Realistic goal for next year?

Discussion in 'Fulham FC News and Notes' started by ChicagoFan, May 12, 2008.

  1. ChicagoFan

    ChicagoFan New Member

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    Looking forward to next season, (because what else am I going to do for the next 3 months?), I'm trying not to get too caught up the elation of Fulham's wonderful turnaround.

    While I'm already dreaming of winning 4 out of 5 all season long and challenging for a spot in Europe (on place, not on fair play), I think a nice, more realistic goal to set would be 50 points/10th place. Anything better would be gravy. If they play half as well, and with even half the passion they showed over the last several weeks, a 10th-place finish should be a readily achievable goal.

    Any thoughts before we all go back to dreaming of crushing Manure and Chelski 4-0 each next year?
     
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  2. dcheather

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    I'd agree with you...I think a 10th place finish or higher is completely within reach, if Fulham can start finding the net more often. One more solid midfielder and forward should do it.
     
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  3. Old_Bugger

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    10 to 12th,we have to see how we sign players -cover players ie cover for injury or total replacment ie 1 in 1 out we will have too see,but thats the fun of close season
     
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  4. jmh

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    Hmm. Realistic goal. Somewhere in the 10th-14th range, and mathematically safe from relegation by early April.
     
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  5. nevzter

    nevzter Well-Known Member

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    Re: RE: Realistic goal for next year?

    Stole the words from my mouth, jmh...safety guaranteed with 3-4 weeks remaining is my realistic hope.
     
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  6. Fulhamburger

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    RE: Re: RE: Realistic goal for next year?

    A Cup final would be pleasant as well.
     
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  7. RidgeRider

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    RE: Re: RE: Realistic goal for next year?

    I would like to see them get aggressive and play for an inside the top 10 finish as they have done before, however mid table would seem more achievable (as you all mentioned), cosnidering the size of the club Fulham has, and as Lyle mentioned on another thread, we are not very deep.

    Maybe, juuuuuuuuuuuuuust maybe (I'm doing my best jean Girard here), MAF will take the momentum from the end of this year and use it to move to another level and spend some dough.
     
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  8. Optimizer

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    Play like you're going into the Top 10, but I'll be super happy with a 13th or 14th finish. Considering what is Fulhamish, they'll almost have to do that.
     
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  9. Lyle

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    With the number of teams in the EPL who can afford better teams than Fulham next year... 10th place is pushing it.

    We'll be fighting against relegation next year as well.
     
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  10. SteveM19

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    We're talking about next year already?!? Even the players are taking a little time off! I'm at least going to wait until the transfer window opens.
     
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  11. sublicon

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    Re: RE: Realistic goal for next year?

    I think we need to be at least 10th to be mathematically safe that early. Wasn't Reading around 15th or 14th in early April?

    Call me unrealistic, but I think Fulham can do better. With St. Woy's wisdom and a modest but thorough overhaul of the garbage on the team, I think we could shoot for a solid 10th place spot, or very close.

    In addition, if we do have a UEFA Cup spot, and again I may be unrealistic here, I'd like to see us make a run for the Round of 32. I'm not sure we'd make it there, and if we got there, I'm not sure we'd make it past, but I'd like to see it.

    the end. :)

    P.S. We're not allowed to pull a West Brom after our escape. That is all.
     
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  12. Gregweaver

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    RE: Re: RE: Realistic goal for next year?

    I'd have to say 13th-16th is realistic. Stoke and the playoff winner would be favored to go down, WBA could make some noise. Alot depends on the transfers (and if we can manage a healthy McBride all season). But it everything stays about the same I'd see us still hanging with Sunderland, Wigan, Boro, and Bolton in the bottom half.
     
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  13. dtwondough

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    RE: Re: RE: Realistic goal for next year?

    circle the date. almost a month away from knowing the schedule.

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  14. ohio4fulham

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    Re: RE: Realistic goal for next year?

    Based on the way things sit, at this moment, I'd agree.

    It really all depends on what happens with transfers this off-season. Who is kept, who is released, who is picked up ...
     
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  15. nevzter

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    RE: Re: RE: Realistic goal for next year?

    We are not poor!
    We are not poor!
    Our chairman owns Harrods!
    We are not poor!

    Spend smartly, boys, spend smartly (i.e. don't bring in the USMNT this year to replace the N.I. squad from last year).
     
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  16. Lyle

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    Re: RE: Re: RE: Realistic goal for next year?

    What EPL owner isn't rich? It doesn't matter that Al Fayed is a multi-millionaire or billionaire... Fulham isn't a rich club. A number of clubs in the Championship have bigger stadiums and draw more fans. There are two clubs in League One that are bigger clubs than Fulham (assuming Leeds stays down).
     
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  17. sublicon

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    Re: RE: Re: RE: Realistic goal for next year?

    Do you support this club, or are you here to just naysay and hate? I'm curious.

    If you are a supporter, truthfully . . you're allowed actually have some hope and look fondly upon the possibility of a return to Fulham's 2002/2003 form.

    Last I checked, Al Fayed owned the team then! Looks like your "other clubs richer than us, we can't be 10th" hypothesis is in the trash.

    Try again.
     
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  18. BarryP

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    Smart man Steve!
     
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  19. ChicagoFan

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  20. dcheather

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    Thank goodness West Ham are going down. :)
     
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