Hughes appointment imminent - reports

Mark Hughes will be unveiled as Fulham’s new manager today, according to widespread media reports.

The Cottagers have been on the lookout for a new boss since Roy Hodgson left Craven Cottage to join Liverpool at the start of the month.

Their attention was first focused on Ajax boss Martin Jol, but when the Dutch side refused to let the former Tottenham boss leave, chairman Mohamed Al Fayed was forced to look elsewhere.

Hughes has been without a job since being sacked by Manchester City last December and replaced by Roberto Mancini.

He began his managerial career with Wales in 1999 and took them to the brink of qualification for Euro 2004, eventually losing a play-off to Russia.

In 2004, he was appointed by Blackburn, where his achievements included an FA Cup semi-final and a place in the UEFA Cup.

He joined Manchester City in 2008, but the job description changed radically soon after when the Abu Dhabi United Group took over the club, making them the richest in world football.

Despite a massive influx of players, Hughes could not do enough to satisfy the new owners and was eventually sacked last year.

He will take over a Fulham side who enjoyed a season of unexpected success last year.

Under Hodgson, they reached the Europa League final, where they lost to Atletico Madrid in the first major European final in their history.

Sven-Goran Eriksson and Ottmar Hitzfeld were also believed to have been on Fulham’s shortlist.

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