Hodgson committed to Fulham
Fulham manager Roy Hodgson insists he is committed to the club, as his defeated Europa League players called for him to stay.
By James Riach
Last Updated: 13/05/10 9:02am
Fulham manager Roy Hodgson insists he is committed to the club, as his defeated Europa League players called for him to remain at Craven Cottage.
Atletico Madrid came out on top in Hamburg to beat the West Londoners 2-1 after extra time and win the inaugural Europa League final on Wednesday, although it was a spirited showing from Fulham.
Diego Forlan put the Spaniards in front but Simon Davies equalised with a volley before Forlan scored his second with just five minutes left to play.
Hodgson has led his side through a remarkable run in the competition this season, taking a number of scalps along the way, and was awarded the LMA manager of the year prize earlier in the week.
The experienced tactician has been linked with a move away from the club following his success, but insists he has not even considered a future elsewhere.
"The Premier League, like Serie A, like the Spanish Primera Liga, the Bundesliga, you're talking about the very, very top leagues in Europe and just being a part of it in itself is something very important," he said.
"As far as my future is concerned I have never given it much thought. I've been committed fully to Fulham all the time I've been at the club.
"I still have a contract at the club and as far as I know that's where I shall be."
Meanwhile, Hodgson's players have come out in support of their manager, and defender Brede Hangeland believes the 62-year-old is the key factor behind their excellent campaign.
The Norway international said: "He's the main reason why we're here today, it's as simple as that.
"We've got a good group of players that work really hard but it's all masterminded by him. He's done really well.
"I don't know what's going to happen but I obviously hope he'll stay. He's really important to the success we've had over the last two years so it's probably the most important thing for us over the summer to make sure he stays."
Goalscorer Simon Davies gave Cottagers fans hope in the HSH Nordbank Arena and the midfielder expects Hodgson to have attracted interest from other clubs.
"I wouldn't be surprised if he had offers on the table but I think he said before he wants to continue the job here he really likes it in Fulham and he's been a top manager while he's been here," he remarked.
Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer is also crossing his fingers that he remains at Craven Cottage.
He added: "He was a major factor in me coming to the club as he was I'm sure for a number of other players coming to this club.
"We're here because of the manager and the manager's done a fantastic job. We all hope he'll stay."