Capital clubs: Fulham
Hodgson needs his class to focus and dodge the jitters in May...
Roy Hodgson. We rather like old ‘Woy’. With his Harry H Corbett accent and ‘last-man-on-the-Titanic’ post-match interview technique, it’s been a welcome return. And you won’t find many Cottagers arguing after the greatest escape since… well, since West Ham the season before, but it was still pretty good. Roy has two large problems to overcome: Fulham can’t keep a lead and they can’t overturn anyone else’s.Head boy
Jimmy Bullard. Back after his enforced fishing sabbatical, Bullard proved a key figure last season. His personality will drive Fulham forward this time, too.Maths
Had all their games last term finished at half-time, Fulham would now be in Europe. Work on that interval team talk.English
Roy’s a cosmopolitan chap, having managed in Sweden, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark and the UAE, and his squad’s not overburdened with Englishmen.History
It’s only 12 years since Fulham nearly fell out of the Football League altogether. On 3 Feb '96 they were 91st in the pyramid and lost to Torquay United – who were 92nd.Tuck shot item
The shopkeeper. Aspires to a really classy joint, but simply can’t escape down-at-heel origins.Predicted grade
C- May wobble to start, but shrewd Janaury shopping should keep them safe.Detention
Clumsy Clint Dempsey must stay behind for tackling lessons after 66 fouls last season.