It seems an age since Fulham delighted their support by winning a game.
The last seven fixtures have seen the support traipse away from various grounds having seen their side lose.
A change had to be made and a change was made with Claudio Ranieri brought in to replace the axed Slavisa Jokanovic.
On Saturday, Ranieri takes charge of his first fixture as the manager of Fulham Football Club and the Italian will go head-to-head with a former Fulham boss Mark Hughes, who is in charge of our opponents, Southampton.
Optimism levels are rising as the Craven Cottage support senses a rare win, but it seems that the TV pundit, Mark Lawrenson, has also been swept along by the aforementioned wave of optimism, declaring in his regular BBC column, that Fulham will, against a troubled Southampton side, emerge 2-1 victors with the former defender remarking about Fulham:
“You nearly always get a bounce when you bring in a new manager, because players who have been in and out of the team feel they have got a chance to persuade him they should be starting.
“Claudio Ranieri is a bit of a feel-good appointment for the fans as well, and I am expecting him to have an instant impact at Craven Cottage.”
Let’s hope the Craven Cottage support and Mark Lawrenson have judged this one correctly.