Tribal Football - Football News, Soccer News, Transfers & Rumours Latest Articles for Fulham https://www.tribalfootball.com/clubs/fulham Tue, 19 Nov 2019 14:00:40 +1100 http://www.tribalfootball.com/images/tribal-logo-rss.png Tribal Football http://www.tribalfootball.com <![CDATA[Liverpool captain Henderson: I was so close to leaving]]> <p>Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson admits a move away from Anfield was close.</p><p>Henderson was offered to Fulham in 2012 as part of a deal to take Clint Dempsey to Anfield.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/liverpool-captain-henderson-i-was-so-close-to-leaving-4303564?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BFulham'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson admits a move away from Anfield was close.

Henderson was offered to Fulham in 2012 as part of a deal to take Clint Dempsey to Anfield.

Former boss Brendan Rodgers was willing to let Henderson go but the move failed to materialise.

Speaking on the proposed exit, Henderson told talkSPORT: "That was a crucial period in my career, not only my Liverpool career.

I thought that moment was big, and it was a tough moment, but one that I feel helped me, looking back now.

I don't know what would have happened if I didn't have that moment. It was tough at the time but thankfully it worked out okay in the end.

To be fair to Brendan, he was brilliant with me after that point; he helped me grow as a player and as a person, and I really matured under him.

It was a blessing in disguise really."

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<![CDATA[Former Chelsea striker Schurrle admits considering retirement]]> <p>Former Chelsea and Fulham striker Andre Schurrle admits he's considering retirement - at 28!</p><p>Schurrle is currently with Spartak Moscow.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/former-chelsea-striker-schurrle-admits-considering-retirement-4302540?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BFulham'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Former Chelsea and Fulham striker Andre Schurrle admits he's considering retirement - at 28!

Schurrle is currently with Spartak Moscow.

"I would lie now if I had never had the thought. Especially in the really difficult phases, you think: If I still need anything at all? Do I still want that? I really want to decide for myself year after year if I still want that," said Schurrle.

"If I still have the motivation, if my body feels like it. No idea, maybe I'll play one more year, maybe two more."

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<![CDATA[Leicester, Watford target Chelsea reject Ronald Sobowale]]> <p>A number of top-flight clubs are tracking non-League striker Ronald Sobowale.</p><p>The 22-year-old is currently on trial with Sky Bet Championship side Middlesbrough as he looks to earn a professional deal.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/leicester-watford-target-chelsea-reject-ronald-sobowale-4302282?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BFulham'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> A number of top-flight clubs are tracking non-League striker Ronald Sobowale.

The 22-year-old is currently on trial with Sky Bet Championship side Middlesbrough as he looks to earn a professional deal.

The Daily Mail says Leicester, Watford, West Bromwich Albion and Fulham are also interested in the London-born forward, who is the cousin of Bayern Munich star David Alaba.

Sobowale has been in eye-catching form for BetVictor Isthmian South East Division outfit Whyteleafe this season, scoring 10 goals in 11 matches for the Surrey side.

The youngster was previously on the books at Chelsea.

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<![CDATA[Moussa Dembele & Man Utd: Why he's 'suddenly' on Solskjaer agenda]]> <p>COMMENT: It's no secret now. Every agent with a decent stable are banging on their door. Manchester United want a new No9 - and they want him in January. The only question is: does Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stay the course, or veer off for a short-term hit...?</p><p>...because that's what is in front of United's manager today. Offers are now coming out of the woodwork. Mario Mandzukic, the Juventus veteran, has been on the table since the summer. Thomas Muller, now resigned to ending plans of a one-club career, was offered to Solskjaer. But just like Mandzukic, the feedback for the Bayern Munich striker's reps has been positive, though not enthusiastic. Basically, the door's not shut, but 'don't hang your hopes on us'. </p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/moussa-dembele-man-utd-why-he-s-suddenly-on-solskjaer-agenda-4301233?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BFulham'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> COMMENT: It's no secret now. Every agent with a decent stable are banging on their door. Manchester United want a new No9 - and they want him in January. The only question is: does Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stay the course, or veer off for a short-term hit...?

