Earlier today I speculated that something was clearly amiss and that the word on the street was that Mark Hughes was leaving Craven Cottage and that has proven to be exactly the case.
News broke, late this afternoon that Hughes had resigned as the manager of Fulham Football Club.
It transpires that Hughes has clearly had his head turned by the speculation linking him with a move to Aston Villa and we suspect that the Midlands club will be announcing his appointment in the next day or so.
Hughes lasted one season at Craven Cottage but the manner in which his contract was worded gave him every chance to leave us in the lurch.
Speaking about his departure though, Hughes has been quick to emphasise that nothing underhand has gone on, commenting,
“I would like to take this position to clarify that neither myself or my representative have approached or been approached by another club. This decision to leave Fulham has not been influenced by any outside party.”
“I would like to thank the chairman, directors and fans of Fulham Football Club for their support over the last twelve months and wish them every success for the future.”
“I believe my management team and I have done a good job and the club has a good foundation from which they can go forward.”
“I have especially enjoyed an excellent relationship with the chairman and chief executive. I hope that the supporters and all those connected will understand that as a young, ambitious manager I wish to move on to further my experiences.”
Anyone else think Hughes has used us purely as a stepping stone or a stop-gap appointment until something bigger comes along?
And to think I felt genuinely sorry for Hughes when City sacked him!
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