hughes takes fulham reins
Mark Hughes was last night confirmed as Fulham's new manager after agreeing a two-year deal.
Fulham had been seeking a replacement for Roy Hodgson since he swapped Craven Cottage for Anfield earlier this summer, and failed in a bid to prise Martin Jol from Ajax.
Hughes emerged as the frontrunner after talks with the Dutchman ran their course, and he will begin work at the club immediately, taking charge of his first match in the friendly meeting with Werder Bremen on August 7.
Hughes acknowledged the success Hodgson enjoyed at the club but has already set out his own blueprint for taking them forward.
Hughes said: "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. I am confident that with some additions to the squad, hard work and commitment, we can move this club forward in the right direction."