Introducing: Peter Stoger, Fulham’s next long-term manager

Introducing: Peter Stoger, Fulham’s next long-term manager

Fulham are on their third manager of the season now in a desperate attempt to save Premier League status, but we doubt it will be enough – leaving the boardroom with another big decision to make this summer.

Former Premier League winner Claudio Ranieri, who has since got a job at Roma (somehow), was the latest man to try and fail at Fulham – spending just four months at the club before being sacked in February.

Before him, it was Slavisa Jokanovic, the very man who achieved what they will undoubtedly be back doing this time next year: Premier League promotion.

In a sense, it is unsurprising that Fulham’s boardroom has been so trigger happy with their p45s. Owner Shahid Khan has funnelled a huge amount of money into the club this season in hopes of consolidating his clubs position in the top flight but has seen very little return on his investments.

And now it seems he will be looking for another manager to take his team forwards again next year, unless Scott Parker pulls off the impossible, of course.

But who?

It may be worth taking a punt on Peter Stoger.

The Austrian hauled Borussia Dortmund away from a disastrous period of form under Peter Bosz and helped them towards a third consecutive season in the Champions League – an achievement barely thought possible given their bottom half position in December.

And this follows an impressive four-year project at Cologne including a Bundesliga 2 title, and the club’s first European competition in 25-years.

Indeed, there are few things that could steady the ship at Craven Cottage at the moment, but the renowned stability of Peter Stoger is one of them. His tactical know-how should go some way towards solving the shocking Fulham defensive record, and as a product of German football, which is commonly considered most compatible with the English game, this would not come at the cost of style and entertainment.

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