Mark Hughes abandons Fulham FC. Why?

by Michael Somerville

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

They defended him, they worked their socks off for him and praised him in front of Mohammed Al Fayed when he demanded why the club was in the relegation zone at Christmas.

The players rallied together in strong spirit, digging the club out of bad league form with booming away wins at Stoke, Birmingham and Sunderland whilst keeping up their excellent home form, propelling Fulham FC to their second highest top flight finish and securing European football.

However, Mark Hughes has resigned as Fulham boss, even after releasing a public statement saying that he had no intention of leaving the club and was looking forward to next year.

As a Fulham fan myself I was looking forward to next season already with Hughes at the helm. Of course, his physical play didn’t exactly fit the Fulham ethos. Fulham are no Blackburn Rovers and don’t look to employ the likes of Robbie Savage and El-Hadj Diouf.

A strong first XI was firmly in place and this summer was designed to bring in a top playmaker and strength in depth for the busy Europa excursion ahead. Now, with three managers in three seasons it is going to be difficult for the players to adapt yet again to a different style of playing.

Hughes has not covered himself in glory in his latest decision and his departure has sparked a predictably furious reaction from fans.
His shady agent, Kia Joorbrachin has overseen the careers of Carlos Tevez and Javier Maschereno and is clearly a man with money on his mind. Money ahead of morals perhaps?

It looks like Hughesy could be left with egg on his face. Aston Villa have reportedly got cold feet about hiring him, given his abrupt fling with Fulham and decidedly cold departure. It looks like (from the outside) that he is using smaller clubs as a ‘stepping stone’ to bigger clubs with more transfer funds.

There’s nothing wrong with healthy ambition, but it would help his cause if he didn’t lie his way through his jobs, telling chairman Al Fayed that he is staying and then 24 hours later, announcing that he is leaving for pastures new.

Mark, I’m disappointed in your lack of faith in Fulham, the players and staff and the fans but I’m not too sad to see you leave West London. Your press conferences were always anodyne and your aggressive footballing mentality were not always welcome.

However, thank you for giving young players such as Matthew Briggs and David Stockdale a chance in the league against top sides. I’m sure they will be great players in the future for the club and possibly even for England.

Fulham FC could do with some stability and consistency. In the words of Mary J. Blige- “No More Drama.”

Good luck in getting rich Mr Hughes…

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