Mark Hughes has resigned as manager of Fulham amidst intense speculation that he will become the next manager of Aston Villa, following the departure from Villa Park of Gerard Houllier, who left his post yesterday evening, due largely to health reasons.
“I would like to thank the chairman, directors, players and fans of Fulham Football Club for their support over the last 12 months and wish them every success in the future” said the departing Hughes.
“I believe my management team and I have done a good job and the club has a strong foundation from which they can go forward. I have especially enjoyed our excellent relationship with the chairman and chief executive [Alastair Mackintosh].
“I sincerely wish Fulham a successful campaign in the Europa League next season and for their continued progress on and off the field.”
Hughes, 47, has left Craven Cottage after a mere 11 months in charge of the West London club, having guided the club to a top 10 finish last season, and has denied being in contact with anyone from the Midlands club.
“Neither myself nor my representative have approached or have been approached by any other clubs” added Hughes.
“This decision to leave Fulham has not been influenced by any outside party.
“As a young, ambitious manager I wish to move on to further my experiences.”
Nonetheless, it would be a huge surprise if the former Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers and Wales boss doesn’t become the latest incumbant of the manager’s office at Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training ground.