settle for a place on the bench as the Whites look for their first league win of the season.

“It's early, but I feel every game is a must-win,” admitted Jol. “We want to be higher up in the league and do better than last year.”

Simon Davies (knee) remains sidelined.




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Title: Re: Sunday Fulham Stuff (11/09/11)...
Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 08:19:52 AM
 
Ruiz - Fulham going Dutch
Summer arrival reveals Cottagers to adopt new style of play

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Fulham new boy Bryan Ruiz has revealed that Martin Jol is trying to bring a Dutch football mentality to Craven Cottage.

Jol hopes that combining the physical approach of the English game with Dutch 'Total Football' will transform Fulham from mid-table to pushing for honours.

Ruiz looks set to make his Cottagers debut against Blackburn tomorrow, and arrives with a proven track record.

He was FC Twente's top scorer with 24 goals in their title-winning campaign in 2009-2010, as well as scoring a four minute hat-trick against Sparta Rotterdam.

And the Costa Rican is determined to make a similar impact in the Premier League, telling The Sun: "I have a desire to succeed at this level.

"The coach knows me well from his time at Ajax and has high hopes of me. He wants to develop a combination of English and Dutch football and that should be good for me.

"This is a new challenge for me and I am well aware of the demands of playing in England.




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Title: Re: Sunday Fulham Stuff (11/09/11)...
Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 08:20:51 AM
 
A First Sighting of Ruiz?

Fulham supporters will be turning up at Craven Cottage hoping to get a glimpse of our biggest signing of the transfer window, this Sunday.

It`s not often that Fulham splash as much as £10.6 million on one player but they did just that on the 26 year old Costa Rican, Bryan Ruiz, who has carved out something of a reputation in Dutch football.

Speaking ahead of the fixture with Blackburn Rovers, Martin Jol has give an insight into what Ruiz can bring to the side, Jol, having managed in Dutch football, is probably the ideal person to discuss the credentials of the striker, commenting,

"It was good to get him - he is probably the best player in the Dutch league."

"He was our prime target but a few other clubs wanted him but as soon as we had him in the building we never let him go again so he stayed with us."

"He trained for the first time with us on Wednesday and looked good. We had games of four against four and he scored three goals in six minutes so that was a good start."

"His favourite position is probably in the hole but in the Dutch league he played on the right."

"He wants to go inside all the time and look for the one-two`s and shot and prefers to play on the right. It`s a great quality to have if you can fill in three positions. He`s a bit like Damien Duff."

Will he start or will he come off the bench tomorrow?

That is the £10.6 million question!




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Title: Re: Sunday Fulham Stuff (11/09/11)...
Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 08:21:39 AM
 
Plan B!

Talking to the press, at his conference ahead of the fixture with Blackburn Rovers, Martin Jol gave an exclusive insight the capture of the Porto striker, Orlando Sa!

It appears that Sa may not have been the original target with that tag being stuck firmly on the Marseille striker, Andre-Pierre Gignac.

We`ll let Martin take up the story,

"As you know, the transfer window is a madhouse in England."

"Gignac wanted to stay but had to go back. First they said you can get him on loan and then they said, 'No we don`t have another player for him`, so they called him back." That was pretty annoying."

"Sa was our Plan B and he was waiting in the corridor. But I was very happy to give him more attention and the window has worked out well for us."

Not knowing that much about Sa, it remains to be seen what kind of impact he`ll have this season.




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Title: Re: Sunday Fulham Stuff (11/09/11)...
Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 08:22:31 AM

Doubling Up!

Since the end of last season there have been a lot of comings and goings at Craven Cottage.

But with the transfer window now firmly shut and not opening again until January, Martin Jol appears to be relatively happy with his squad, remarking in the media,

"I`m happy now with the squad."

"We have almost two players in every position. Maybe not like Manchester City or Chelsea but I think we did well."

Personally, I think the squad is stronger than that of last year.

Does anyone care to agree or disagree?




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Title: Re: Sunday Fulham Stuff (11/09/11)...
Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 08:23:55 AM
 
Fulham v Blackburn Preview: Steve Kean Ready to Be Judged

These two sides have amassed a measly total of just one point from their opening matches this season; a statistic neither manager will be pleased with.

The Fulham manager, Martin Jol, saw his side earn that point from a goalless draw with Aston Villa on the opening day of the season while there have been defeats at Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle.

Perhaps it was those two results that prompted the signing of striker Bryan Ruiz from FC Twente for the sum of £10.6 million in the transfer window.

Steve Kean has endured an even worse start, with Blackburn yet to register a single point after starting the season with three straight defeats.

That has resulted in calls for the removal of the Rovers manager from fans frustrated at the lack of progress since their team's narrow relegation escape at the end of last season.

While Fulham have been doing their best to boost their attacking threat, Blackburn's problems have been in defence.

Rather strangely, like Fulham they have played Aston Villa and Wolves, however on both occasions Rovers were on the losing end. Kean's side have also lost to Everton.

There were several new arrivals at Ewood Park in the transfer window as Yakubu, Scott Dann and Simon Vukcevic were recruited and could feature on Sunday.

Key Match-up: Bryan Ruiz v Chris Samba. The forward, Ruiz, arrived at Craven Cottage with a big reputation - and with a big transfer fee. There will be great interest to see whether he can repeat his free-scoring at Fulham. While playing in the Eredivisie for Twente, Ruiz scored 36 goals in 61 games and Jol's team need that firepower. It has been one area where Fulham have struggled in the past, particularly whenever Bobby Zamora is missing. Ruiz is likely to be given a rough ride by Samba. The towering defender remained with Rovers, despite plenty of speculation that he would join Arsenal in the transfer window. The centre-back will be instrumental in helping Rovers try to keep a clean-sheet.

Form Guide: Neither of these sides are in form. It could be argued that Fulham are marginally the better, having at least taken a point from their opening three games this season. In the past two years, the Whites have come off the better, beating Rovers 3-2 last season and 3-0 the year before that. Historically, however, Blackburn edge this battle with 34 victories to Fulham's 26.

Odds: Fulham 4-6, Blackburn 9-2, Draw 13-5

FULHAM
New signing Zdenek Grygera is looking forward to making his Premier League debut for Fulham against Blackburn.

The former Juventus and Ajax defender joined the Whites on transfer deadline day and is expected to slot-in to Jol's squad at right-back.

He told the club's website: "In the short time that I've been at Fulham I must say that everyone, from the players to staff, has been very welcoming. I feel really good and at home already.

"I'm really happy that I'm able to write another page in my career and experience something new. I think that I can bring a lot of experience to the team. I hope that everything will work out well here and that I will be able to provide something to the team.

"After having played for Ajax and Juventus, what's important for me now is to get used to English football and everything that is required from me to play well.

"The opportunity to play in the Premier League is a big thing for me. Now I want to concentrate on being here and doing well for Fulham in the Premier League.

"We've been working with a small group this week as a lot of players are away on international duty. There is a lot of quality in the squad."

Strategy: The new arrivals could mean that Jol is able to change his tactic. Ruiz is expected to become the focal point of their attack while Grygera will solve the problematic right back position. Brede Hangeland and Philippe Senderos will continue their partnership at the back in a 4-4-2 system that relies upon Danny Murphy and Steve Sidwell in the centre of midfield.

Injury Update: Zamora (ankle) could make an appearance from the bench however the game comes too soon for John Arne Riise (groin) while Simon Davies is a long-term casualty with a knee injury.

BLACKBURN
Kean wants fans to forget the last nine months and judge him on what happens from now on after assembling a team he believes can fire Rovers up the table.

Kean's reign at Ewood Park has been difficult, with pressure growing after five wins from 24 league games since his surprise appointment last December.

Rovers head for Craven Cottage without a point after losing the opening three games of the new campaign.

But Kean is confident his side can climb the table after drafting around £11 million of new talent since the last game with Everton ended in a 1-0 defeat.

Dann, Yakubu and Montenegro winger Vukcevic have all arrived in the past two weeks and are set to feature against Fulham.

"I can understand their (fans) frustration with results," said Kean.

"Three games in and we don't have any points on the board. "What I said was bear with us and judge us at the end of the transfer window.

"Now we've got a competitive squad. For a first time in a lot of years there's genuine competition for places at the back.

"We've got different types of players too. There's lots of different combinations and different types of strikers.

"I'm delighted with the squad and I honestly think it's stronger than it was last year.

"I'm very confident we can put points on the board and climb the table quickly."

Strategy: With a game against Arsenal next week, losing is not an option. Rovers simply have to kick-start their season on the banks of the River Thames. While Dann is expected to partner Samba in the centre of defence, fellow newcomers Yakubu and Vukcevic may have to be patient on the substitutes bench.

Injury Update: Morten Gamst Pedersen (hamstring) remains sidelined while Ryan Nelsen (knee) and David Dunn (hamstring) are doubts.




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Title: Re: Sunday Fulham Stuff (11/09/11)...
Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 08:25:21 AM
 
Ruiz reveals Fulham going Dutch
Fulham new boy Bryan Ruiz has revealed that Martin Jol is trying to bring a Dutch football mentality to Craven Cottage.

Jol hopes that combining the physical approach of the English game with Dutch 'Total Football' will transform Fulham from mid-table to pushing for honours.

Ruiz looks set to make his Cottagers debut against Blackburn on Sunday, and arrives with a proven track record.

He was FC Twente's top scorer with 24 goals in their title-winning campaign in 2009-2010, as well as scoring a four minute hat-trick against Sparta Rotterdam.

And the Costa Rican is determined to make a similar impact in the Premier League, telling The Sun: "I have a desire to succeed at this level.

"The coach knows me well from his time at Ajax and has high hopes of me. He wants to develop a combination of English and Dutch football and that should be good for me.

"This is a new challenge for me and I am well aware of the demands of playing in England."




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Title: Re: Sunday Fulham Stuff (11/09/11)...
Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 08:26:21 AM
 
Jol rubbishes Dempsey rumours

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MARTIN Jol insists Clint Dempsey never came close to qutting Fulham over the summer.

The USA star was linked with several clubs, with Arsenal rumoured to be interested in the £8million-rated 28-year-old, who has bagged 40 goals for the Whites since his switch from New England Revolution in 2007.

But boss Jol has played down speculation that Dempsey was set to leave Craven Cottage.

He said: “There wasn't a club coming in for him, a phone call or even showing interest and that was better because we don't want to sell him anyway.”