...because that's what is in front of United's manager today. Offers are now coming out of the woodwork. Mario Mandzukic, the Juventus veteran, has been on the table since the summer. Thomas Muller, now resigned to ending plans of a one-club career, was offered to Solskjaer. But just like Mandzukic, the feedback for the Bayern Munich striker's reps has been positive, though not enthusiastic. Basically, the door's not shut, but 'don't hang your hopes on us'.

It's why Mandzukic's minders are also speaking to both Milan clubs. This isn't about the Croatian, who'll be 34 before the end of the season, rejecting what Solskjaer's selling. It's more to do with the hesitant response coming from Old Trafford.

Which should be exciting for United fans. Learning that Mandzukic is negotiating with other clubs. That the chance to take Muller off Bayern's hands has - thus far - been resisted. It all suggests that United are making some headway working through their prime shortlist of attacking targets. For the moment, the word down from Carrington is 'we stay the course'.

It's why Muller has been given 'wait and see' instructions from United intermediaries. At 30 - and despite his fallen status at Bayern - in a different era and involving a different manager, Muller would expect to be welcomed with open arms at United. But the club's market approach has now radically changed. The big fees. The big wages. They're going towards players expected to hit their peak in four, five, even six years' time. The belief now - at least inside English football - is that Muller's best days are behind him.

As rough as that sounds, again for United fans, it should be music to their ears. This new No9 the club are working to bring in will be about the here and now - though his best will still be well ahead of him.

A month ago, this column blew it. Again addressing Solskjaer's plans, we went with our tip off - though with one exception. We name-checked Timo Werner, of RB Leipzig, Bournemouth's Callum Wilson and Solskjaer's protege, Erling Haaland at Salzburg. But we swerved a fourth name. Simply because his chairman had not only no reason to sell, but also had assured his support that he wouldn't - for this season at least.

But given the state of Olympique Lyon at the minute, the line is all bets are off. Come January, anything can happen - including the sale of Moussa Dembele.

The place is a mess at the moment. The mirror image of the current United. Okay, okay, those inside OL insist they're not that bad. But they're running United pretty close. A change of manager. A run without a win not seen in 24 years. This wasn't in the plans of Jean-Michel Aulas when the club's chairman told those interested (you'll soon see whom) to forget about Dembele in August.

"OL is not interested in offers concerning Moussa, who is one of the symbols of the new project of OL. Neither Manchester nor Juventus will take him. This is a question of principle, no price!" declared Aulas, having just made a fortune selling Tanguy Ndombele to Tottenham and Nabil Fekir to Real Betis.

But today, this "new project" is flailing. And it's the players, including Dembele, bearing the brunt of the backlash from fans. New coach Rudi Garcia, having replaced Sylvinho, the former Arsenal left-back, during international week, kicked off his stint with a drab 0-0 draw against Dijon on Saturday. And in the stands there were protests. Not so much against Aulas or the board, but the players. One banner reading: "Players: a shameful derby, two coaches in 6 months. And you're not the problem?"

It's against this backdrop that United - and Dembele - spy their chance. The player has let it be known he's keen on the move. But United will have to make all the running. Despite his bitter split from Celtic and all the previous with the now Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers, Dembele isn't one to rock the boat. His reaction this season to Sylvinho's baffling rotation policy impressing United recruitment staff as much as his six goals in nine games.

But this is no sudden attraction. United's interest in Dembele dates back to the Sir Alex Ferguson era. The former United manager being tipped off about an ambitious young lad coming through the system at PSG. However it was Huw Jennings and Fulham which beat United to the punch almost five year ago.

But it's those subsequent years - both at Craven Cottage and Celtic Park - which has Dembele's name on Solskjaer's shopping list. He's effectively a young, 'British' player. One who's succeeded at each level he's been thrown into. Indeed, we understand there's been some debate regarding Dembele being a better big money bet than Solskjaer's favourite, Haaland. The question raging now inside Carrington is whether he is worth the 70m Aulas will demand in January.

