All signs point to Stamford Bridge
The ready answer to Mark Hughes’s Fulham departure: He was angling for the Aston Villa job after it became clear that Gerard Houllier’s health would not permit continuing as manager. But for the clearly ambitious Hughes was this really a good move?
In the light of a gentlemen’s agreement between the CEO’s of the two clubs this was a move that was never going to happen. Hughes’s agent is the controversial and dodgy Kia Joorabchian who introduced the English league to the murky world of third party ownership through Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano.
John Terry comes out with a statement saying he would welcome either Guus Hiddink or Mark Hughes:
“Mark Hughes would have the qualities, I think he has shown that for sure, [he is] someone the club will hopefully be talking to. I know Mark and his staff. The understanding of the club and what it means to the supporters will come naturally to those guys. If he is linked in, it will be welcome to the players.”
So does Hughes represent a real possibility for Roman Abramovich? The first choice remains Hiddink obviously but the Russian owner has shown he’s not afraid to go with a random choice – Avram Grant replaced Mourinho and managed Chelsea for a year and Big Phil Scolari was pulled back into a club role following a number of years coaching national teams.