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Title: Re: Sunday Fulham Stuff (11/09/11)...
Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 08:27:22 AM

Jol still keen on Gignac
Cottagers have 'good relationship' with striker and club

Fulham boss Martin Jol has not ruled out another move for Marseille marksman Andre-Pierre Gignac when the transfer window reopens in January.

The French frontman was a key priority for Jol to bring to Craven Cottage and was close to wrapping up a loan deal on transfer deadline day.

However the Ligue 1 side pulled out of the deal after missing out on the signing of Juventus striker Amauri.

Despite the setback, Jol has hinted that he may put in a further bid for the 25-year-old in the New Year.

"We had the player here and thought we would get him on loan, but Marseille decided they needed him back," he told the Fulham and Hammersmith Chronicle.

"We have established a good relationship with the player and club, so we will see what happens in the future."




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Title: Re: Sunday Fulham Stuff (11/09/11)...
Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 08:28:30 AM
 
JOL SEEKS HOME COMFORTS

Fulham manager Martin Jol admits his side need to secure some points from Sunday's Barclays Premier League against Blackburn.

The Cottagers have been out of sorts in the league this season and have only managed to accrue one point from their first three matches.

Sunday's opponents Rovers have also started the season in poor fashion losing all the games and Jol has targeted a change of fortunes against the Lancashire side.

"I feel [the need to win] is probably the same as for the opposition," he said. "We need the points.

"It doesn't matter where you play, we need points and to get out of a situation where we are bottom of the league.

"All the teams that are there will tell you the same so they will try to win and we will try to get the result."

The Cottagers have struggled in their attempts to juggle league and Europa League commitments so far this campaign, with Jol admitting the west Londoners' poor start was mainly due to their threadbare squad.

The Dutchman subsequently bolstered the team with three new signings on August 31, bringing in Bryan Ruiz, Zdenek Grygera and Orlando Sa.

While Jol has expressed his delight at capturing the trio, he insists he will bed them into the squad slowly.

"I would have a worry playing all three of them on Sunday," he said. "We have got a good team and I wouldn't play all them. Why should I?

"We have a good team, especially at home."

He added: "I don't feel the programme helped, of course, because we played one home game - where I still think we should have had a win - and then we play three away matches.

"That is never easy and I think Fulham have won eight games in the last three years away from home so we have to do better in that respect."

Fulham's next Europa League tie is on Thursday against FC Twente, whom Jol bought Ruiz for £10.6million on deadline day.

The Costa Rica was targeted by several of Europe's elite and Premier League rivals Newcastle made a last-gasp swoop for the attacker.

Jol insists he never feared Ruiz would slip from his grasp and has warned the Fulham faithful that the 26-year-old will take a few weeks to bed in.

"Most of the people will tell you that Luis Suarez was one of the few that never had a problem [adapting to a new country]," he said.

"He fitted in straightaway but most of the other players will tell you that the tempo is a bit higher, the pace, the quality of the game is very good in England.

"It wouldn't be strange or awkward if they need a couple of weeks to gel with the other players.

"There was never a feeling that he would leave us or go somewhere else.

"Twente were good and everybody knows we have got the budget so everybody knows I am happy to stay within the budget with these four or five players."




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Title: Re: Sunday Fulham Stuff (11/09/11)...
Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 08:29:35 AM
 
Cottage boss bemused at Dempsey claims

Martin Jol has rubbished reports that Clint Dempsey was almost enticed away from Fulham during the summer transfer window.

The Cottagers boss has spoken out following speculation that the 28-year-old United States forward was the subject of an £8million deadline day swoop from Premier League rivals Arsenal.

Jol claims that there were no enquiries for Dempsey, who has scored 40 goals for the Londoners since joining in 2007 from New England Revolution. And the Dutch tactician also confirmed that they have no plans to let him go in the near future.

Jol said: "There wasn't a club coming in for him, a phone call or even showing interest and that was better because we don't want to sell him anyway."




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Title: Re: Sunday Fulham Stuff (11/09/11)...
Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 08:33:05 AM
 
Jol looks to cure Fulham's chronic away day blues with victory over Rovers

Fulham manager Martin Jol admits his side need to secure some points from Sunday's Barclays Premier League against Blackburn.

The Cottagers have been out of sorts in the league this season and have only managed to accrue one point from their first three matches.

Sunday's opponents Rovers have also started the season in poor fashion losing all the games and Jol has targeted a change of fortunes against the Lancashire side.

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Making a point: Jol's looking for a cherished away victory at Ewood Park

'I feel (the need to win) is probably the same as for the opposition,' he said. 'We need the points.

'It doesn't matter where you play, we need points and to get out of a situation where we are bottom of the league.

'All the teams that are there will tell you the same so they will try to win and we will try to get the result.'

The Cottagers have struggled in their attempts to juggle league and Europa League commitments so far this campaign, with Jol admitting the west Londoners' poor start was mainly due to their threadbare squad.

The Dutchman subsequently bolstered the team with three new signings on August 31, bringing in Bryan Ruiz, Zdenek Grygera and Orlando Sa.

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Reinforcement: Grygera (left) and Sa (right) have just arrived in the recent transfer window

While Jol has expressed his delight at capturing the trio, he insists he will bed them into the squad slowly.

'I would have a worry playing all three of them on Sunday,' he said. 'We have got a good team and I wouldn't play all them. Why should I?

'We have a good team, especially at home.'

He added: 'I don't feel the programme helped, of course, because we played one home game - where I still think we should have had a win - and then we play three away matches.

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Dutch courage: Ruiz has arrived in west London from Holland

'That is never easy and I think Fulham have won eight games in the last three years away from home so we have to do better in that respect.'

Fulham's next Europa League tie is on Thursday against FC Twente, whom Jol bought Ruiz for £10.6million on deadline day.

The Costa Rica was targeted by several of Europe's elite and Premier League rivals Newcastle made a last-gasp swoop for the attacker.

Jol insists he never feared Ruiz would slip from his grasp and has warned the Fulham faithful that the 26-year-old will take a few weeks to bed in.

'Most of the people will tell you that Luis Suarez was one of the few that never had a problem (adapting to a new country),' he said.

'He fitted in straightaway but most of the other players will tell you that the tempo is a bit higher, the pace, the quality of the game is very good in England.

'It wouldn't be strange or awkward if they need a couple of weeks to gel with the other players.

'There was never a feeling that he would leave us or go somewhere else.

'Twente were good and everybody knows we have got the budget so everybody knows I am happy to stay within the budget with these four or five players.'
 



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Title: Re: Sunday Fulham Stuff (11/09/11)...
Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 08:34:58 AM
 
Fulham v Blackburn

Jol seeks home comforts Fulham manager Martin Jol admits his side need to secure some points from Sunday's Barclays Premier League against Blackburn.

The Cottagers have been out of sorts in the league this season and have only managed to accrue one point from their first three matches.

Sunday's opponents Rovers have also started the season in poor fashion losing all the games and Jol has targeted a change of fortunes against the Lancashire side.

"I feel [the need to win] is probably the same as for the opposition," he said.

"We need the points.

"It doesn't matter where you play, we need points and to get out of a situation where we are bottom of the league.

"All the teams that are there will tell you the same so they will try to win and we will try to get the result.

" The Cottagers have struggled in their attempts to juggle league and Europa League commitments so far this campaign, with Jol admitting the west Londoners' poor start was mainly due to their threadbare squad.

The Dutchman subsequently bolstered the team with three new signings on August 31, bringing in Bryan Ruiz, Zdenek Grygera and Orlando Sa.

Fulham's next Europa League tie is on Thursday against FC Twente, whom Jol bought Ruiz for #10.

6million on deadline day.

The Costa Rica was targeted by several of Europe's elite and Premier League rivals Newcastle made a last-gasp swoop for the attacker.

Jol insists he never feared Ruiz would slip from his grasp and has warned the Fulham faithful that the 26-year-old will take a few weeks to bed in.

"Most of the people will tell you that Luis Suarez was one of the few that never had a problem [adapting to a new country]," he said.

"He fitted in straightaway but most of the other players will tell you that the tempo is a bit higher, the pace, the quality of the game is very good in England.

"It wouldn't be strange or awkward if they need a couple of weeks to gel with the other players.

"There was never a feeling that he would leave us or go somewhere else.

"Twente were good and everybody knows we have got the budget so everybody knows I am happy to stay within the budget with these four or five players.

" Blackburn boss Steve Kean has brushed off any implications of a letter from fans sent to the club's owners asking them to consider his position.

Rovers have zero points from their three Premier League games this season but Kean insists his signings at the end of the transfer window have strengthened the squad to a position where they can finish in the top half of the table.

Kean travelled to India last week to speak to the owners, poultry giants Venky's, but insisted it was a routine visit rather than a crisis meeting.

Asked about the letter from fans, the Rovers boss admitted he shares supporters' frustration.

Kean said: "It doesn't make me feel bad at all, I have a great relationship with the owners.

"I can understand the fans' frustration that we don't have a point on the board right now but I think it's a minority of the fans and we share that frustration that we have not got points.

"I would say bear with us, we said 'judge us at the end of the transfer window'.

"I think we now have a stronger squad than we had last year.

If we can start getting points on the board - and quickly - then the top half is certainly achievable.

"One win takes you halfway up the table and we are looking at going down to Fulham on Sunday and being positive like we were against Everton.

" Kean said his relationship with Venky's remained "excellent".

"Every time I go there [people suggest] it's a crisis meeting.

It just happens to be the same day every month," he added.

"It's not a crisis meeting.

They are very happy.

I go once a month, we sit down have a lot of conversations and the communication side between myself and the owners is excellent.

" New signings Yakubu, Scott Dann, Simon Vukcevic and Jordan Slew are all in the Blackburn squad for their visit to Fulham.

Morten Gamst Pedersen (hamstring) is out however, while David Dunn is doubtful, also with a hamstring problem.

Ryan Nelsen will be assessed to see if he has recovered from his knee injury.

Kean spent eight years at Fulham, first in charge of the academy and then as assistant to Chris Coleman.

"They have a great chairman [Mohamed Al Fayed] who has a put a lot into the club, I have great memories and I am looking forward to seeing some familiar faces," added Kean.




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Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 08:37:47 AM
 
INTERVIEW: Corrin Brookes-Meade – Former Fulham and AFC Wimbledon; now Ermis Aradippou

Cyprus is proving to be a very popular destination for Rosbifs this season, as James Drobka will be telling us over the coming season. To kick things off though, our man reporting on the Mediterranean island interviews one of the Englishmen plying his trade there: Corrin Brooks-Meade.

