The appointment of Roy Hodgson as Fulham Manager on 28th December 2007 will surely be remembered as one of the most inspirational in Barclays Premier League history.
With almost 35 years managerial experience on the domestic and international scene, Hodgson was – and remains - a highly respected figure amongst the global football community. He led Malmo during one of the most successful periods in their history, winning five league titles with the Swedish club as well as two Play-Off titles and two cups and had enjoyed success with Örebro and FC Copenhagen in Scandinavia. Hodgson also led Italian giants Inter Milan to a UEFA Cup Final in 1997, narrowly losing out after a penalty shoot-out against Schalke.
Hodgson also had successful spells in international management; the most notable of these when he lead Switzerland to World Cup ‘94 and Euro ’96.
With only two wins in 20 games during the first half of the 2007/08 season, Fulham resided at the foot of the Premier League table when Hogdson arrived.
He immediately set about reviving the fortunes of the Club, drafting in several new players during the January transfer window and re-branding Fulham’s style of play during his intensive daily training sessions at Motspur Park.
Whilst points proved hard to come by in the first two months of Hodgson’s reign, the drastic improvement in the Team’s performances inspired hope amongst the Fulham ranks.
By spring 2008 the Cottagers were firing on all cylinders and achieved an incredible haul of 12 points from their last five games to secure an eighth-successive season in the top flight.
During the summer of 2008, Hodgson overhauled the Fulham squad, recruiting 13 new players whilst 17 departed.
Hodgson’s team defied all expectations as the Whites secured a highest ever seventh-placed finish and guaranteed European football at Craven Cottage in 2009.
Hodgson guided Fulham to new heights the following season, delivering victories in SW6 over the cream of European football in the UEFA Europa League as the Whites reached the Final only to lose to a late goal against Atletico Madrid.
However, on Thursday 1st July 2010, Hodgson resigned from his position at Fulham to take over at Liverpool.