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Davies expects Cottagers to attack


Simon Davies

Simon Davies

Simon Davies

Fulham midfielder Simon Davies believes the Cottagers have an exciting season ahead under new manager Martin Jol.

The former Tottenham boss was appointed as Mark Hughes' replacement at Craven Cottage earlier this month on a two-year deal. Jol's first match at the helm comes on Thursday in a Europa League qualification first round tie with NSI Runavik of the Faroe Islands.

The players returned to training last week and Davies has already been impressed by the new man in charge. He told the club's official website: "He's a manager that very much promotes an attacking outlook."

He added: "He likes his teams to be expansive and to get down the flanks. We'll get forward, attack and create lots of chances and that's the big thing for me.

"If we can get things right then it could be an exciting season ahead. One thing is for sure, we'll certainly be good to watch.

"He's a football man and one that has a great knowledge of the game. He's been in the game for a while now so he comes in with plenty of experience.

"He did very well in his last spell in the Premier League when he was at Tottenham, so he knows what to expect in terms of the league. He also did well at Hamburg and Ajax, so he has experience of European football too.

"He gets very involved in the training sessions and likes to instil confidence in his players. He has a philosophy that we can all relate to and hopefully we'll see the benefits of that."

Davies may well play a part on Thursday, although Clint Dempsey and Carlos Salcido are unavailable.

Both players featured in the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the United States and Mexico respectively, with the latter defeating the former 4-2 in the final.