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If you put the name Corrin Brooks-Meade into Google, not a lot of information comes to light. What is found is that he was a promising Fulham youth keeper, who was then sent out on loan Darlington and AFC Wimbledon. Unforunatley he suffered a major knee injury in his first game for ‘The Dons’  and was substituted. Subsequently, he was sent back to Fulham for treatmeant. For the past three years though, Corrin has been playing in Cyprus for Ermis Aradippou.
This interview took place while Brooks-Meade was still a member of the Alki Larnaca squad. He since moved to Ermis.

Les Rosbifs: How did your move to Cyprus come about?
Corrin Brooks-Meade: The move came about when I left Fulham at the end of the20 07-08 season. I had a few options on the table and spent one month with Bournemouth and Yeovil Town. During my time at Bournemouth I thought I did very well and they were impressed with my training and games played. In the back of my mind, I was hoping another option would come up because Bournemouth had financial problems and were in administration.
During my last training week I had a call from an agent saying that Yeovil were keen to take me down there for one week, then I would sign as number two. I took this opportunityand told Bournemouth that Yeovil wanted me to go for a quick trial then sign.
However, due to some problems I didn’t sign a contract after a week and half of training at the club. On reflection I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t stay at Bournemouth because it was likely that I would have signed a contract with them. After two weeks of being at home, keeping fit, I got a call from an agent with a good enough offer in Cyprus. I thought to myself that there are many countries where I can progress and gain experience as a professional footballer and also fancied a change, so decided to take the offer.

How was the lifestyle change at such a young age? Do you enjoy living there? Settled?
The lifestyle for me was not too much of a problem because I am one that is open to new experiences and different cultures, and I just like to get out there in the world. I had left home at 17 and had been living alone from the age of 19, so in that respect nothing has changed except for the weather. It’s a lot hotter in Cyprus!
I really enjoy living here. It’s a lovely island and the people are really friendly. The lifestyle is really laid back and carefree, which suits me. Cyprus also has an interesting history which I have enjoyed exploring. I cannot forget about the beautiful beaches along the coastline. I have lived in Cyprus for nearly three years now, so I would consider myself settled. The next step is speaking fluent Greek.

What was the feeling like to win promotion to the 1st Division last season with Alki Larnaca?
The feeling was absolutely amazing – again -because I had won the same league when I was with Emis Arradippou the season before! So to win two consecutive league titles and to be part of this was  a great achievement that I will never forget. I have the medals on my shelf at home in England, reminding me of the achievements every time I go back home.

How passionate were the fans at Alki?
The fans at Alki were really passionate, like most fans in Cyprus. Football is close to most people’s heart over there so you can imagine the atmosphere at most games. Our fans may not pack out the stadium but however many are at the games, they are always making their voices heard. Our fans are always trying to keep us players on our toes because they will let us know if they don’t think that we are playing well!  Their expectations are high and they expect a certain standard of play from us week in, week out.

What would you say the standard is like compared to British football?
I would say that the standard compared to the English game is different.

You finished 10th this season. Was the target to stay in the top flight?
The plan for us last season was to finish inside the top half of the table and then after that, see how far up the ladder we could climb. But the game of football is never written in stone and it was difficult for us to reach our target due to not playing as good as we were capable of playing. We also struggled to keep our consistent good form in the majority of our games throughout the season. After just coming up from the second division last year it was really important for us to stay in the league, which we managed to do.

Who is the best player you have faced in Cyprus? And the best player at Alki?
Probably one of the best players I have faced in Cyprus  is Abdelkarim Kissi, who plays  for Achna. He is a defensive midfielder who can read the game brilliantly, breaking up a lot of opposition play, then starting off attacks. Also he has great vision, a range of passing with both feet and just a general calmness under pressure, which is amazing.  Abdelkarim was at Alki for a period so I know him quite well. He is an experienced player who likes to pass on his knowledge and help the younger players like myself and others.

What are your plans for next season?
My plans for the season are to go out on loan to a team in the same league or the league below to get a whole season’s worth of games to add to my experience as a goalkeeper. Last season I didn’t play any games, which was frustrating and hard for me. So this season I am at the stage now where I need to start playing regularly to prove my worth. It is always more frustrating for us keepers because we don’t usually get given our chance until a later age, due to experience and because it is a specialist position where you can’t just throw us on for the last 20 minutes of a game.

Do you still speak to any players from your time at Fulham?
Yes. I try to keep in contact with some players from my time at Fulham, but it is difficult because as a footballer it can take you all over the world. I still have contact with players like Robert Milson, who is still with Fulham;  Wayne Brown who is currently contracted with Bristol City; Yinka Casal, who was most recently contracted to Romanian side CFR Cluj and Ismael Ehui who is playing in Belgium. Facebook and Skype are wonderful things.

You have many different nationalities at Alki? What is the general language spoken?
Yes, we have the whole world in our changing room! The general language spoken is English, which I am happy about because it would take too much studying to learn all the different languages spoken in our camp! Last season we had Portuguese, Spanish, Brazilian, Venezuelan Polish players, to name a few.

Do you speak with Chris Dickson, currently at Nea Salamina Famagusta?
Yes I know Chris Dickson. We have met up on a few occasions for a game of pool or two. He is a good character and a really funny guy. He is also a dedicated professional who has helped Nea Salamina gain promotion back to the top flight.




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Title: Re: Sunday Fulham Stuff (11/09/11)...
Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 08:39:30 AM
 
Fulham Vs Blackburn Rovers, Sun 11 Sep 2011
Fulham Vs Blackburn Rovers: Match Preview

Fulham manager Martin Jol admits his side need to secure some points from Sunday's Barclays Premier League against Blackburn.

The Cottagers have been out of sorts in the league this season and have only managed to accrue one point from their first three matches.

Sunday's opponents Rovers have also started the season in poor fashion losing all the games and Jol has targeted a change of fortunes against the Lancashire side.

"I feel [the need to win] is probably the same as for the opposition," he said. "We need the points.

"It doesn't matter where you play, we need points and to get out of a situation where we are bottom of the league.

"All the teams that are there will tell you the same so they will try to win and we will try to get the result."

The Cottagers have struggled in their attempts to juggle league and Europa League commitments so far this campaign, with Jol admitting the west Londoners' poor start was mainly due to their threadbare squad.

The Dutchman subsequently bolstered the team with three new signings on August 31, bringing in Bryan Ruiz, Zdenek Grygera and Orlando Sa.

Fulham's next Europa League tie is on Thursday against FC Twente, whom Jol bought Ruiz for #10.6million on deadline day.

The Costa Rica was targeted by several of Europe's elite and Premier League rivals Newcastle made a last-gasp swoop for the attacker.

Jol insists he never feared Ruiz would slip from his grasp and has warned the Fulham faithful that the 26-year-old will take a few weeks to bed in.

"Most of the people will tell you that Luis Suarez was one of the few that never had a problem [adapting to a new country]," he said.

"He fitted in straightaway but most of the other players will tell you that the tempo is a bit higher, the pace, the quality of the game is very good in England.

"It wouldn't be strange or awkward if they need a couple of weeks to gel with the other players.

"There was never a feeling that he would leave us or go somewhere else.

"Twente were good and everybody knows we have got the budget so everybody knows I am happy to stay within the budget with these four or five players."

Blackburn boss Steve Kean has brushed off any implications of a letter from fans sent to the club's owners asking them to consider his position.

Rovers have zero points from their three Premier League games this season but Kean insists his signings at the end of the transfer window have strengthened the squad to a position where they can finish in the top half of the table.

Kean travelled to India last week to speak to the owners, poultry giants Venky's, but insisted it was a routine visit rather than a crisis meeting.

Asked about the letter from fans, the Rovers boss admitted he shares supporters' frustration.

Kean said: "It doesn't make me feel bad at all, I have a great relationship with the owners.

"I can understand the fans' frustration that we don't have a point on the board right now but I think it's a minority of the fans and we share that frustration that we have not got points.

"I would say bear with us, we said 'judge us at the end of the transfer window'.

"I think we now have a stronger squad than we had last year. If we can start getting points on the board - and quickly - then the top half is certainly achievable.

"One win takes you halfway up the table and we are looking at going down to Fulham on Sunday and being positive like we were against Everton."

Kean said his relationship with Venky's remained "excellent".

"Every time I go there [people suggest] it's a crisis meeting. It just happens to be the same day every month," he added.

"It's not a crisis meeting. They are very happy. I go once a month, we sit down have a lot of conversations and the communication side between myself and the owners is excellent."

New signings Yakubu, Scott Dann, Simon Vukcevic and Jordan Slew are all in the Blackburn squad for their visit to Fulham.

Morten Gamst Pedersen (hamstring) is out however, while David Dunn is doubtful, also with a hamstring problem. Ryan Nelsen will be assessed to see if he has recovered from his knee injury.

Kean spent eight years at Fulham, first in charge of the academy and then as assistant to Chris Coleman.

"They have a great chairman [Mohamed Al Fayed] who has a put a lot into the club, I have great memories and I am looking forward to seeing some familiar faces," added Kean.




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Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 08:41:36 AM
 
Riise makes it to Fulham after a 10-year detour

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John Arne Riise had a contrite phone call to make last week. It was to Egil Olsen, Norway's coach.

Riise apologised for having been out late with other internationals after his country's European championship qualifying victory over Iceland. The Norwegian media eagerly made a connection between the players' extended nocturnal celebrations and the defeat the team then suffered against Denmark four days later.

"I forgot the time," Riise told compatriot reporters.

Riise had a better excuse than some others. He was actually missing from the line-up because of injury, but should return for Fulham against Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League today.

He can expect some mild teasing from his club colleagues for the incident, and has been reminded in the Scandinavian press that his long and successful career has been punctuated by minor controversies of this sort.

The wing-back was once involved in an angry confrontation while on national team duty with the striker John Carew who, at 6ft 5ins tall, is not a man to pick a fight with.

There was also a reported clash at Liverpool with his then-colleague Craig Bellamy, whose reputation is considerably worse than Riise's on matters of uncontrolled aggression; Bellamy allegedly threatened Riise with a golf club.

Carew and Riise are now good friends. Peace and harmony, by all accounts, was also quickly restored with Bellamy.

Riise will turn 31 later this month. The footballer, at least, has gained a maturity that perhaps some of these stories do not obviously suggest.

He brings to the demanding role of the modern left-back high levels of energy and technique. Riise is physically imposing, a muscular presence in defence. Going forward, he has a ferociously powerful and accurate left foot. Riise's crossing was the principal asset sought by Martin Jol, Fulham's new manager, when he took over in the summer, mindful that in Bobby Zamora, he has a skilled target man in the penalty box.

