High praise for Tigana

Wednesday 13 March 2002

Chairman Mohamed Al Fayed has praised manager Jean Tigana for his achievements since joining Fulham.

In his first season Tigana managed to build a Division One Championship winning side, and the step up to the Premiership has been handled with greater ease than the other two promoted clubs, Blackburn and Bolton.

The Chairman could not hide his delight at Tigana's achievements so far, especially in getting the Club to its first FA Cup semi-final for 27 years.

"In Tigana we have a great manager and I am fully committed to him. I think it's a magical achievement. To reach the Premier League in such a short space of time and to get to the FA Cup semi-finals, I can hardly believe it. It is very exciting.

"Whatever it takes now in terms of effort, determination, commitment and finance, I am there."