Roy aims to follow Sir Bobby

Fulham's Roy Hodgson is hoping to become the first English manager since the late Sir Bobby Robson to win a European trophy when the Cottagers take on Atletico Madrid in the Europa League final.

Robson guided Barcelona to Cup Winners Cup success in 1997 and Hodgson would be honoured to follow the former England boss.

He said:"To follow a manager like Bobby Robson would be fantastic, because as you know we were friends for many years.

"He was a great man, a great manager and it would be very nice to think I could follow him.

"If we lose then I hope it means we've been beaten by a better team and not that we've been very unlucky or been hit by some decisions that are controversial.

"At the moment we're planning not to be second best, we're planning to try and win the competition.

"Whatever happens it's been a very good season for us and we're determined to crown that season by winning the trophy."

Hodgson is also hoping to wipe out the memory of a UEFA Cup final defeat in 1997, when Internazionale lost a penalty shootout to Schalke.

"I was very proud to get to that final with Inter, but I'm even prouder to be here with Fulham because we were much less fancied in the tournament than Inter were in 1997," Hodgson added.

"Secondly we've had a tougher passage to the final. When I think back to the teams Inter eliminated along the way, they weren't the big names that we've beaten here.

"I'm hoping the bad memories of 1997 will be expunged by a good victory."

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