The number of Fulham fans who believe the club are doing anything but underachieving at present are few and far between. In fact, most will tell you that more than anything else, the remarkable comeback at home to Reading on Saturday only served to delay the inevitable removal of Kit Symons from his duties as first team manager, by creating the illusion of progression as owner Shahid Khan looked on.
What if I was to tell you that while we are indeed underachieving, we are in fact on course with our progression at the same time .
It has been over a year since the positivity around Symons’ appointment and having faith with such an inexperienced manager; albeit one who knew the crop of young players better than anyone else. The past 12 months have gradually seen more and more home fans turn against their man as the club continued with inconsistent performances and, at times, were certainly a victim of their own manager’s naivety. While I am by no means one of the voices calling for Kit’s head on a weekly basis through various social media channels, I am of the belief that a change is now fairly imminent.
Far from being a surprise, I am actually still thinking that everything is on course as per the appointment in late 2014. Symons was never a man brought in to take us straight back up, and anyone who honestly believes we were in a position last season to inflict the Premier League back upon ourselves is living in a dream world. What Kit offered was a period of relative stability, someone who could aid the transition of the youth players to first team players alongside generally improving what was a poisonous atmosphere, with a view to stabilising a base for us to build greater things. Kit’s most important job was to oversee the summer, and make signings that were in line with club ambitions rather than simply players who could tolerate the manager. In that sense, the Welshman has been fantastically successful and 12 months down the line the club is now primed for the right person to come in and build to take us up within the space of 18 months.
Under Kit we have seen Bettinelli, Dembele, LVC and a few others solidify their place in the match day squad alongside dramatic improvements in the transfer dealings around them with the likes of Cairney, Ream, Stearman and O’Hara proving worthy additions. Of course, I know many of you are screaming about the tactical ineptitude of many of our performances, but what do you expect from a man in his first job? If we can achieve mid-table without an experienced hand guiding us forward then the potential is there for all to see when there is. Whether it be in December or January, I think we will see a change, albeit I stand by the fact that it is to Kit’s credit that the proposition of managing Fulham is now a lot more attractive to the right candidates than it previously was 12 months back.
Until the decision is made, I stand behind the man who having stepped up and while performing to the best of his abilities has steadied the ship at the very least. COYW!