Riise's game was already familiar to Premier League players and coaches.

He spent seven years at Liverpool, where he won the Champions League, an FA Cup and a League Cup. He survived a period of high turnover at Anfield, and came through several new arrivals at left-back and on the left of midfield with his first-team place secure.

"He's a smashing lad and a terrific footballer," said Phil Thompson, assistant manager at the club when Riise first arrived.

That was 10 years ago when, as it happens, he was supposed to be joining Fulham. Jean Tigana, the Frenchman, was the London club's manager at the time and knew Riise from Monaco, whom the flame-haired Norwegian had joined as a teenager.

Riise won a Ligue 1 title with Monaco. When Tigana offered him a future in the Premier League, with a newly promoted Fulham, he was eager. Scandinavian footballers typically are: English football has been followed closely there for generations.

But as Riise was scheduled to advance talks with Fulham, Liverpool pounced. He altered course for Merseyside and scarcely looked back. He scored a goal on his debut, the first in Liverpool's 3-2 victory over Bayern Munich in the European Super Cup. His fierce drives would bring a high yield of goals for a player who, under Gerard Houllier's management, generally played at full-back rather than in midfield.

He hit seven in 26 starts in his first season, and another half-dozen in each of the next two campaigns. Under Rafa Benitez's management, Riise more often found himself deployed further forward.

He once said publicly how he preferred aspects of Benitez's approach to that of Houllier.

Houllier remembered the remarks, and ticked Riise off when the former manager joined Benitez and the team as they celebrated the remarkable comeback that saw Liverpool beat AC Milan on penalties after trailing 3-0 in the European Cup final in Istanbul in 2005.

Riise moved to Roma in 2008. He became popular with supporters and rose to the big occasions. He scored important goals against Inter Milan, AC Milan and Juventus and was a galvanising figure in Roma's spirited push for the 2010 Serie A title, a bid that fell short only on the season's final afternoon.

But his certainty of a first-team place at Roma diminished with the wholesale changes at the Italian club during the summer. Luis Enrique, the new coach, had pushed for the recruitment of Jose Angel, the young Spanish left-back. Riise then learnt of Fulham's interest from a reliable source: his brother. Bjorn Helge Riise - right-footed and rather less celebrated as a footballer - has been at Craven Cottage for the past two years.

"I'd always admired John Arne as a player," Jol said at the elder Riise's presentation. The club had forgiven him his detour to Liverpool a decade ago.




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Title: Re: Sunday Fulham Stuff (11/09/11)...
Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 08:43:00 AM
 
Lee Dixon: Fulham v Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn look set to struggle this season and Lee Dixon believes their fortunes won't look any brighter after this trip to Craven Cottage.

The alarm bells are ringing for Blackburn but I think the emergency will continue at Ewood Park for a while yet. I certainly don't think their fortunes will turn around for this fixture.

Fulham have always been a solid force at home and Martin Jol has kept that going. I'm not saying that the genial Dutchman is in the Roy Hodgson mould, but there are similarities in their styles and approaches. It seemed like the right appointment at the time and, though there has been the odd poor result, that's still the case. The home fans should end up chanting his name by the end of this match anyway!

Match Odds

Put simply, the season already looks very bleak for Rovers. They were tipped by many to go down and haven't shown anything to suggest that won't be the case, although you could say they were unlucky not to pick up at least a point before the international break (they missed two penalties against Everton). The Opta stat on their start makes for grim reading: Blackburn have lost their opening three matches for the first time in the top flight since 1947/48.

They're in need of a big character to step up and give everyone a boost and some belief. Chris Samba could be that man. He didn't leave the club, though many were predicting he would, and now he needs to show his head's in the right place. But I don't think this is the game for Rovers to turn it around. I just can't see them scoring here while the home side are good for a goal at least.

For me, rather than get involved in the match odds, I will try to secure bigger winnings by backing a home win to nil at 3.0.

Under 2.5 Goals

The Cottagers are rarely prolific but with Rovers struggling to score they won't need to be. I like unders here with a 1-0 (7.4) or 2-0 (8.6) home victory enough to secure a payout.

First Goalscorer

I'm a big fan of Clint Dempsey - one of the finest Americans to play in our league in my opinion. He's great in the air, decent on the ground. More importantly though, he runs around like a nutter and I like that sort of player! Opta tells us that Dempsey has scored three goals in his last four appearances against Blackburn. He also scored a fortnight ago and I'm backing him to get his name on the scoresheet first against a team that is low on confidence.


Recommended Bets
Back Fulham Win to Nil @ 3.0
Back Under 2.5 Goals @ 1.91
Back Clint Dempsey to score first



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Title: Re: Sunday Fulham Stuff (11/09/11)...
Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 08:44:11 AM
 
Fulham vs Blackburn: Dempsey to be the bane of Blackburn again
Clint Dempsey has scored three goals in four appearances against Blackburn

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Blackburn have never in their lengthy history lost their opening four games of a new season, but there is a first time for everything and there is no coherent reason why they will take anything from their trip to Fulham.

Fulham’s start to the season has not been the best and the fact that they have had to qualify for the Europa League means that this is already their 12th match of the campaign.

However, they can call on the services of Clint Dempsey and Bryan Ruiz for the visit of Blackburn.

Dempsey opened his league account for the season with Fulham’s only goal at Newcastle and has netted three times in his last four games with Newcastle.

Meanwhile, Ruiz will not want to waste any time endearing himself to the Fulham fans following his big-money £10.6m switch from FC Twente.

Fulham are 8/11 in the Premier League odds to beat Blackburn, with Dempsey and Ruiz both available at 6/4 to score at any time within the 90 minutes.

The last time that Blackburn lost four times on the bounce was in December 2008 and it is 9/2 that they avoid a repeat of this sequence with a victory at Craven Cottage.

But they have lost seven of their last ten Premier League away games, with their only victory in this run being their 3-2 triumph at Wolves to secure their survival on the final day of last season.

Their chances of a first point of the campaign are boosted by Scott Dann, who should go straight into the first team to make his debut following his deadline-day move from Birmingham

Blackburn’s odds are 23/10 to draw with Fulham, which would also leave Fulham still seeking their first Premier League success of the season.



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Title: Re: Sunday Fulham Stuff (11/09/11)...
Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 08:45:25 AM
 
Jol targets first win

Fulham boss Martin Jol admits it is vital his side finally pick up a Premier League victory when they host fellow-strugglers Blackburn on Sunday (Fulham 4/6, Blackburn 9/2, draw 13/5 – Match Betting with bet365).

The Cottagers have had a difficult start to the season, picking up just a point from their opening three games, but take on a Rovers side at home on Sunday who have lost all three of their games so far.

With that in mind, Jol has targeted a win at Craven Cottage as his side aim to kick-start to their season (Fulham 7/1 to be relegated).

“We need the points. It doesn’t matter where you play, we need points and to get out of a situation where we are bottom of the league,” the Dutchman said.

“All the teams that are there will tell you the same so they will try to win and we will try to get the result.”

Jol made his move in the transfer window on deadline day when he bolstered his squad with three new signings, bringing in Bryan Ruiz, Zdenek Grygera and Orlando Sa, but he is unlikely to hand all three their debuts against Rovers on Sunday.



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Title: Re: Sunday Fulham Stuff (11/09/11)...
Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 08:46:41 AM
 
Jol targets Fulham win against old friends Twente

Fulham FC's Dutch manager Martin Jol comes up against his former side as FC Twente travel to Craven Cottage for their opening UEFA Europa League Group K game.

Fulham FC's Dutch boss Martin Jol will be up against his countrymen as the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League finalists take on FC Twente in their opening UEFA Europa League Group K game.

Previous meetings
• The sides are meeting for the first time in Europe and this is also Fulham's maiden experience of Dutch opponents.

• Twente are yet to win in 11 games against English sides, boasting the unenviable record W0 D4 L7 (W0 D1 L5 in England). Their two previous games in London ended in a 4-0 loss at Arsenal FC in the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round and a 4-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur FC in last season's UEFA Champions League group stage.

Match background
• Fulham have already played eight European games this season, since entering the first qualifying round through the UEFA Respect Fair Play system. They have won six of those and drawn two.

• The Cottagers are the only side to have made it all the way from the first qualifying round to the group stage this season.

• Fulham remain unbeaten in 20 European home games (16 wins and four draws) stretching back to their European debut, a 0-0 UEFA Intertoto Cup draw against FC Haka on 6 July 2002. They have won their last nine continental fixtures at Craven Cottage, where they have not conceded a goal in UEFA matches this season.

• Twente have gone four games (three defeats and a draw) without a win on their European travels since beating FC Rubin Kazan 2-0 in last season's UEFA Europa League round of 32.

Team facts
• Bryan Ruiz joined Fulham from Twente on transfer deadline day, but he is not eligible to play for his new club in the UEFA Europa League as he has already represented the Enschede side in Europe this season.

• Fulham's Dutch manager Martin Jol needs no introduction to Twente; he played for the club from 1979 to 1982.

• Jol and his Twente counterpart Co Adriaanse have been on opposite sides on numerous occasions: as players when Jol's ADO Den Haag side took on Adriaanse's FC Utrecht in the 1970s, and as coaches when Jol's Roda JC and RKC Waalwijk teams took on Willem II, AFC Ajax and AZ Alkmaar teams coached by Adriaanse.

• Adriaanse (2000-01) and Jol (2009-10) were both Ajax coaches at one stage in their careers.

• Twente's Nacer Chadli and Fulham's Moussa Dembélé are Belgian international team-mates. Dembélé also made his name in Dutch football with spells at Willem (2005-06) and AZ (2006-10).

• Twente's Denny Landzaat previously played in England for Wigan Athletic FC from 2006 to 2008.

• Fulham's Czech defender Zdeněk Grygera played in the Netherlands for Ajax from 2003 to 2007.



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Title: Re: Sunday Fulham Stuff (11/09/11)...
Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 08:48:47 AM
 
Beauty and the Beast

It’s Blackburn this Sunday and a great chance to put three points on the board. A fixture I remember fondly from our promotion year in 2000.

And if you were at the Cottage that autumnal October afternoon you will understand why. An encounter between two of the big guns for promotion had enticed down the Sky cameras for what promised to be a tasty affair. Fulham had made a perfect 100% start to the season under Tigana with nine wins from nine, while Blackburn managed by Graeme Souness also saw themselves as an ambitious side with the budget and pedigree to be back in the Premiership, which of course they had won in 1995.

