Fulham Would be Wise to Install Mark Hughes as New Boss

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NEWPORT, WALES - JUNE 03:  Manchester City Manager Mark Hughes in action during the pro-am for the Celtic Manor Wales Open on the 2010 Course at The Celtic Manor Resort on June 3, 2009 in Newport, Wales.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Mohamed Al Fayed adds Mark Hughes to Fulham’s managerial shopping list
• Fulham chairman may ask Hughes to succeed Roy Hodgson
• Sven-Goran Eriksson moves down the pecking order

Mohamed Al Fayed has sought talks with Mark Hughes over the managerial vacancy at Fulham, as he broadens his search in the wake of the failure to prise Martin Jol from Ajax. The Fulham chairman also has Sven-Goran Eriksson and Ottmar Hitzfeld on the shortlist to succeed Roy Hodgson, who has left for Liverpool, but he is keen to know whether Hughes, the former Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers and Wales manager, can be tempted before he makes a firm move.

Eriksson, who has the offer of another contract with Ivory Coast on the table, had hoped to hear from Fulham at the weekend to invite him in for discussions. The former England manager would welcome such an opportunity. But the call did not come, leaving him to fear he is down the pecking order. Hitzfeld has a contract with Switzerland, whom he took to the World Cup, but Fulham believe that he could be lured to Craven Cottage.

Hughes has been out of work since his dismissal from Manchester City last December, and he has bided his time for the right job. Were he to be approached by Fulham, he would have to think long and hard about uprooting his family from the north-west but the money potentially on offer, for his contract and signings, would not be a problem. Fayed is determined to build on the success of last season, when Hodgson took the team to the Europa League final, and he is ready to back his manager in the transfer market. (Guardian)

Many considered Mark Hughes’s sacking as Manchester City boss last December as a tad harsh. The Welshman’s overall managerial record stands up well to scrutiny and his spell at the City of Manchester Stadium was solid if not spectacular, the way he was axed after losing just two out of 18 Premier League games was perhaps typical of a board that were looking for instant success, so much so that the success that Hughes achieved just wasn’t enough.

The former Man United legend has had time to think about things. Time to play a bit of golf and relax but he must surely be champing at the bit to get back in the game. We are after all talking about a man who has spent at most six months out of the game out of the past 30 years as player and boss and clearly some time doing both jobs.

He is a man who doesn’t mince his words but a manager who can make the most of what he has to play with. There will be some who think that Roy Hodgson took the Craven Cottage club as far as they could go, but that would firstly patronising to the club as a whole but also mean that anyone taking the west London club’s hot-seat with an impossible task.

Its coincidental that the two front runners that Mohamed Al Fayed is mulling over have both been pushed out at City but they both have very different approaches to the game and in my view the club would be better off opting for the 46 year old with a point to prove over the Swedish veteran who appears to flit from one large cash offer to another. Also in recent years Eriksson’s failures have dwarfed his successes.

Hughes would surely be tempted by such a move knowing that money would be made available for new additions and that there wouldn’t be such a hefty pressure to achieve instant achievements.

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