The wait is finally over for fans of Fulham. The team finally has a new manager. According to the official Fulham website, Fulhamfc.com, the club is confirming that Mark Hughes has become the new manager of the Cottagers.The article mentions that Hughes will start immediately.
The story goes on to discuss that Hughes will be in the dugout on August 7th against Werder Bremen in a friendly at Craven Cottage. The press conference to announce him as the new manager will be Tuesday August 3rd the article states.
Mark Hughes is the former manager for Manchester City. He also was in charge of Blackburn from 2004 - 2008. Before that he was manager of Wales from 1999 - 2004.
The article from Fulhamfc.com also has some great quotes from Chairman Mohamed Al Fayed and Mark Hughes.
Below is the quote from Fulham Chairman Mohamed Al Fayed.
‘I would like to welcome Mark Hughes to Fulham. I know that he understands my vision for the Club, and believes in what we want achieve.
‘We have enjoyed two incredibly successful years, and my hopes and dreams for this club are for that journey to continue. I am confident that with his Premier League and National Team successes, Mark will be a great guy for the job.'
Next, I have a quotes below from new Fulham manager Mark Hughes.
‘I am happy to have joined Fulham following much speculation regarding the appointment of a new Manager. I have discussed my aspirations with both the Chairman and Alistair Mackintosh and believe that we are aligned in our aims for what can realistically be achieved here.
‘I am joining on the back of two of the most successful seasons in the Club’s history, and that in itself brings with it the challenges of expectation and ambition. I am confident that with some additions to the squad, hard work and commitment, we can move this Club forward in the right direction.
‘I hope the Fulham fans will enjoy some special times during this season’s campaign and we will work hard to achieve that. I’m looking forward to working with the squad as soon as possible, and in making sure the on-pitch preparations are complete before the first competitive ball is kicked in August.’
Fulham now have their manager. The season begins in only a few weeks. It is time to look forward to the new season. I am sure the next couple of weeks there will be plenty of stories surrounding the club. I will continue to bring you the most up to date information I can find on the Cottagers.