The two managers offered the tv audience a compelling contrast along the touchline. Our magnificent Frenchman oozed style and panache, with Souness at any given moment looking ready to chin the next guy who stared at him a moment too long.

Never an easy man to interview, though I had managed it once in Monaco when Tigana was lifting the French title, our toothpick-chewing genius felt the game as intensely as any fan, but was a modicum of self-restraint and loath to show any emotion. Not so his adversary that day. It’s little wonder that the excitable Scot actually flew across the Atlantic right after the game to undergo corrective heart surgery.

The match itself was exciting enough, though not a classic. Rovers gave us a real test, taking the lead inside four minutes through Matt Jansen. We’d been sweeping all before us to this point, but it took a rather dodgy penalty from King Louis in the second half to maintain our unbeaten start and head the table.

What made the day memorable for me was that I escorted Miss Great Britain to the game and we were guests of honour of the chairman and his party. It was champagne all the way and best seats in the house. Well it was for the delectable lady. She was gently detached from your blogger by Max Clifford (then enjoying a short period in the sun as Mo’s PR retainer) and ensconced in the ‘royal box’ alongside al Fayed and his brother. Yours truly was two rows below. The real reason we were there was for Miss GB to make the half-time draw with David down on the pitch. I’d set the whole thing up knowing the game was on Sky. Miss GB (I shall refrain from naming her) I had actually spotted in my local shopping precinct with her mum. Of course, I had to approach her with the ‘hey baby, I can make you are a star,’ routine and found out she lived 15 minutes from my house. Actually, she didn’t need any help from me, was a really sweet and genuine girl, and we actually became friends. On occasion I was fortunate enough to accompany her to events when she needed an escort.

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Anyway, both TV and the tabloids gave us plenty of exposure out on the pitch, after which David suggested on the mike the fans might like to see Miss GB close up and ‘would you like her to make a lap of the ground?’ You can guess the response to that. She looked at me in a moment of panic and said would I escort her? Chivalry took over. I turned up the collar of my long black overcoat, slipped on my Ray-bans and with an appropriate (I hope) Pacino-esque scowl marched round the touchline behind the blond bombshell. The abuse heaped upon the ‘minder’ was in direct proportion to the wolf whistles and appreciation showered on our radiant guest. What a laugh. And I still have the pictures from the Sun to prove it all really happened…

It didn’t end there. After the game Mo whisked the little lady off to meet the players while I was left to make small talk with the sponsors and finish off the canapés. We departed with an open invitation to ‘attend any future games as we wished and the Chairman promised our local beauty a role as ‘Fulham’s new lucky mascot with promotional work at Harrods.

None of this came to pass of course. Four weeks later after a couple of phone rebuttals it was evident the Chairman had moved on to other targets. Michael Jackson perhaps was back on the line? Our moment had come and gone. But it had been a day to remember.

I’d be amused to hear from anyone in the crowd who remembers that day. Due to the shades a number of my buddies failed to recognize me out there…

I will be at the game Sunday, and not in disguise, nor sadly with the lovely lady herself. She married a local estate agent and now has three kids, her beauty pageant days a thing of the past. As to the game, Fulham at full strength, the new signings raring to go, Bobby hopefully back to his best, and Rovers everybody’s hot tip for relegation. Well, there can only be one result surely…can’t there???

THREE POINTS for the Whites to get us away from the foot of the table please. I will settle for 1-0 with a scruffy goal in the last ten minutes, but I fancy us to win by two or three. Blackburn are without Dunn, Pedersen and – crucially – Ryan Nelsen. They were on the slide when we last saw them in March and only a last minute pen (contentious too) from BZ got us the 3-2 win. We may need a strong ref Sunday too, it’s early in the season maybe but I already sense a hint of desperation in the Rovers camp.

Yes, footie is back. Hope you enjoy the game.



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Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 08:50:10 AM
 
Fulham manager Martin Jol eager to begin winning games after poor start to the season
The Dutchman has seen his charges start the campaign poorly, but with the aid of his three new signings believes they can pull a much-needed streak of victories together

Fulham manager Martin Jol has urged his team to begin a winning streak in the Premier League against Blackburn on Sunday.

The Cottagers have only picked up one point in their first three matches, whilst their opponents have lost all their games so far.

Jol believes his side can use Sunday’s match to catapult themselves into a healthy position in the table.

"It doesn't matter where you play, we need points and to get out of a situation where we are bottom of the league," Jol said according to the Daily Mail.

"All the teams that are there will tell you the same so they will try to win and we will try to get the result.

"I feel (the need to win) is probably the same as for the opposition. We need the points."

The Cottagers have struggled with a lack of depth in their team and also trying to juggle Premier Leaue games with Europa League matches.

The Dutchman had no choice but to add players to his squad on deadline day, purchasing Bryan Ruiz, Zdenek Grygera and Orlando Sa.

While the signings have been an encouraging sign, Jol concedes they will not all feature straight away.

"I would have a worry playing all three of them on Sunday," he said. 'We have got a good team and I wouldn't play all them. Why should I?"

"We have a good team, especially at home.

He added: "I don't feel the programme helped, of course, because we played one home game - where I still think we should have had a win - and then we play three away matches.

"That is never easy and I think Fulham have won eight games in the last three years away from home so we have to do better in that respect.

Fulham’s next Europa League game is against FC Twente – the team Jol captured Ruiz form – but believes the Costa Rican will take some time to settle in.

"Most of the people will tell you that Luis Suarez was one of the few that never had a problem [playing in a new league]," he said.

"He fitted in straight away but most of the other players will tell you that the tempo is a bit higher, the pace, the quality of the game is very good in England.

"It wouldn't be strange or awkward if they need a couple of weeks to gel with the other players.

"There was never a feeling that he would leave us or go somewhere else.

"Twente were good and everybody knows we have got the budget so everybody knows I am happy to stay within the budget with these four or five players."




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Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 08:51:42 AM
 
New broom Ruiz plans to sweep Fulham to the top


Bryan Ruiz, the Costa Rican striker, is Fulham's star summer signing. Back home he is known as La Escoba (The Broom) or La Comadreja (The Weasel), bizarrely complimentary nicknames referring to his slender appearance and ability to steal and keep the ball in tight situations. Now the £10.6 million transfer deadline-day signing from the Dutch side FC Twente is waiting to see what name the Fulham fans come up with for him after his debut against Blackburn Rovers this afternoon.

He is confident he can live up to their expectations and help deliver a first win of the season for the manager, Martin Jol, because he claims he thrived under the pressure when Steve McClaren made him Twente's record signing two years ago. Ruiz, 26, rates McClaren as one of the best coaches in football, a long way from his tarnished reputation as England manager.

The former Middlesbrough manager successfully reinvented himself in the Netherlands, where he was named manager of the year for leading Twente to their first Eredivisie title at the expense of Jol's Ajax. It was a feat he could not have achieved without the goals and skills of his Costa Rican signing.

Ruiz explained: "McClaren has been a big influence. When I was playing for Ghent in Belgium and had the chance to go to Twente I wasn't sure because they were not one of the best clubs in Holland. But he convinced me to go there because he said he knew me and my qualities and I could do well and make my next step in a few years. So I went and he really changed me.

"In the first year with him I scored 24 goals and we were champions for the first time in the club's history, so his influence on my career is great."

Ruiz, who has 43 international caps, appears to have similar faith in Jol, who convinced him to sign for Fulham despite a late bid from Newcastle. And he hopes that having pipped Jol to the title in Holland by a point they can now join forces to make a success of things in west London.

With Blackburn and Fulham both chasing their first win of the season and Ruiz yet to visit Craven Cottage, it could be an interesting day for the protagonists, with fellow deadline- day signings Orlando Sa from Porto and the former Juventus defender Zdenek Grygera likely to start on the bench.

Ruiz, who will be cup-tied when his new team-mates face his former Twente colleagues in the Europa League on Thursday, concluded: "I always wanted to play in the best league in the world and Martin Jol convinced me Fulham was the right club. He wants to combine the Dutch style with the English and he thinks I can do that here. It is up to me now."

Fulham v Blackburn is on Sky Sports 1 this afternoon, kick-off 4pm



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Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 08:52:48 AM
 
Ruiz makes Fulham vow

BRYAN Ruiz insists he can handle the pressure of being Fulham's big-money signing.

The Whites splashed out more than £10million on the Costa Rican on transfer deadline day, fending off late competition from Newcastle United for the 26-year-old's signature.

Ruiz smashed 24 goals as FC Twente romped to the Dutch title in 2010, pipping Martin Jol's Ajax to the championship.

And he is set to be handed his Fulham debut in tomorrow's clash with Blackburn Rovers at Craven Cottage.

“When I went to Twente from Genk I was the most expensive player,” said Ruiz.

“It was big pressure but I just tried to do my job. I like this kind of challenge.

"I have a desire to succeed at this level.

"The coach knows me well from his time at Ajax and has high hopes of me. He wants to develop a combination of English and Dutch football and that should be good for me.

"This is a new challenge for me and I am well aware of the demands of playing in England."



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Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 08:53:39 AM
 
Up next: Blackburn Rovers (h)
by DAN on SEPTEMBER 11, 2011

Must win games seem to come round earlier than usual these days. It used to be that managers were given a year – or two – to settle into a new job, evaluate the side and introduce their new signings. The pace just isn’t that leisurely in the Premier League nowadays. Steve Kean, once Fulham’s academy director and then Chris Coleman’s assistant, has been under pressure almost ever since he replaced Sam Allardyce at Ewood Park after Blackburn’s colourful new owners made the first of several surprising decisions. Martin Jol might not have reached the same level of scrutiny as Kean, who was predictably installed as the favourite to be the first manager removed this season, but his sluggish start at Craven Cottage needs arresting – and fast.

Fulham perhaps played their best football of the campaign up at Newcastle a fortnight ago but failed to take anything from the game. Alarming defensive lapses – and an anonymous attack – have eroded the pre-season feelgood factor within weeks of Jol’s arrival. The Dutchman did at least restore the natural order of things to Fulham’s back four up at St. James’ Park, although new arrival Zdenik Grygera may replace Chris Baird at right back this afternoon. The signing of Bryan Ruiz, whose transfer came at the end of a fraught deadline day, has at least given the Fulham faithful greater reason for optimism. The Costa Rican winger didn’t make it easy for us all though: there was a rumour he was headed to Newcastle late in the piece on deadline day and then his participation this weekend was placed in doubt by a delay to his work permit. Fulham rushed their fitness coaches out to Madrid to keep him in shape and Ruiz responded with six goals in three minutes during his first full training session.

