Mark Hughes left Fulham as the club did not match the former Manchester City and Blackburn Rover manager’s ambitions, says the 47-year-old’s agent Kia Joorabchian.
However, could Hughes somewhat surprising exit from the West London club, as the former Wales boss wishes to fight for championships on a national and european stage, cost him a potential place amongst the elite of football’s management fraternity?
Speaking to Sky Sports News from the Argentine capital Buenos Aires yesterday, Joorabchian said: “He’s an ambitious manager. One of the things he looked for at the end of the season was to see if there was an ambition for Fulham to go to the next level.
“Mark left Fulham because he wanted to explore his aspirations, [he] wants to go to a club where he can fight for titles and win championships.
“He gave Fulham everything he possible could in [his] one year and he wanted to be honest with them, rather than them spend in the transfer window buying players that he would recommend and then he comes to leave in November or December or January – the middle of the year.”
The agent, who also represents Carlos Tevez went on to say that Hughes would be very interested in the vacant managers role at Chelsea, which would allow the Welshman to fight for titles.
“Mark has aspirations to manage [at a club like Chelsea] – I’m sure that if they approach [him] Mark would be more than happy to speak with them, it would be an honour for him.”
But here’s the thing though….After a clear jumping of ship – whether Hughes thought that he was in line for the vacant manager’s position at Aston Villa, I guess we will never know – Hughes has shown that he is more concerned with the good of Mark Hughes than the good of the club.
The manager’s who tend to gravitate towards the top jobs – the likes of Carlo Ancelotti, Leonardo, Guus Hiddink (Jose Mourinho and his contempt for his employers would be the exception rather than the rule) even Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger – always talk about things being for the good of the club. They speak with modesty and humility. They seemingly always put the club and their employers above themselves, showing respect irregardless of circumstances, Ancelotti’s last few months at Stamford Bridge being a case in point.
Hughes however, with his walking away from Craven Cottage at the first available opportunity, and then the very public talking down of the club and their ambitions by his agent, hasn’t endeared himself to anyone in the past few days, least of all the watching shareholders and owners of football clubs up and down the country and across Europe.
If he’s willing to walk away from a job after 11 months, especially after Fulham owner Mohammed Al Fayed placed his faith in the Welshman in December – Fulham were in the relegation zone after a dismal 3-1 home defeat by West Ham let us not forget – then why would clubs be willing to put their faith in him if his loyalty has been seen to be questionable previously?
For a manager with a win percentage of just 33% last season, the manager known as ‘Sparky’ has no right to feel as though he deserves his place amongst the elite. Joorabchian, an agent with one of the biggest contact lists in the game, has certainly hyped up his client. Hughes must now be hoping, more than ever, that it’s a case not what, but who you know.