The other day Hade and I were watching Peter Kay. I always think I don’t really like Peter Kay, then I see him and can’t stop laughing. This time he was on some regional news programme and interrupted the weather by crawling along then appearing in front of the map from the bottom of the screen. In itself this wasn’t that funny, but in Kay’s hands we chuckled away. Now, if David Cameron or Adrian Chiles or even Jimmy Carr had done this very same thing we’d have thought “no.” But Kay made us laugh. I don’t know why.
It feels like ties to a club should make no difference. Whenever I see another team hire a former player to an important role I do think “hmm”. Is that really the best qualified person for the job? Sometimes it might be though. It does feel though that the fans are quite fed up with the stinking sinking ship we’ve seen, and let’s face it, the ‘pick the best manager you can find’ approach isn’t exactly working for Fulham’s crack team of head-hunters.
Point is, we’re in a bit of a mess. Yes, the team will surely improve and at some point give the Championship a good hiding, but that might not be for a while. We might lose a few games. We might take a while to integrate the kids. There might not be a goalkeeper on sale in January!
So having some ‘untouchables’ at the helm for a rebuild might not be the worst idea. Take this season. If Danny Murphy had presided over this start fans would be disappointed but not furious. It would be acknowledged that things take time, that Murphy was working out his best team, etc. Any anger would be aimed at the, er, suits, which increasingly feels about right. A Murphy/Symons combination would have enough goodwill in the bank to withstand much that fans would otherwise get angry about.
I think you have to assume that this isn’t going to be some jetpack/trampoline promotion situation just yet, and while I’m convinced the team will get better, maybe the time is right to go into a holding mode. Stop buying in randoms and think about the next good Fulham team and who’s going to be in it. And while we move from A to B, have Symons and Murphy steering.