Whether Ruiz will start against Blackburn later on today remains to be seen. He’s had only a handful of training sessions with his new team-mates but the temptation to throw the new signing straight in must be heavy. Jol’s side have looked woefully short of invention in the opening weeks of the season – lacking a goal threat at Wolves in particular – and Ruiz’s pace and trickery, although untested in the Premier League as yet, would certainly provide Bobby Zamora, who should return to the starting line-up after an ankle injury, with the kind of service upon which the Fulham talisman can feast. Jol will have to earn his money in deciding who should make way for Ruiz and which system would best suit his side. A form of the 4-2-3-1 upon which the new manager seems to have settled would allow Jol to shoehorn most of the club’s creative talent into one eleven, even if Moussa Dembele might have to start from the bench.

Blackburn will be just as desperate as the Whites to right their poor start to the new campaign. He’ll have his new signings to choose from as part of the match-day squad at Craven Cottage. Scott Dann looks a shrewd purchase to shore up the leaky Rovers defence and the former Birmingham man should go straight into the side alongside the powerful Chris Samba at centre back as Ryan Nelsen faces a fitness test on his knee injury. Morten Gamst Pedersen, a scorer at Aston Villa and frequent scourge of Fulham, is missing with a hamstring injury, whilst a similar problem could rule out midfielder David Dunn.

The rest of Kean’s summer arrivals are all available for selection. Jordan Slew, who was interesting Fulham at one point in the summer, and Yakubu arrived on deadline day to supplement Blackburn’s attacking resources. Montenegrin midfielder Simon Vukcevic came in without too much fanfare, despite a significant transfer fee, an eye for goal and a successful career on the continent to his name. He could make his debut against Fulham and add some more creativity to an already industrious Rovers midfield.

The Glaswegian has spoken in the run-up to this game about the happy memories of his eight years at Fulham, although many believe it was Coleman’s reluctance to replace Kean with a more experienced sidekick that hastened the popular former skipper’s departure. Kean will be hoping for a morale-boosting win, if only to convince those fans that have reportedly written to Venky’s asking the owners to show him the door that he deserves more time. Fulham will view this fixture as an ideal opportunity to kickstart their season ahead of two tough tests next week: Twente on Thursday and Manchester City’s visit next weekend. Anyone underestimating Rovers, though, should recall how close they came to leaving the Cottage with a point last season. It promises to be another nervy afternoon.

MY FULHAM XI (4-2-3-1): Schwarzer; Baird, J.A. Riise, Hughes, Hangeland; Etuhu, Murphy; Duff, Dempsey, Ruiz; Zamora. Subs: Etheridge, Senderos, Gygera, Sidwell, Kasami, Dembele, A. Johnson.



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Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 08:54:55 AM
 
FULHAM V BLACKBURN: RUIZ IS A BROLLY

FULHAM’S £10million new boy Bryan Ruiz is set to make his Premier League debut today . . . hailing England’s so-called “Wally with the Brolly” as a hero.

As far as the Costa Rican striker is concerned Steve McClaren, the man England fans still love to hate, is up there with Muhammad Ali.

Ruiz said: “To me he is the greatest. The best coach I have ever played under. What he did with me and FC Twente is legend.”

Ruiz scored 36 goals in 61 games after the former England coach lured him to Dutch side Twente from Gent.

It was a four-minute Ruiz hat trick against Sparta Rotterdam, the fastest ever in Holland, that persuaded Fulham boss Martin Jol to sign him. And Ruiz admits one of the main reasons he joined Fulham is because Jol reminded him of McClaren.

Ruiz said: “I know Mr McClaren’s reputation went down somewhat after England but I wouldn’t be where I am today if it hadn’t been for him.”



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Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 08:56:52 AM
 
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Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League and Sunday's final game as Fulham host Blackburn at Craven Cottage. Both sides are still looking for their first league wins of the season having scored just three goals between them. Email me your thoughts on the match at dan.ripley@dailymail.co.uk or contact me on twitter @Ripinho.
 
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Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 08:58:33 AM
 
FULHAM v BLACKBURN
MATCH STATS AND FACTS


Fulham have scored at least twice in five of their last six league games at Craven Cottage.

Clint Dempsey has scored three goals in his last four appearances against Blackburn.

The Whites have found the net three times in their last two games at home to Rovers.

Blackburn have lost only two of their last 10 games against Fulham, although they have been beaten on their last two trips to Craven Cottage, conceding a total of six goals.

This fixture has not produced a goalless draw since 1983 when the sides met at Ewood Park in a Division Two game.

Martin Jol's men have lost only one of their last 10 PL matches at home.

Blackburn are on a run of three straight league defeats, they have not lost four in a row since December 2008 under Paul Ince.

Fulham have used only four substitutes in the top-flight this season, fewer than any other side.

Fulham have kept clean sheets in 10 of their last 16 competitive games (including Europa League qualifiers). However, they have conceded four goals in their last two league games.

This will be their 12th match of the season.

Fulham's only home league defeat in 2011 is their 5-2 loss to Liverpool on 9 May.

Damien Duff needs one more goal to reach 50 in the Premier League.

Rovers have lost their opening three Premier League games for the first time.

The last time they began a top-flight season with three successive defeats was in 1947-48, when they were eventually relegated. That year they drew their fourth game 0-0.

Victory would give Rovers their 300th away win in the top flight.

Blackburn have lost seven of their last 10 away league games (W1, D2, L7). Their only win was the 3-2 victory at Wolves on the final day of last season.



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Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 08:59:40 AM
 
Here to Impress
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Bryan Ruiz will make his first trip to Craven Cottage on Sunday afternoon ahead of Fulham's match against Blackburn Rovers (KO 4pm) and after securing his move to SW6 the former FC Twente star is focused on adapting to the pace of the Barclays Premier League as quickly as possible.

“It’s a very nice feeling to be at Fulham,” said Ruiz. “What I felt here [when I arrived] was really great and to have the confidence of the Manager was really great. I think I took the right decision and I hope I can do really well here. I expect a lot from myself this season.

“I’ve joined a Club where the manager knows me as well which is very important. He was a big influence. I didn’t know a lot about Fulham so when I came here but Martin Jol spoke to me and he really convinced me about the way he works and the way he wants the team to play.

“It’s a big challenge but I know he wants me in his team and that’s important for me. It’s up to me now – I wanted to come and show my qualities.

“I know the Premier League is a very strong and fast League. I’ll do my best and show my quality here and I want to help us achieve the best possible position we can. I’ve already had two training sessions this week and it’s more dynamic [than in Holland].

“I’m playing in the Premier League now and it’s the best league competition in the world. That has always been a dream for me and I’ve joined a club that is growing.

“I know it’s going to be harder than Holland and I have to adapt fast. It might be really hard in the beginning but I will do my best to adapt as fast as I can."

Ruiz believes he will not be affected by the weight of expectation following his move to Craven Cottage, and revealed ahead of Sunday's game that he previously thrived on being FC Twente's record signing when he took the Dutch League by storm.

“I don’t think about it [pressure] – I just play the best I can," said Ruiz. "I like the kind of challenge when there is pressure. I’m the kind of guy who likes to take responsibility and I like the pressure.

“I know Fulham paid a lot for me but it was same when I went to Twente. It was the most expensive transfer for Twente at the time and it was big pressure but I just tried to do my best."

 Ruiz is capable of playing in a number of attacking positions and is hoping he will get the chance to impress Fulham's supporters at Craven Cottage on Sunday, on what will be his first visit to SW6.

“I’m not a number nine player. I won’t score 40 goals a season but I will score goals and provide assists. I like to play on the left or right side or number ten. The manager knows I can play in those positions.

“I hope I can play [against Blackburn] but I’m not sure whether I will or not. I’m excited to be playing my first ever Premier League match and whether I play one minute or ninety, I’ll do my best.

“I really don’t know the stadium yet as I haven’t been there yet, but I hear it’s very nice. It’s a traditional stadium but that’s what makes it nice – I will see on Sunday!"

Ruiz is not only adapting to a new way of life on the pitch, but is also finding his feet off the pitch as he gets used to his new surroundings in West London. One thing is for sure, Ruiz is a man determined to repay the faith showed in him by Fulham and the Club's supporters in double quick time.

“London – it’s a new city and a new experience and challenge for me. Everything is on the opposite side including the cars! It’s nice to have a new experience and I’m looking forward to starting my career here and living my life here.

“I’ve received so many messages and I have to thank all the people that are supporting me. I will give more than 100% for them because I know they are expecting a lot from me – but I expect a lot from myself."




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Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 09:00:21 AM
 
Pay on the Gate

Fulham return to Barclays Premier League action this afternoon against Blackburn Rovers at Craven Cottage. Fulham fans wishing to attend today's game can purchase their tickets at the gate. The match will kick-off at 4pm.

U16s tickets for today's game can be purchased at the gate for just £5 whilst adult tickets are priced from £30.

Every child attending this afternoon's match will be entitled to collect their own “Come on you Whites” banging stick to help cheer their team on!

Families that get down to the Cottage early will be able to treat their children to a Kids Meal deal which will include a mini hotdog, Capri Sun drink, Freddo bar and a packet of crisps for only £4.00.

Billy the Badger will be on hand before the game and we are delighted to welcome the Surrey FA along with Epsom Eagles and Claygate Royals.

At half-time fans are encouraged to stay in their seats and witness the next generation of Fulham players as the Academy’s U10s deliver a skills demonstration. We’ll also be hearing from former player and Academy Manager Kit Symons.



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Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 09:01:44 AM
 
Ruiz raring to go
by DAN on SEPTEMBER 11, 2011

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There are plenty of interviews with Bryan Ruiz floating around this morning. Our new signing is profiled extensively on the offal, which perhaps gives an indication that the club expect him to play a big part this afternoon.

It’s a very nice feeling to be at Fulham. What I felt here was really great and to have the confidence of the Manager was really great. I think I took the right decision and I hope I can do really well here. I expect a lot from myself this season

I’ve joined a club where the manager knows me as well which is very important. He was a big influence. I didn’t know a lot about Fulham so when I came here but Martin Jol spoke to me and he really convinced me about the way he works and the way he wants the team to play.

Ruiz says he’s excited about the opportunity to play in the Premier League.

