Aston Villa are hoping to convince Mark Hughes to perform a sensational switch to Villa Park.
Aston Villa are preparing a surprise bid for Mark Hughes to become their new manager.
The current Fulham boss is just 33 days into his reign at Craven Cottage and The Times has reported Villa’s owner, Randy Lerner, has identified Hughes as his preferred choice to replace Martin O’Neill.
It’s uncertain if Hughes would be keen to open talks with the Midlands club or that Fulham chairman, Mohamed Al Fayed, is willing to allow his newly-acquired manager to leave West London.
Lerner has previously said he requires Premier League experience of his prospective manager, which would exclude USA coach Bob Bradley and Dutchman Ronald Koeman from his shortlist.
Hughes signed a two-year deal at Fulham on July 29, and has drawn all three of his Premier League games so far but he has not given any indication that he is unhappy with his new role at Craven Cottage.
Bookmaker William Hill has reduced Hughes’ odds from 12-1 to 3-1 favourite after they noticed a trend in high-profile bettors backed Hughes to leave his post at Fulham for Villa Park. (Goal.com)
This would obviously be somewhat of a surprise appointment, but if the bookies are to be believed, it might just happen. Mark Hughes could be tempted by the chance to join Villa, but the club would have to pay Fulham a significant amount of compensation seeing as the Welshman has only been in charge of the London side for just over a month.
Also, it is unclear as to whether a newly appointed Aston Villa boss would be given funds, and seeing as the transfer window closes today, the new manager will be forced to work with the current squad without being able to make any additions.