New Cottagers contract for Hodgson

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson has agreed a new 12-month rolling

contract with the club after another impressive season at Craven

Cottage.

Hodgson has been rewarded for guiding Fulham to seventh place

in the Premier League last season – their highest top-flight finish

– and for a strong start to the current campaign.

“I’m delighted to have committed my future to Fulham for the

years to come,” said Hodgson.

Fulham appeared destined for relegation when Hodgson arrived

in late December 2007 following a disastrous spell in charge for

Lawrie Sanchez. Survival was not guaranteed until a 1-0 victory

over Portsmouth on the final day of the season but over the next 12

months Hodgson transformed the club’s fortunes.

Last season they qualified for the inaugural Europa League

and have since secured a last-32 tie against Shakhtar Donetsk. They

currently sit ninth in the Premier League with wins against

Liverpool and Manchester United in the bank and pundits have been

queuing up to shower praise on Hodgson.

“I have always stated my desire to remain at the club and

continue the good work that has been achieved over the past two

years,” added Hodgson. “I would like to take this opportunity to

thank the chairman, the fans and staff at the club for the faith

they have shown in me during my time at Fulham.

“I would also like to thank the club’s fans for the

outstanding support they have shown the team in recent years, both

at the Cottage and on our travels in the Premier League and the

UEFA Europa League.

“We will of course continue to work tirelessly to ensure that

continued success is enjoyed on the pitch in the years to come.”