It’s a big challenge but I know he wants me in his team and that’s important for me. It’s up to me now – I wanted to come and show my qualities.

I know the Premier League is a very strong and fast league. I’ll do my best and show my quality here and I want to help us achieve the best possible position we can. I’ve already had two training sessions this week and it’s more dynamic [than in Holland].

I’m playing in the Premier League now and it’s the best league competition in the world. That has always been a dream for me and I’ve joined a club that is growing.

I know it’s going to be harder than Holland and I have to adapt fast. It might be really hard in the beginning but I will do my best to adapt as fast as I can.

The Costa Rican says he won’t be bothered by the £10.6m that Fulham paid FC Twente for his services. He’s used to pressure of a big fee after his arrival in Holland.

I don’t think about it [pressure] – I just play the best I can. I like the kind of challenge when there is pressure. I’m the kind of guy who likes to take responsibility and I like the pressure.

I know Fulham paid a lot for me but it was same when I went to Twente. It was the most expensive transfer for Twente at the time and it was big pressure but I just tried to do my best.

He also does his best to play down expectations as to his goalscoring, but there’s a cheeky little confidence there as well.

I’m not a number nine player. I won’t score 40 goals a season but I will score goals and provide assists. I like to play on the left or right side or number ten. The manager knows I can play in those positions.

I hope I can play [against Blackburn] but I’m not sure whether I will or not. I’m excited to be playing my first ever Premier League match and whether I play one minute or ninety, I’ll do my best.

The Sunday papers have picked up on Ruiz’s appreciation for former England coach Steve McClaren, who took him to Twente from Gent and took the Reds to the first league title in their history.

McClaren has been a big influence. When I was playing for Ghent in Belgium and had the chance to go to Twente I wasn’t sure because they were not one of the best clubs in Holland. But he convinced me to go there because he said he knew me and my qualities and I could do well and make my next step in a few years. So I went and he really changed me.

In the first year with him I scored 24 goals and we were champions for the first time in the club’s history, so his influence on my career is great.



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Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 09:02:45 AM
 
Jol wants win
by DAN on SEPTEMBER 11, 2011

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Martin Jol is desperate to get a first league win under his belt and end Fulham’s poor start to the season against Blackburn Rovers this afternoon.

Fulham have just one point from three games – having lost their two away matches at Wolves and Newcastle – and will kick-off against Rovers with both sides in the relegation zone. Jol knows that he needs to get some wins on the board.

It doesn’t matter where you play, we need points and to get out of a situation where we are bottom of the league. All the teams that are there will tell you the same so they will try to win and we will try to get the result. I feel (the need to win) is probably the same as for the opposition. We need the points.

Jol has revealed that he doesn’t expect to start all of his new signings this afternoon. Bryan Ruiz is probably most likely to start, whilst Zdenek Grygera and Orlando Sa could start from the bench.

I would have a worry playing all three of them on Sunday. We have got a good team and I wouldn’t play all them. Why should I? We have a good team, especially at home.

The Fulham boss believes that Fulham’s start to the campaign hasn’t been helped by two successive away games and admits the Whites will need to improve their dire record away from Craven Cottage.

I don’t feel the programme helped, of course, because we played one home game – where I still think we should have had a win – and then we play three away matches. That is never easy and I think Fulham have won eight games in the last three years away from home so we have to do better in that respect.

Jol has also sought to play down people’s expectations of Ruiz, insisting that the Costa Rican may need time to adapt to the demands of English football.

Most of the people will tell you that Luis Suarez was one of the few that never had a problem. He fitted in straight away but most of the other players will tell you that the tempo is a bit higher, the pace, the quality of the game is very good in England.

It wouldn’t be strange or awkward if they need a couple of weeks to gel with the other players. There was never a feeling that he would leave us or go somewhere else. Twente were good and everybody knows we have got the budget so everybody knows I am happy to stay within the budget with these four or five players.



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Title: Re: Sunday Fulham Stuff (11/09/11)...
Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 09:04:51 AM
 
Why Garry Cook will be instantly forgotten and Blackburn fans are finally waking up and smelling the chicken

Garry Cook is gone and will be instantly forgotten.

He left Manchester City with typical gracelessness. He refused to apologise for the distress caused to a cancer sufferer.

Cook lied, but portrayed himself as a victim of “significant personal focus”. He was no media martyr, merely a liability in a high profile business.

He exposed himself, as a foolish man who compromised his club’s values.

City, and the wider football community, will not miss him.

Bye Bye Brother.

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Simon Mullock;s Manchester City column: Why Garry Cook hasn't been the victim of a media witch hunt 

***

Blackburn fans are in revolt. They’ve had enough of the cartoon capers of their club’s owners Venky’s.

They’re calling on them to sack Steve Kean.

Understandable, given the prospect of another damaging defeat at Fulham today.

One question, however.

What kept you, people?

Some of us have been leading from the front for a while.

***

Managers can be desperados. One is notorious for ­tapping up chairmen of rival clubs. Another literally chased a ­director around a car park.

But Lawrie Sanchez broke an ­unwritten rule by touting himself for Nigel Worthington’s job as Northern Ireland boss. Worthy gets the most out of limited ­resources.

Sanchez’s behaviour challenges his ­credibility, considering he walked away from Northern Ireland to join Fulham.

It begs the question of his commitment to his job as Barnet manager.

He will live to regret it.

***

Ignore the simpering clowns in ITV’s commentary box.

The rugby world will relish England’s embarrassment.

They were arrogant, ignorant, and incompetent against Argentina.

Wearing all black, in New Zealand was an unnecessary heresy. It may have made the marketing monkeys happy.

But why make the simple mistake of being so easy to hate?

***



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Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 09:06:12 AM
 
New Fulham signing credits McClaren with his career rise

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If Bryan Ruiz makes a stunning debut against Blackburn today, Fulham fans can thank the unlikely figure of Steve McClaren.

Fulham’s attacking £10.6m Costa Rican credits the tainted former England boss as the being the biggest influence in his career.

And it was the help and advice of McClaren, now struggling at Nottingham Forest, that made him such a major Premier League target this summer.

The former England manager re-established his reputation in Holland when he steered FC Twente to a league title in 2010.


Ruiz explained: “McClaren has been a big influence. When I was playing for Gent in Belgium and had the chance to go to Twente I wasn’t sure because they were not one of the best clubs in Holland.

“But once I spoke to him he convinced me to go there because he said he knew me and my qualities and I could do well and make my next step in a few years. So I went and he really changed me.

“In the first year with him I scored 24 goals and we were champions for the first time in the club’s history so his influence on my career is great.

“I have heard his reputation went down a bit here but as a person and a manager I think he is really good; one of the best trainers I have come across in my career. He can see many things, things not everyone can see and I think he is still a really good trainer.”

Ruiz scored a Dutch record four-minute hat-trick during that memorable Dutch season when Twente pipped Martin Jol’s Ajax to the title by a single point.

From rivals in the Netherlands to colleagues in west London, Fulham boss Jol describes Ruiz as “the best player in Holland’ and his star signing is confident he will help his new club to a first win of the season.

The likeable 26-year-old, who turned down Newcastle to sign for Fulham, added: “I know Fulham have paid a lot, but it was the same when I went to Twente as their most expensive transfer and it was big pressure.

“I just tried to do my best, as I did with Gent in Belgium. I am a guy who likes to take responsibility and I like that pressure.

“I always wanted to play in the best league in the world and Martin Jol convinced me Fulham was the right club. He wants to combine the Dutch style with the English and he thinks I can do that here."




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Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 09:08:07 AM
 
Fulham    v    Blackburn

By Jonathan Pearce
BBC Match of the Day commentator


Barclays Premier League
Venue: Craven Cottage Date: Sunday, 11 September Kick-off: 1600 BST Coverage: Watch live on Sky Sports 1 and highlights on Match of the Day 2; listen on BBC Radio 5 live and local radio; text commentary on BBC Sport website and mobiles

TEAM NEWS
Fulham could give debuts to new signings Bryan Ruiz, Zdenek Grygera and Orlando Sa.

Simon Davies remains sidelined by a knee injury, while the Londoners will assess John Arne Riise, who returned from injury on international duty.

Blackburn are without midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen because of a hamstring problem, while Ryan Nelsen and David Dunn are rated doubtful.

New signings Yakubu, Scott Dann and Simon Vukcevic could make their debuts.

MATCH PREVIEW
History could be made at Craven Cottage. Blackburn have never lost their opening four league matches since helping found the Football League in 1888. They have already made their worst start since 1947-48 ,when they were relegated. And unless Fulham win, it will be the Londoners' worst Premier League start. Early pressure is rising.

But both managers need time to bed in the new arrivals. Fulham have strengthened their defence with 31-year-old Zdenek Grygera. But it's at the other end where they needed support for Andrew Johnson and Bobby Zamora, who got the winner in this fixture last season with an 89th-minute penalty.

The £10.6m spent on Costa Rican Bryan Ruiz is a big gamble, but he scored 33 goals in 61 league games in two very good years at FC Twente and I'll take Fulham to start moving up the table quickly, even if the Europa League campaign will be a drain.

Clint Dempsey has a good scoring record in this fixture. If he plays, don't be surprised if he gets the winner. Only Liverpool have notched an away league win at the Cottage this year and I can't see Rovers pulling it off. They've only kept one clean sheet on their travels in 22 games, and 12 points from their last 17 matches is relegation form.

Scott Dann is an excellent signing who will shore up their defence. Serbian midfielder Radosav Petrovic went into the 2010 World Cup with top clubs chasing him, while David Goodwillie had enough talent to be named Scotland's Young Player of the Year. And Montenegro international Simon Vukcevic rediscovered his form at Sporting Lisbon after tantrums at Saturn in Russia.

But can Steve Kean harness that talent and answer the biggest riddle of them all? Will he be able to turn Yakubu into the bustling striker he was before his 2008 Achilles injury? If he can, Rovers have a goalscorer to steer them away from danger. It's a big if!

MATCH FACTS
Head-to-head

Blackburn have lost only two of their last 10 games against Fulham, although they have been beaten on their last two trips to Craven Cottage, conceding a total of six goals.
This fixture has not produced a goalless draw since 1983 when the sides met at Ewood Park in a Division Two game.
Fulham

Fulham have kept clean sheets in 10 of their last 16 competitive games (including Europa League qualifiers). However, they have conceded four goals in their last two league games.
This will be their 12th match of the season.
Fulham's only home league defeat in 2011 is their 5-2 loss to Liverpool on 9 May.
Damien Duff needs one more goal to reach 50 in the Premier League.
Blackburn

Rovers have lost their opening three Premier League games for the first time.
The last time they began a top-flight season with three successive defeats was in 1947-48, when they were eventually relegated. That year they drew their fourth game 0-0.
Victory would give Rovers their 300th away win in the top flight.
Blackburn have lost seven of their last 10 away league games (W1, D2, L7). Their only win was the 3-2 victory at Wolves on the final day of last season.



