It’s been confirmed that former Manchester United and Chelsea striker Mark Hughes will take charge at Fulham on Monday morning. Hughes will be officially unveiled at a press conference on Monday, when he is expected to signal his intention to push for a place in European competition.
Off the back of the two most successful seasons in the club’s history, which culminated in heartbreak at the final of May’s inaugural Europa League final, Hughes is determined to press onwards and upwards.
"I have discussed my aspirations with the chairman…and believe that we are aligned in our aims for what can realistically be achieved here," said Hughes.
"I hope the Fulham fans will enjoy some special times during this season’s campaign and we will work hard to achieve that."
Hughes replaces Roy Hodgson, mastermind of Fulham’s transformation from relegation battlers to Europa League finalists, as he departed to take charge of Liverpool at the beginning of July. While the new Liverpool manager looked confident as his inexperienced side easily dispatched Rabotnicki Skopje by two goals to nil last night, Hughes doesn’t have the luxury of looking back on a particularly successful managerial career to ease fans’ nerves.
These worries are reflected in the odds you’ll get for a disappointing finish this May; as Sky Bet reckons at 4/9 that they won’t end the season in the top half of the Premier League. Evidence to the contrary is a little thin on the ground at the moment, though this won’t stop Hughes from chatting up a couple of his former players at Man City. Only time will tell if Hughes can make a success of himself at Fulham, or if it’ll be the same old story; Tote Sport are providing odds of 16-1 that he’ll be the next Premiership manager out of a job!