Poll

So who has been FFC's best manager?

Bedford Jezzard
7 (2.2%)
Alec Stock
11 (3.5%)
Malcolm MacDonald
29 (9.1%)
Ray Lewington
1 (0.3%)
Micky Adams
26 (8.2%)
Kevin Keegan
7 (2.2%)
Jean Tigana
74 (23.3%)
Chris Coleman
2 (0.6%)
Roy Hodgson
119 (37.5%)
Slavisa Jokanovic
39 (12.3%)
Other
2 (0.6%)

Total Members Voted: 159

Voting closed: November 15, 2019, 09:46:45 AM

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Re: Greatest Fulham Manager Ever
« Reply #20 on: November 08, 2019, 01:48:44 PM »
Having watched all of their teams regularly there is no doubt in my mid , it just had to be the magnificent and understated Beddy Jezzard.  He achieved promotion to the top flight in his first season as manager and then kept us in the top flight for the next five seasons on a shoestring budget.
He must be our longest serving manager, hard to think of another who stayed in the position longer.

The Fulham manager that did the longest stint was Phil Kelso. But well before any of our time. Manager from 1909 to 1924.

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Re: Greatest Fulham Manager Ever
« Reply #21 on: November 08, 2019, 01:58:06 PM »
As a kid first going and watching the 82 side (i'd been for about 5/6 years before but remember little), i was impressed by the football we played, but probably too young to really realise what a great job MM and Harford did. Adams was very close to making top 3 and I feel guilty for not including him as I had such a good time that season following us around. But quality was low compared to the 3 below IMO.

My first choice would be Hodgson. Whilst the football could be bland and unexciting at times (especially away from home) as a manager you couldn't deny that he produced a team much much greater than the sum of its parts. Really the Europa final journey will probably never happen again to a club of our size or to a squad of players that included Bjorn Helge Riise, Jonathan Greening, Keanu Marsh Brown, Stephen Kelly and Fred Stoor. To get what he did out of that bunch (with a good deal of quality, cheaply assembled) was nothing short of miraculous.

Second would be Tigana as that was breathtaking at points that season we went up. I've not seen any side as dominant as that Fulham team at points that season. I liked his approach, his style of play, his recruitment and his results.

Lastly would be Slavisa- for two reasons; 1) the unbeaten run. Just incredible that the team managed to remain unbeaten for so long and play some exhilarating football along the way. 2) Wembley. Sadly I'd always said I'd not go to the new wembley until Fulham played there. I was a regular at the old one and thought I'd never ever get the chance. Such a good day with dad, uncle, cousin, nephew and son all there. As my boy said when he went off to sleep that night "Daddy, I'll never, ever forget today". That's what we're all in it for- those rare moments of something memorable and special.

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Re: Greatest Fulham Manager Ever
« Reply #22 on: November 08, 2019, 02:09:39 PM »
As a kid first going and watching the 82 side (i'd been for about 5/6 years before but remember little), i was impressed by the football we played, but probably too young to really realise what a great job MM and Harford did. Adams was very close to making top 3 and I feel guilty for not including him as I had such a good time that season following us around. But quality was low compared to the 3 below IMO.

My first choice would be Hodgson. Whilst the football could be bland and unexciting at times (especially away from home) as a manager you couldn't deny that he produced a team much much greater than the sum of its parts. Really the Europa final journey will probably never happen again to a club of our size or to a squad of players that included Bjorn Helge Riise, Jonathan Greening, Keanu Marsh Brown, Stephen Kelly and Fred Stoor. To get what he did out of that bunch (with a good deal of quality, cheaply assembled) was nothing short of miraculous.

Second would be Tigana as that was breathtaking at points that season we went up. I've not seen any side as dominant as that Fulham team at points that season. I liked his approach, his style of play, his recruitment and his results.

Lastly would be Slavisa- for two reasons; 1) the unbeaten run. Just incredible that the team managed to remain unbeaten for so long and play some exhilarating football along the way. 2) Wembley. Sadly I'd always said I'd not go to the new wembley until Fulham played there. I was a regular at the old one and thought I'd never ever get the chance. Such a good day with dad, uncle, cousin, nephew and son all there. As my boy said when he went off to sleep that night "Daddy, I'll never, ever forget today". That's what we're all in it for- those rare moments of something memorable and special.

Thank you. The reasons for the votes and stories behind them are probably more of a reason to do this than the votes themselves. I've tried to put mine down on a previous reply and would love to hear about other peoples


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Re: Greatest Fulham Manager Ever
« Reply #23 on: November 08, 2019, 02:26:37 PM »
This was a lot more difficult than i expected!
My heart immediately said Cookie - my favourite FFC manager and who guided us to our (then) highest ever top flight finish (the win at Old Trafford!?)
But on further reflection he didn't even make the top 3, nor Tigana despite that incredible season.
As many have already said, that day at Wembley earns Slav his place, fulfilled a lifelong ambition to see my club play (and win) at Wembley and then Roy and Micky Adams for the same reasons that have already been stated
Feeling quite nostalgic now! Bring on the Brummies!

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Re: Greatest Fulham Manager Ever
« Reply #24 on: November 08, 2019, 02:31:36 PM »
1. Hodgson
2. Adams
3. Tigana

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« Reply #25 on: November 08, 2019, 04:10:19 PM »
Buckingham's name should be nowhere near this list!


Exactly! Instead of Bedford Jezzard?!  :doh:

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Re: Greatest Fulham Manager Ever
« Reply #26 on: November 08, 2019, 04:12:16 PM »
Interesting, I have actually selected Keegan as I just like the guy so much, such a positive person who has nearly always produced postive football, once he has the chairman's support.(I have his biography on audiobook, a very good listen).

