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A Tale of Two Statements?

The departure of Mark Hughes, one leading tabloid reckons, could well have been down to a lack of ambition shown by the club.

If we take a trip back in time to May 11th 2011 we find that Mark Hughes is quoted as saying,

"I am very happy at Craven Cottage and am looking forward to building on what we have achieved this season. I enjoy a good relationship with the owner, management, players and fans of Fulham and look forward to continuing that relationship next season."

But returning to yesterday, June 2nd 2011 and Mark`s departing statement, we find that things had changed dramatically,

"As a young ambitious manager I wish to move on to further my experiences. I would also like to take this opportunity to clarify that neither myself nor my representative have approached - or have been approached - by another club."

Something that was subsequently born out when Aston Villa blew out of the water speculation that Hughes was the favourite to become their manager by remarking he wasn`t even on their radar.

So what has changed so dramatically in such a short space of time?

Clearly something is amiss, clearly something changed to make Hughes walk away.

If the crux of the matter is a lack of ambition, or to put it more succinctly a lack of transfer funds compared to what Hughes wanted, where does it leave us as a football club?

Would you want to come to Craven Cottage knowing that mid-table after mid-table is all you`re likely to ever accomplish in and working in an environment whereby transfers are from the bargain bucket, or have we gauged the whole situation wrong?

Perhaps Hughes never had any intention of remaining at Craven Cottage on a long term basis. Perhaps Hughes saw the post merely as a gap-filler on a curriculum vitae that didn`t need an eighteen month gap. Perhaps Hughes used us to simply fill that gap knowing we were always too good to put a relegation black-spot on the reference document and that something just above mid-table would be recognised as a decent enough spell here?

Who knows anymore!



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Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday June 3 2011

Time: 10:08AM

Your Comments

I'd love to see a little more investment in players, but I also don't want to risk a financial collapse if things take a downward turn. Mid-table obscurity beats the hell out of relegation.
Teddy_KGB
WE HAVE TOP 6 OR 7 POTENCIAL WITH ALL PLAYERS FIT HUGHES MUST HAVE GOT 1 OR 2 MILLON OUT OF US YOU WILL SEE HIM NAMED CHELSEA BOSS WITH IN THE NEXT MONTH ME THINKSONE DEAL ALREADY
truth sayer ffc
Agree with TS - looks like Sparky's aiming on a Chelsea seat using Villa as a perfect backup plan as he's already a favourite. Still can't believe he stabbed us like that, one good thing is it's June 2nd not August 2nd.
artilleria pesada
why would he go to chelsea... he's been at a club with a wealthy, hands-on owner, and had a particularly awful time there, to the degree that he's still bitter about losing his job at man city... can he really be aiming for a job that has the security of chelsea manager? ancelotti won the double last year and now he's no good... does hughes think he's better... can't be... he used us as filler on his cv and a stepping stone to "better" things, if you consider the villa job better...
woodysweats
 

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