Hughes: I should not have left Fulham
Mark Hughes has revealed that he regrets leaving Fulham over two years ago, having had a ‘fantastic time at the club’, reports ESPN.
The Welshman turned down the option to sign a new two-year contract with then-owner Mohammed Al Fayed and chose to activate break clause in his deal - before he eventually ended up in his ill-fated alliance with Queens Park Rangers.
Hughes, 49, has spoken at length about his problems at QPR, but has also admitted that he may not have become embroiled in the mess at Loftus Road if he had remained working with Al Fayed.
“In hindsight I should not have left Fulham when I did. That is something I have thought about. I had such a fantastic time at the club and I felt that we had a great season,” said Hughes.
“We finished eighth in the Premier League and we had some good times. I view my team there as a success. I hope that most Fulham fans think that too, but I don't feel that I have anything to prove to them,” Hughes added.
Following suggestions of a row in his Stoke dressing room after a bust-up between Ryan Shawcross and Kenwyne Jones, Hughes was quick to deny such allegations.
“No rift between Kenwyne and Ryan happened. I don't know why the reporter wrote what he did and I am more interested in putting things right with a good result,” said Hughes.
“It was disappointing not to reach the levels we had reached earlier in the season and we need to put that right. There is a sense of disappointment in the air with the players, but they are a good group and we want to look forward and put things right, but we are under no illusions that it will be difficult.”
Hughes’ successor at Fulham, Martin Jol, is finding himself under pressure after a poor start to the season, and suggestions have already been made that Fulham’s new owner Shahid Khan is considering making a change. Martin O’Neill has been linked as a possible successor to the Dutchman.
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