I wanna thank the Players , the great medical staff, media department, coaches and most of all the true Fulham fans who supported me and the team. I really enjoyed these 3 years. I wanna thank Martin Jol for giving me the chance to play in The PL again, especially the chance to play with my brother. I know the true fans know I gave it all, and I do wish I had given you more to Cheer for. And yes, I did have really bad games and mistakes, and for that I’m sorry, but I gave it all, everytime .. From the bottom of my heart, Thank you for your support and time spent on your travels. Can’t wait to see you get straight back up
To the haters and so called fans and know all people : good luck, the team needs support , not people thinking they know everything. And if you knew what went on behind the scenes you might have kept your mouths shut! But hey, you guys do know everything! Your shit comments really don’t affect me, all I cared about was the club and the true fans who has supported FFC all their life and through generations..
Again, good luck for the future , this great club belongs in the PL, no doubt about it. Great young players coming through. Future looks bright ..
COYW, now and always !!!
What can you say to that, eh?
One of these days someone will actually say what went on behind the scenes. Why they can’t now is beyond me. What’s the worst that could happen? All I know is that the team was legitimately the worst in the league this season by most reckonings, despite being full of players with a pretty big reputation, John here included. A few have now hinted at something lurking in the shadows, but nobody’s said what, no journalist has printed an expose, and still we wonder how a team that wasn’t half bad not long ago got as bad as this so quickly. (I know, we’ve all speculated and there seem to be lots of reasons, but if the players are party to one really big reason it’d be nice to know about it).
Back to Riise. You can look at this a couple of ways. Either he really did give his all and is physically past it, he gave his all but the deep stench of which nobody may speak was too much for him, or rather he was having a nice end of career chill at a small club where his name would buy him a bit of leeway. Probably all of these to a degree. As John says, we know alls in the stands can sit here with our laptops and speculate, but honestly, we’re talking about a player who has had a very, very successful career. And by his own admission has not done well for us.
He says “Yes, I did have really bad games and mistakes” and that’s the problem. Honestly, I don’t care that much about how hard he tried. If he tries 78% and is flawless that’s not the end of the world. But as a full-back you’re in a relatively nice position: it’s probably the easiest defensive role and perhaps the one role where “a safe pair of hands” (metaphorical) is really high on the job description. This is generally what we want from our full-backs: consistency, reliability. John admits he wasn’t consistent. So what does he expect?
We sat by the penalty area on the left wing when Fulham attacked the Hammersmith End and the number of times Fulham worked the ball around, had lots of space down the left flank but then had to try something else because Riise wasn’t overlapping again was astonishing to me. It sort of jarred me as having watched Konchesky for so long you sort of thought you knew where people were going to be, but here was Riise, notionally a progressive full-back, not attacking. Now I accept that this may have been a tactical thing, but I suspect it wasn’t. He didn’t look fit, he didn’t look good, and while that’s not a crime, we just wanted more, didn’t we?
I appreciate that nobody leaves seasons like this smelling of roses but in all the disappointments from Fulham post Europa John Arne Riise is right up there. We had every right to expect a solid left-flank given his reputation and we didn’t get it. He’s not why we went down but he did his bit (or rather didn’t). I had nothing against him and was pretty excited when he arrived, but what can you say? He just wasn’t all that.
True fans knew he gave his all? Maybe. But, well, maybe not. We’re not stupid, John, and believe it or not, we want every Fulham player to do well. When a team systematically fucks up, as this one did, some people will be disappointed by this. Most people will round on who they see as scapegoats. For some people this was Dimitar Berbatov. For others Bryan Ruiz. John Arne Riise was just one player that the majority of fans have been disappointed by. There are many others. So thanks for everything, you’ve had a great career, but let’s all move on.