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Dave Jones And Roberto Martinez Head List To Replace Mark Hughes At Fulham

Craven Cottage look for successors for Villa Park-bound Welshman.

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Fulham owner Mohamed Al-Fayed has put Dave Jones and Roberto Martinez at the top of his managerial short-list as Mark Hughes looks likely to move to Aston Villa.

Hughes will succeed Gerard Houllier in the Villa Park hot-seat after his contract with the Cottagers expired yesterday.

This leaves him free to talk to other clubs with the Welshman excited by the prospect of joining a club with grand ambitions.

Al-Fayed now wants Jones, who was sacked this week by Cardiff City, or Martinez, who guided Wigan to safety on a dramatic final day of the Premier League season.

Jones has not managed in the Premier league since he took Wolverhampton Wanderers up from the Championship in 2003.

He is a highly respected manager and seen by many as a safe pair of hands. His availability is a major attraction to Al-Fayed.

Martinez is regarded as one of the brightest young managers in the country.

He has performed considerably well as Wigan boss and has kept the club in the top flight for the last two seasons by playing attractive football.

But Wigan owner Dave Whelan is not about to let his man go easily and will ask for a considerable compensation deal.

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