Aston Villa Consider Shock Move For Fulham Boss Mark Hughes

Aston Villa could make are lining up Fulham manager Mark Hughes, even though he is yet to take charge of a competitive game.

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Aston Villa were on Monday night considering making a formal approach for Fulham’s Mark Hughes after Martin O’Neill quit as the club’s manager.

Extraordinarily, Hughes is believed to figure prominently in Villa’s possible candidates even though he signed a two-year deal at Craven Cottage only on July 29 and is yet to take charge of a competitive game.

However the only chance of Hughes leaving Fulham would be if the club accepted his contract being bought out by Villa. It is unthinkable that Fulham would even countenance this, or that Hughes would welcome it at this stage, which means that Villa will have to start a wider search just four days before the start of the Premier League season. (Telegraph)

It seems as though Aston Villa were last night considering a shock move for Fulham manager Mark Hughes, just days after the Welsh manager was confirmed as the London club’s new boss. Hughes is regarded highly in the Aston Villa camp but it remains to be seen whether club owner Randy Lerner would be willing to buy out Hughes’s contract in order to bring him to Villa Park.

Martin O’Neill departed from Aston Villa last night, leaving the club without a manager just days before the start of the Premier League season. With James Milner’s sale to Manchester City imminent and Ashley Young still attracting interest from Tottenham Hotspur, it was thought that tension in the Villa camp was high.

It is speculated that one of the reasons for Martin O’Neill eventually leaving the club was that transfer funds from the prospective player sales would not be made available to him, indicating that Lerner may have to widen his search in order to find a more financially viable option than Hughes. Other names in the frame include Martin Jol, who would also prove costly, Sven-Goran Eriksson and Alan Curbishley.

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