But for the moment, Dembele is definitely in play. And United fans should be pleased. In terms of transfer policy Solskjaer and his team are staying the course.


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<![CDATA[West Ham midfielder Declan Rice: Chelsea axe massive shock]]> <p>Declan Rice has spoken of how he managed to sign for West Ham United.</p><p>Rice was part of Chelsea's academy until he was dumped without warning in 2013.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/west-ham-midfielder-declan-rice-chelsea-axe-massive-shock-4300294?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BFulham'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Declan Rice has spoken of how he managed to sign for West Ham United.

Rice was part of Chelsea's academy until he was dumped without warning in 2013.

"It was a massive shock," he says. "I came home after school and thought I was odds-on to go full time and my dad said I was released. I just broke down because that was all I'd known since I was eight. I lived 10 minutes away in Kingston, it was training every Tuesday and Thursday, playing every Saturday.

"I'd gone through a massive growth spurt that year and was running like Bambi on ice, my body wasn't used to it. I don't know if that was the reason I got released because I never got told. They said I should come in for a meeting but then they cancelled it.

"Word gets round when players get released. I found out I was being released at half-past three and then I got a phone call of Dan Rice [Fulham scout, no relation] and at seven o'clock that evening I was training there. The next day, Dave Hunt from West Ham called my dad and after two sessions there they wanted to sign me.

"I had to deal with a lot at a young age. Being released, then having to move away at 14. When I got released, me and Mase [Mason Mount] always said we'd play together again, our families said it too. We just thought it would be at club level some day, not England."

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<![CDATA[Ex-Fulham coach Carr joins Sheffield Utd]]> <p>Sheffield United academy chief Jack Lester has welcomed the appointment of Rhys Carr.</p><p>Carr, the former Fulham and Bristol City coach, was appointed as individual development coach at United's SteelPhalt Academy last month.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/ex-fulham-coach-carr-joins-sheffield-utd-4300250?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BFulham'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Sheffield United academy chief Jack Lester has welcomed the appointment of Rhys Carr.

Carr, the former Fulham and Bristol City coach, was appointed as individual development coach at United's SteelPhalt Academy last month.

Lester said: "As a player, I felt I improved when I was coached in small groups or on specifics to my own game and how I could affect it.

"With that in mind, this is something I really wanted to add to our coaching structure following my appointment.

"By chance, I met Rhys at a conference last year and I loved the detail and his understanding of the game as he demonstrated this role.

"This is an emerging role within clubs and Rhys has already done it at first-team level at Bristol City, so he will be a great addition to our ranks."

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<![CDATA[Parker delighted as Fulham thrash Reading]]> <p>Scott Parker was delighted with Fulham's ferocious start in the 4-1 win over Reading on Tuesday.</p><p>Parker's Cottagers blasted three goals inside the opening half hour, with the hosts down to ten-men thanks to John Swift's red-card.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/parker-delighted-as-fulham-thrash-reading-4298969?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BFulham'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Scott Parker was delighted with Fulham's ferocious start in the 4-1 win over Reading on Tuesday.

Parker's Cottagers blasted three goals inside the opening half hour, with the hosts down to ten-men thanks to John Swift's red-card.

The win pushes Fulham up to fourth on the Championship table after 10 games.

Speaking after the match, Parker said: "I was delighted with the performance.

"I've been delighted with the performances over the past four or five weeks but the results have been missing a little bit.

"That's what most people usually look at and I understand that. But tonight, I thought that we were first class from start to finish.

"In the first 30 minutes, we were devastating - even though they had a man sent off.

"But, prior to that, I felt that we had really stamped our authority on the game and showed our quality.

"We're going to be a team very hard to deal with in the first 20 or 30 minutes. Even when Reading had 11 men, it was still difficult for them.

"We moved the ball very quickly and with an intensity. And we were really clinical in the final third.

"Over the past few weeks, we've worked a lot on getting that cutting edge about us."

