Saturday
Feb282015

MARCH MEETING OF THE TRUST AND FULHAM FC

Memebers of the Trust’s Committee will be meeting the CEO on Tuesday 3rd March.

This continues our ongoing monthly meetings we have had with the club since the start of the season.

Trust members are encouraged to contact the Committee by e-mail (info@fulhamsupporterstrust.com), with comments or questions they would like the Trust to put to the club.

 

Tuesday
Feb032015

The Fulham Supporters’ Trust AGM 2015

The Fulham Supporters’ Trust Annual General Meeting for 2015 will be held on Saturday, 7th February from 12.00-13.00 at:
The Cromwell Room,
St. Mary's Church,
Putney High Street,
Putney,
SW15 1SN

This is the same venue as last year and is a members only meeting. The agenda and full documentation will be forwarded through In Touch With Members or by hard copy. In addition to completing formal Trust business for the year, the Trust Board will be there to answer questions from the membership. This will be the opportunity for members to give the Board a mandate for the year ahead.

Friday
Nov282014

Ashwater Press: Fulham Photos, Volume 2

A second volume of the memorable Fulham Photos is on sale from Ashwater Press.
This time, the book has several colour sections and it covers 55 years, from a reserve match against Brentford in 1960 to Chris David’s spectacular final goal last season. Around 150 pictures are contained in the book, a significant number previously unseen. As usual, it is a quality hardback book with sewn sections and dust jacket. ‘Mr Fulham’, Les Strong, has written the foreword. Volume one was extremely popular, so Ashwater would like to match its success and, thus far, the sales are good and the feedback is very positive.
It is available now and represents an early opportunity to bag a special Christmas present. The book is priced at £16.95, just £2 more than the price of Volume One when it was published twelve years ago, so it is very good value! There will be a limited print run, so please don’t leave it too late! There is a special price for buying Volumes 1 and 2 together and this is proving popular.
Pre-ordered copies may be collected from the vendors at Craven Cottage prior to the next pair of home matches (versus Watford FC and Leeds United FC on 5th. and 20th. December, respectively). 
The Trust commends the second volume of 'Fulham Photos' to its members (and all supporters of Fulham FC) and urges them to continue supporting Ashwater Press’ publications.
Orders may be made via their web site: http://www.ashwaterpress.co.uk/ashwaterbooks.html
Thursday
Oct302014

Kit Symons appointed as First Team Manager of Fulham Football Club

The Fulham Supporters’ Trust welcomes yesterday’s appointment of Kit Symons as First Team Manager of Fulham Football Club. Since he became caretaker mananger, following the dismissal of Felix Magath, results have improved and the side has edged clear of the division’s relegation places with four victories in the seven league matches played.
Although more than two-thirds of this season’s league fixtures remain, maintaining sufficient form in order to attain the play-off places may be over-optimism, so the Trust is pleased that the contract offered to Symons is of sufficient duration for him to build a team in his own style and one that be mount a promotion challenge in the following season.
Whilst the deliberations of the five-man committee appointed by Club Chairman, Shahid Khan, have taken some time, their recommendation and the appointment of Symons has ended a period of uncertainty for the fans of the Club and, in turn, has put an end to media speculation which often appeared determined to link us with certain individuals who would never be acceptable to the fans.

 

Saturday
Oct042014

Player Loans and Contract Rules Deciphered

During the FST's recent meeting with Fulham we asked if the club would clarify some queries we recieved based on loans and contracts, such as recall periods for loans and contract lengths for young players; they agreed to be a good idea, and that we'd deliver questions to Chief Operating Officer Darren Preston due course. This was taken on by committee member Mike Gregg, and you can see the Q&A below with answers in bold (also posted on Viva El Fulham), which produced some informative answers:

Loans

What are the dates for the Championship loan window? 

The emergency loan window opens 7 days after the transfer window closes, and ends at 5pm on fourth Thursday in November and again in March.

With full-season loans can you recall players at any time or do you need a recall notice in it? If you can recall them at any time, is there a set date that they can only come back (e.g. only during the January transfer window)?

There is a break in January, but only if provision for it was made in the agreement

What are the different rules relating to goalkeepers and outfield players regarding loans? 

A goalkeeper can have a recall clause exercisable at any time. 

If a club pays a fee to loan a player all season, does that mean he cannot be recalled or sent back?

No.

Does a player have to agree to being recalled?

No, if he agrees to the recall provision going in to the loan contract at the outset, then it's just up to the Club to recall.

Contracts


What are the age restraints on offering contracts? For example, if a player turns 17 what is the maximum length a contract can be? Can it inclusde the potential for an extension?

No longer than 3 years (including option to extend).
 
At 18 is there any restriction to a length of contract?
 
FIFA say 5 years, but can go longer if consistent with local laws.
 
Are there any restrictions within contracts at these young ages you cannot add? For example, could a 17 year-old have a buyout clause in his contract that if another club offered £x amount we would have to sell?

No restrictions permitted due to age.

What's the major difference in clauses that the Football League does not allow that the Premier league allowed?

The FL requires divisional pay clauses (what will happen in the event of relegation i.e. stay the same or change).
 
When a player's contract is ending and the club offer a new contract, does it have to match exactly the last contract (min term & wage) for the player not to be allowed to leave on a free? Is there an age restriction to this?

To retain compensation rights:

For international moves it's the season in which the player turns 23 and the offer has to be at least equivalent to current value.

For domestic moves, a player aged 24 years or over as at 30 June can move from 1 July without compensation.  If he's under 24 then the offer must be not less favourable than the current contract. 


AOB:  Generic questions regarding club policy


Does the club have a wage cap? 

No.

Did the club have a relegation clause in all the players' contracts this summer?

Yes.
 
What is the clubs attitude to loan deals as opposed to permanent contracts?

We don't have a policy; we take each case on its individual merits.
 
Who decides if there will be a 'buy-out' clause added to a contract - the agent, the club, etc. - and how much that clause is worth?

We would try to avoid them and, in 99.9% of cases, we've been successful. In the few cases where we've agreed to do it, it's fully negotiated like everything else.
 
Who makes the decision on offering contracts to players outside the First Team squad?
 
This is a collaborative approach between their age group manager, Huw Jennings and Alistair Mackintosh, with the understanding of the Chairman.  If they're in the U21s we'd include the First Team Manager as the intention would be that he would impact on his squad at some future point. 
 
Why do the club seem to have the policy of not disclosing the fees for transfers?
 
Confidentiality provisions in transfer agreements between clubs prevent it. 
 
Would the club be willing to have a list on the website of players and their contract information (length and end date, extension info, etc.)? Some websites list these and you do say in press releases how long a contract is. 

We do; the information is contained in all First Team biographies on the website.

Thanks to the club for answering the questions. If you have any follow up queries please email us at info@fulhamsupporterstrust.com or tweet us @FulhamSuppTrust.