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Post by: White Noise on September 11, 2011, 09:54:13 AM

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Fulham boss Jol set to re-ignite interest in Malbranque

 
Sep 11 2011


by Dave Kidd, The People


FULHAM boss Martin Jol will re-ignite his interest in Steed Malbranque after the midfield man terminated his contract with French club St Etienne.

Jol, who signed Malbranque from Fulham for Spurs in 2006, had enquired about signing the Frenchman this summer and will look into the option again now the player is a free agent.

He was a firm favourite at Fulham for five years as the London club established themselves in the Premier League.

Malbranque, 31, left Sunderland at the end of last season and had been at St Etienne for only a fortnight before he suddenly quit.

Rumours spread that he had left to care for a son who was suffering from cancer but Malbranque does not have a son.

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Fulham's new signing Ruiz turned down Toon to join Jol's revolution


Sep 11 2011


by Dave Kidd, The People


BRYAN RUIZ gave Fulham a whirl – because he prefers Martin Jol to Geordie choppers.

Jol completed his first big-money capture as Craven Cottage chief with a £10.6million deal for FC Twente star Ruiz on transfer deadline night.

The swoop was put in jeopardy when Newcastle sent down a helicopter to try to steal the hitman.

Yet boss Jol laughed off the last-minute threat from Newcastle, claiming Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed ‘has a bigger chopper than the Magpies’.

And Costa Rican Ruiz reckons his head was never going to be turned by the Toon antics.

Ruiz, 26, said: “I heard about the helicopter. Newcastle were interested but I had a good feeling about Fulham and wanted to stay here. Martin Jol was a big influence on me. He told me he wants to combine the English and Dutch styles and he knows how I can fit into the team.

“I can play as a No.10, a second striker, or on the left or right flank. I’m not a No.9 but I’ve always scored goals. I know people are expecting a lot from me here because Fulham have spent a lot of money on me.”

Ruiz, who is likely to make his debut against Blackburn today, broke Jol’s heart two years ago – he was the 24-goal top-scorer for Steve McClaren’s FC Twente when they pipped Jol’s Ajax side to the Dutch title.

Ruiz recalled: “There was just one point in it between Twente and Ajax that season. Martin Jol did well because he got 85 points in a 34-match season but Twente had 86. It’s unbelievable in Holland that you can have 85 points and not be champions.

“It was one of the best memories of my life, it was the first title in Twente’s history. I think the moment was not so nice for Martin but I hope it’ll be good for us together here at Fulham. He must have seen something he liked in me.

“Steve McClaren was very influential on me. I was at Gent in Belgium and wasn’t sure about going to Twente as they were not one of the top clubs in Holland but he convinced me and in the first year, I scored 24 goals and we were champions.

“He’s one of the best coaches I’ve worked with even though I know his reputation may have gone down a bit over here.”

Ruiz, cup-tied for Thursday’s Europa League qualifier against his old side Twente, won fame in Holland for scoring the fastest hat-trick in Dutch League history.

He said: “It was strange. It was against Sparta Rotterdam, we needed to win but it was 0-0 at half-time. Within four minutes of the second half, I’d scored three. Certainly the greatest four minutes in my career.”

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Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 12:10:04 PM
 
Jol: Fulham need points as much as Blackburn Rovers

Fulham manager Martin Jol admits his side need to secure some points from today's Barclays Premier League against Blackburn Rovers.

While Rovers have started the season in poor fashion, losing all the games, the Cottagers have only managed one point from the first three matches.

Jol said: "I feel [the need to win] is probably the same as for the opposition.

"We need the points.

"It doesn't matter where you play, we need points and to get out of a situation where we are bottom of the league.

"All the teams that are there will tell you the same so they will try to win and we will try to get the result."



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Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 12:11:15 PM
 
Back Dempsey to mark milestone with goal
Clint Dempsey has scored 4 goals in his last 5 games against Blackburn and has odds of 11/2 to break the deadlock today.

As the golden statue of the King of Pop stares forlornly beside a Craven Cottage that has had little to cheer about this season, the stadium’s inhabitants Fulham might “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” just like Jacko.

With just one goal in three games so far this season, Fulham’s fortunes are in stark contrast to their celebrated 2010/11 campaign, but the visit of Blackburn Rovers brings hope given the home side has scored in every fixture the teams have played at the Cottage since 2004.

Indeed, these two sides haven’t played out a goalless draw dating back to 1997, with 15 goals in the previous five encounters, and this points towards there being plenty more on Sunday.

One player who thrives in this tie is Clint Dempsey, who has netted four in five against Rovers. Therefore it would be a poignant personal tribute for the American to score on a day that his homeland reflects on 9/11. He is priced at 8/5 to score at any time and looks the Cottagers’ best bet as their lone goalscorer for the fledgling season.

If you’re feeling a bit bolder, then backing him at 11/2 to be the first scorer will net you £162.50 from your £25 free bet, which is available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account.

Considering that Blackburn allowed in more second half goals than any other team in 2010/11, backing Dempsey to be the game’s last scorer at the same oods also pays dividends.

However, the form book points to a slow start for the Londoners. Last term Fulham conceded 26 goals of their 39 overall in the opening 45 minutes, while the Yorkshire visitors allowed in just 15 in the same time-frame.

With that in mind Blackburn are not to be discounted and it could be an unlikely source that gets them off the mark on the road. Congolese star Christopher Samba simply relishes these match-ups and the towering 6 ft 4 ins defender has been the first scorer on two occasions against the Cottagers. He is attractively priced as an outside punt, coming in at 18/1.

While prolific compared to other defenders in the Premier League, given that he has just 14 goals to his name since his move to England in 2007 a safer bet would be on Samba to score at any time at 51/10.




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Title: Re: Sunday Fulham Stuff (11/09/11)...
Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 12:12:37 PM
 
BLACKBURN BOSS TO COME AWAY FROM FULHAM FEELING JOLLY

Post transfer window matches can throw up surprises as players and squads settle down and none more so than Steve Kean will hope his side can cause an upset at Craven Cottage.

The pressure has been on the Blackburn manager from day one and without a win he will need to get some points on the board soon. Blackburn have never lost their opening four league games, and as one of only four clubs to have won the Division it's a testament to how far they have fallen.

Fulham have brought in 31-year-old Zdenek Grygera and the £10.6m Bryan Ruiz, which could turn out to be a very shrewd gamble. The Costa Rican has scored 33 goals in 61 league appearances for FC Twente and looked quite handy at the Copa America. Steve Kean was also busy, he picked up the highly rated David Goodwillie and the Montenegro international Simon Vukcevic. So there is a level of uncertainty about both sides which could create an exciting encounter.

Craven Cottage is no stranger to last minute drama. Theo Walcott saved Arsenal's blushes last season with an 89th minute strike to help salvage fourth place for the Gunners. Also last season Fulham managed to get a draw against Man Utd with an 89th minute strike. So we are offering another superb Match Winner were we are enhancing the price of any goal to be scored in the last 10 minutes from 6/4 to 7/4.

The home side are understandably favourites at 4/6 to come away with three points. This will be their 12th match of the season, which has included Europa League games. Blackburn are 9/2 to take all points but it must be noted that although they have lost their last two games at Craven Cottage, they are the only two of their last 10 games that have ended in defeat.

Yakubu is going to be a big target for Rovers if he starts, this is probably the biggest gamble on the pitch. If he can recapture his form pre 2008 when an Achilles injury blighted his career he could be a revelation for Blackburn. The big center forward is 9/1 to score first and 10/3 to bag a goal at anytime.

A new signing also leads the market for Fulham in terms of first goal scorer, Ruiz is a lot shorter at 9/2 to star his Fulham career off the perfect way. You can also back him at slight odds against, 6/5, to score anytime.

This could be a low scoring game, Fulham have only netted once in their last three competitive games, all ended in losses. Blackburn on the other hand have four goals to their name, but three of them came against Sheffield Wednesday in the Carling Cup, so how much of a yard stick that can really be remains to be seen. The unders are priced accordingly at 7/10 for under 2.5 and 9/4 for under 1.5.

For me a handicap draw at 5/2 with Fulham minus a goal looks to be a good bet as I can't see Fulham running away with the game, but I also can't see Blackburn winning.




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Title: Re: Sunday Fulham Stuff (11/09/11)...
Post by: whitejc on September 11, 2011, 12:13:34 PM
 
PREM: FULHAM v BLACKBURN

Fulham manager Martin Jol admits his side need to secure some points from today's Barclays Premier League against Blackburn Rovers.

While Rovers have started the season in poor fashion, losing all the games, the Cottagers have only managed one point from the first three matches.

Jol said: "I feel [the need to win] is probably the same as for the opposition.

"We need the points.

"It doesn't matter where you play, we need points and to get out of a situation where we are bottom of the league.

"All the teams that are there will tell you the same so they will try to win and we will try to get the result."

Jol must be wishing he'd never bothered returning to the Premier League on the evidence of what he's seen so far. The former Tottenham manager has seen his team score only one goal, and he will be praying that his hitman Bobby Zamora will be fit enough to play after an ankle injury alongside new signing Bryan Ruiz.

Early signs are that manager Steve Kean has a monumental battle to keep Blackburn up. Blackburn brought in a few new faces during the transfer window, including the central defender Scott Dann and the striker Yaubu, and has to hope that they will make a positive impact.

In truth though, Blackburn have been desperately unlucky - they squandered not one, but two penalties against Everton and they led at Villa before conceding late goals.

Rovers biggest transfer plus though was keeping Samba to play alongside Dann. Morten Gamst Pedersen and David Dunn are both suffering from hamstring injuries, but Dann and Yakubu should make their debuts for the club and Samba looks set to strat after missing games with injury.

Against Fulham's shot shy team (even less of a threat if Zamora is ruled out) Blackburn's new look defense may be able to keep a clean sheet away from home and give them a platform to build from. Even a point will be enough to save Keane for now, despite news in the People today that unless he wins he is out. That is not what we hear from the Rovers camp.

Keane was given the office to bring in new players, and we believe he will be given five or six games to see how this changes their performances.




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