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<![CDATA[Fulham deliver their Harvey Elliott cash demand to Liverpool]]> <p>Fulham are pushing Liverpool to pay 7 million for teenager Harvey Elliott with the matter set to be decided by tribunal.</p><p>Elliott , 16, moved to the Merseyside club in the summer after turning down an offer of a scholarship with the Cottagers.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/fulham-deliver-their-harvey-elliott-cash-demand-to-liverpool-4298351?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BFulham'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Fulham are pushing Liverpool to pay 7 million for teenager Harvey Elliott with the matter set to be decided by tribunal.

Elliott , 16, moved to the Merseyside club in the summer after turning down an offer of a scholarship with the Cottagers.

After spending years in Fulham's academy, the club are now entitled to claim back a development fee for Elliott under the rules of the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP).

Such a fee is determined on several variables, largely based on Elliott's potential, says the Mirror.

The youngster opted to sign for Liverpool despite interest from a host of other elite clubs, including Real Madrid and PSG, and made his first team debut for the Reds on Wednesday.

Now Fulham - who gave Elliott his professional debut aged 15 - are now insisting Liverpool stump up the 7 million figure for his services.

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<![CDATA[Arsenal defender Calum Chambers: Fulham loan great for me]]> <p>Arsenal defender Calum Chambers says he grew immensely from a loan spell with Fulham last season.</p><p>The 24-year-old has featured three times for the Gunners this season, including a goal in Sunday's 3-2 comeback win over Aston Villa.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/arsenal-defender-calum-chambers-fulham-loan-great-for-me-4297952?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BFulham'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Arsenal defender Calum Chambers says he grew immensely from a loan spell with Fulham last season.

The 24-year-old has featured three times for the Gunners this season, including a goal in Sunday's 3-2 comeback win over Aston Villa.

Speaking to the club's website, Chambers said: "This is obviously a very important season for me. After the loan spell at Fulham, I feel like I grew as a player and got a lot of experience. I want to come back into the side, help where I can, play as many games as I can. I'm ready to work hard and I'm looking forward to the season ahead.

"I feel a lot different to the kid who walked in here back in 2014. I've grown up a lot. I came here at the age of 19 and I'm going to be 25 soon. I've had a lot of experiences over the years like going to Middlesbrough, Fulham and playing quite a few games here at Arsenal.

He added: "Playing every week for Fulham was amazing. It's a great club with great fans and playing week in, week out was brilliant. I learnt so much and it was a good experience for me to play in a different position too.

"As a centre back, I learned what a midfielder would want from me because I was playing defensive mid. I had that appreciation of just how tough it is to play there. It was so good to be surrounded by different players, different managers, just for the experience of it all. I actually went through three different managers that season, all with different playing styles.

"I learned a lot and wanted to bring that back with me here, so that I could improve in training and as a person too. It also gave me a lot more confidence, which is massive in football. It's so much easier to maintain it when you're playing week in, week out.

"As part of the job, you have to believe in yourself and your ability - and when you're not playing, you always need to have that belief so that you remember why you're here and what you can bring to the team."

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<![CDATA[Ex-Tottenham midfielder Jamie O'Hara named Billericay Town manager]]> <p>Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O'Hara has been appointed manager of non-league side Billericay Town.</p><p>O'Hara, who also played for Wolves and Fulham among others, replaces Harry Wheeler in the Billericay hotseat with immediate effect.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/ex-tottenham-midfielder-jamie-o-hara-named-billericay-town-manager-4297074?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BFulham'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O'Hara has been appointed manager of non-league side Billericay Town.

O'Hara, who also played for Wolves and Fulham among others, replaces Harry Wheeler in the Billericay hotseat with immediate effect.

A statement released by Billericay read: "We can now confirm that Harry Wheeler has been relieved of his duties and has left the club after a recent meeting with the owner.

"Differences of opinion have led to the decision and the owner feels changes needed to be made.

"Jamie O'Hara will take control of first team duties and will look to immediately make his mark by looking at bringing in some young talented academy players to add to the good experience we have.

"From all at the club we wish Harry all the best for the future and we thank him for all his efforts and successes in his time here."

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