Mark Hughes: I needed to get back to work


Mark Hughes has revealed that one of the main reasons why he decided to become Fulham's new manager was his desire to start working again.

The former Wales and Blackburn Rovers boss had been without a job since being axed by Manchester City in December 2009.

Hughes, who was last week confirmed as Roy Hodgson's successor at Craven Cottage after signing a two-year contract, said at a press conference:"I made the decision that this is the right club for me at this time. It feels a good fit.

"The attraction, obviously, is the opportunity to get back into work. I needed to get back to work. The situation with Fulham was maybe the perception I had of Fulham's ambitions.

"Obviously, I was disappointed (to leave Manchester City) because I felt I was doing a good job, given the circumstances. I think no-one else could have done as good a job as I did, given the circumstances. I felt we were fully on track with the expectations of the owners.

"I think the job Roy (Hodgson) did was magnificent. He maximised the results out of the group he had. That's what I've always tried to do. The way I set my team up, I think that will lend itself to the work Roy put in place.

"We don't have the distraction of the Europa League this season. That's a big ask when you're involved in that competition. We had that experience the year before at City.

"I think the fact we haven't got that this year is a bonus. If we can get into the top ten this year, that'll be good progress.

"I think it's fair to say that we need more attacking options. We'll look at that and I think what everybody knows is quality strikers are at a premium."

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