We were such a good fit for him at the time really, a rich but underdog / small club. I think if England had not come calling we could have seriously done big things. I do think we missed out big time there, and I think Keegan was never the same after the England job kind of depressed him.

"Would love it" 😊 if he came back

Roy is the proven one of course, an amazing few years.

Tigana in the third position

A Poll for worst manager ever is due I guess, for me it's hat Nutty German we had the name of whom I have scalded from memory.... And Ranieri must be up there, sadly.

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Re: Greatest Fulham Manager Ever
« Reply #27 on: November 08, 2019, 05:17:02 PM »
Malcolm McDonald
Jean Tigana
Kevin Keegan

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« Reply #28 on: November 08, 2019, 05:36:18 PM »
For me this can’t just come down to rational analysis, it’s also about emotion.  On that basis number 1 is Roy because I have never been so proud as I was during that sublime run to the final in Europe. Even today I look at the list of teams that we put out and shake my head in disbelief.  No other manager has ever achieved anything like it at Fulham and I doubt any manager ever will.
I know Micky Adams, he’s a top bloke and the turn around he delivered was the start of the renaissance of our club so he gets a vote.
Finally it comes down to Super Mac and JT,. Both are obviously worthy but for the sheer thrills of Jean Tigana’s promotion season I have gone with him.
Beddy Jezzard was no doubt a great manager and certainly a great player but my memories are too distant these days.


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Re: Greatest Fulham Manager Ever
« Reply #29 on: November 08, 2019, 05:49:53 PM »
Super mac no brainer. he had the most impressive/thrilling football I have ever seen with no money and a squad of about 14 players. The one touich football was out of this world and the team was way better than the sum of its parts.

Roy, Keegan. JT and Slav are not to be sneezed at but had the advantage of rich chairmen that splashed the cash. I am not sure they could have done what Supermac did... The win away at newcastle, the win at home to leeds and others where stunning. This was a team made from nothing but founded on a top class back four of hopkins, gale brown, lock. they complemented each other, worked well as a unit and had both toughness and a delicacy of skill. Lock was a supreme left foot dead ball specialist and penalty taker and gale was the cliosest thing to moore i can remember us having and also a top right footed free kick taker... shame he messed up at home v leicester backing off when he should hav eclosed down in that defeat, but other than that brilliant.

tigs purchased who he wanted, but getting saha was a master stroke. roy was arguably the greatest and we wll loved him, but the football was not thrilling, it was built on strict adherence to 4 4 2 and very little scope for breaking from the scrript. that is why he did not like bullard or Kamara and yet thiose two were so instrumental in the great escape.

So for me Supermac,l but I did love JT, Roy and KK too, plus one or two others.

Oh No
I forgot mr adams, i need to be thrashed with an away teams football lace.
mr adams almost as good as mac because he was truely impoverished!

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Re: Greatest Fulham Manager Ever
« Reply #30 on: November 08, 2019, 06:55:55 PM »
Had to go Tigs 1st, Roy & Supermac.

Lets not forget it was Tigana that not only played great football but turned the playing side of the club upside down, making them a truly modern entity with the helo of Damiano & Propos.

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Re: Greatest Fulham Manager Ever
« Reply #31 on: November 08, 2019, 08:01:43 PM »
Roy Hodgson without a doubt.
Followed by Tigana

Heady days indeed



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Re: Greatest Fulham Manager Ever
« Reply #32 on: November 08, 2019, 09:56:13 PM »
You left out Dicks

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Re: Greatest Fulham Manager Ever
« Reply #33 on: November 08, 2019, 10:04:59 PM »
And Bobby Robson and Johnny Haynes

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« Reply #34 on: November 08, 2019, 10:06:42 PM »
...and Dodgin


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« Reply #35 on: November 08, 2019, 10:13:14 PM »

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Re: Greatest Fulham Manager Ever
« Reply #36 on: November 08, 2019, 10:38:30 PM »
For me it has to be Roy. Every team has its special games that live long in the memory, but this was a whole campaign against all odds. It makes me sad to see how far we've fallen since then when we could really have progressed. Slav has been a shining light in that darkness, and a bright one at that but I fear we're a long way from the end of the tunnel.

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« Reply #37 on: November 08, 2019, 11:24:35 PM »
Our best four club managers are Micky Adams (taking over in 4th Tier), Malcolm Macdonald (taking over in 3rd Tier), Bedford Jezzard (taking over in 2nd Tier - never saw his team) and Roy Hodson (taking over in 1st Tier), statistically all of them achieved great results with shoestring budgets relative to the teams we were defeating. While three managers are also worth of note for exceptional cup runs Alex Stock (FA), Roy Hodsgon (UEFA) and Slavisa Jokavoic (EFL Playoffs).

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« Reply #38 on: November 08, 2019, 11:50:42 PM »
For me it has to be Roy. Every team has its special games that live long in the memory, but this was a whole campaign against all odds. It makes me sad to see how far we've fallen since then when we could really have progressed. Slav has been a shining light in that darkness, and a bright one at that but I fear we're a long way from the end of the tunnel.

Sadly I’ll drink to that. What a wasted opportunity.

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« Reply #39 on: November 08, 2019, 11:55:11 PM »
Hodgson. Miraculous escape from relegation in his first season before propelling us to 7th and a European Final; overcoming Wolfsburg and Juventus, on a virtual shoestring. In this time, he built one of the league’s most formidable defences and made CC a fortress. Also signed a number of club stalwarts such as Schwarzer, Hangeland and Zamora, whilst transforming the fortunes of Murphy, Hughes and Baird - amongst others. A Fulham legend.
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