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Fulham reaches agreement with Hughes

  • Guardian, Thursday, July 29, 2010 5:07 PM

Spurned by Ajax to cut a deal with Martin Jol, Fulham has moved quickly to sign ex-Welsh international Mark Hughes to manage the Europa League.

Formerly the manager of Blackburn and Manchester City, Hughes will take over a team that reached the Europa League final and finished 10th in the Premier League last season under Roy Hodgson, who took over at Liverpool several weeks ago.

U.S. coach Bob Bradley had been mentioned among candidates for the Fulham job, but Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed brought Hughes' name forward when discussions with Jol and Ajax broke down.

Among Hughes' tasks is to decide what to do with U.S. forward Eddie Johnson, who has failed to impress while with the club, which has sent him out on loan without much success. Johnson scored a goal in a 5-0 preseason win over Brentford last week.

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