AL FINE FOR ROY

FUL­HAM v WEST BROM Kick-off 8pm

Midweek Sport - - TONIGHT'S PREMIER LEAGUE ACTION -

WEST BROM man­ager Roy Hodg­son re­turns to Ful­ham for the first time tonight hav­ing moved to defuse his bit­ter feud with Mo­hamed Al-fayed.

Hav­ing led the Cot­tagers to the Europa League final, Hodg­son left Craven Cot­tage 18 months ago for his doomed spell at Liver­pool.

But he came un­der fire from Ful­ham owner Al-fayed – who pulled no punches in his as­sess­ment of Hodg­son at re­place­ment Mark Hughes’ un­veil­ing.

Al-fayed said: “This other guy let us down and just walked away. But we have a nice guy now. Don’t men­tion Roy Hodg­son any more.” But Hodg­son said: “Clubs like our­selves look at Ful­ham and how they es­tab­lished them­selves and how we can be like that.

“Don’t for­get, when he (Al-fayed) took over Ful­ham they were just about to go out of busi­ness and go into the Con­fer­ence.

“He is one of the un­sung he­roes. Peo­ple don’t talk about his achieve­ments all the time but maybe they should.”

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