Mark Hughes hired as Fulham manager

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Fulham confirmed the appointment of former Manchester City manager Mark Hughes on a two-year contract on Thursday night.

New Fulham manager Mark Hughes poses for photographers with a team shirt
New Fulham manager Mark Hughes poses for photographers with a team shirt

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The Cottagers opted for Hughes, who has been out of work since being fired by City in December, after their pursuit of Ajax boss Martin Jol was hindered by the Dutch club.

Fulham had been seeking a manager since Roy Hodgson departed the West London club for Liverpool last month.

Hughes now faces the tough task of taking Fulham forward after Hodgson managed to lead them to the Europa League final last season.

"I am joining on the back of two of the most successful seasons in the club's history and that in itself brings with it the challenges of expectation and ambition," Hughes told the club's website.

"I am confident that with some additions to the squad, hard work and commitment, we can move this club forward in the right direction.

"I'm looking forward to working with the squad as soon as possible and in making sure the on-pitch preparations are complete before the first competitive ball is kicked in August."

Fulham chairman Mohamed Al-Fayed added: "I know that he understands my vision for the club and believes in what we want achieve.

"We have enjoyed two incredibly successful years and my hopes and dreams for this club are for that journey to continue.

"I am confident that with his Premier League and national team successes, Mark will be a great guy for the job."

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