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Hodgson signs new Fulham deal

Experienced boss extends Cottagers deal

By James Riach.   Last Updated: 30/12/09 2:57pm

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Hodgson: Signs new deal

Hodgson: Signs new deal

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Fulham manager Roy Hodgson has signed a new 12-month rolling contract with the club.

The Cottagers boss has put pen-to-paper on a new deal after leading Fulham to an impressive start in the Premier League this season, after taking over at the club in December 2007.

In his first campaign at Craven Cottage, Hodgson miraculously managed to steer the club clear of relegation, which was followed last term with great success as they finished seventh and secured a place in the Europa League.

The former Switzerland, Finland, Inter Milan and Blackburn coach was delighted to sign a new deal, and thanked everyone involved at the club for supporting him.

"It's really nice that the club want me to stay and I have always made it clear that I am very happy here and am enjoying my time," he told Fulham's official website.

"I think the club and the team are growing constantly and certainly we are always running as fast as we can to make certain that we don't ever go backwards.

"So it's nice to know that I'm going to be here for the years to come and I'm looking forward to that work.

"I think you've got to unfortunately emphasise all the time that for us the real important factor is to continue this run of years in the Premier League.

"I think we've got to be realistic and accept that there will be some years that will be better than others.

"Not necessarily because we play that much worse or that we work that much worse, but because things contrive against you and the circumstances contrive against you.

"I'd like to thank all the fans and all the staff and people here for showing that faith in me and I'd like to think that people know me well enough by now to know that I shall certainly be doing my very best not to let anyone down and I just hope we can continue to work as well together for the next years as we've done in the last two."

Fulham's next game is a home clash against League One side Swindon in the FA Cup on Saturday.

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