The missing ingedient?

Discussion in 'Fulham FC News and Notes' started by AggieMatt, Mar 17, 2015.

  1. AggieMatt

    AggieMatt Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2008
    Alamo City, Texas
    NBCSN aired a 30 minute special this weekend following Goal Zone where they spent a day with Roberto Martinez at Everton & conducted an interview. They talked about several interesting topics like when exactly he decides on the first XI for a match, whether the post match glass of wine still happens between managers and what they say to each other on the touchline.

    But the one thing that caught my attention was a question about motivation. It started with the old quote that a good manager can improve a team by 10% while a bad one can hurt it by 30%. Martinez feels a manager can't really affect player motivation. Obviously different players have different things that motivate them and it's usually a combination of variables. He felt the most important aspect for success in that regard was camaraderie and players playing for each other and he said that ultimately comes from the guys in the team. You commonly hear successful teams here in the States talk about enjoying playing with each other, about bonds & brotherhood, etc. Makes sense. Which got me to thinking about Fulham.

    We've beaten the "how we got here" horse to death and I'm not trying to dig that up again. The point is that as fans we're quick to point to changing managers and players but I think this actually could be our Achilles heel. We obviously had that bond in spades for several years and we finished 7th, made it to a European final and regularly punched above our weight. Then in 2012 we saw the departures of Dempsey, Dembele, AJ, Zamora, Murphy and Etuhu. Simon Davies didn't officially depart the club until the next year, but he got hurt in the 11-12 season & never featured again for the club. That was a massive hit to the core of the team. That 12-13 season is when we started noticing the team quitting on matches and, at times, never even showing up. QPR away comes to mind as the most egregious example. And it's continued since, through 4 managers. I've heard Kit refer to Parker as an inspirational figure at the club, but the efforts of the team on the pitch make that statement pretty condemning.

    I don't know who we should buy this summer beyond positions. Obviously, we aren't good enough in a number of positions, midfield in particular. But I hope we put as much stock in leadership, character & work ethic as we do in talent when bringing in new players. Getting that right will likely go a lot further toward righting the ship than any £10M forward or new manager could.
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2015
  2. FulhamTX

    FulhamTX Active Member

    Jan 24, 2015
    Well said aggie. I would say that while it may not be the biggest reason for the fall from grace, it certainly would play a major factor. The problem is that you can't have that "brotherly" feel to a team that is put together and taken apart and put back together again every year. A few changes every year here and there is no big deal. But when you have whole sail changes multiple times, your asking for trouble in the chemistry department. For me, if I was a player I would be a little distant and try not to get too close to teammates, at any point in time I or anyone else might not be here.
  3. BarryWhite

    BarryWhite Well-Known Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    Newburgh, IN
    I've said it before but it bears repeating, if Fulham are to improve the wholesale changes have to stop at some point including the managerial merry-go-round. I am guessing it will be difficult for anyone build success based on wholesale change under the financial fair play rules. Swapping out an entire team and manager on a budget and expecting success is unreasonable.
  4. pettyfog

    pettyfog Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2005
    10 % plus, 30% minus effect seems about right to me. Just ANOTHER point in how amazing an effect Schelotto had on the Columbus Crew while he was there. With Warzycha as Mgr, Crew was always under a handicap. I estimated at the time, about 10%.
  5. astroevan

    astroevan Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2013
    South Carolina
    This begs the question, what good is acquiring defenders on 10 and 7 match loans? It might take five of those matches for the team to be comfortable with their new pieces.
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