Sunday 28 July 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Mark Hughes took over at Craven Cottage after agreeing a two-year deal to become manager of Fulham.
"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"
The club had been seeking a successor to Roy Hodgson after the future England manager left the London club the previous month to take over as manager of Liverpool.
Hughes had been out of work since parting company with Manchester City the previous December and decided to take the opportunity to return to the top flight with Fulham, having previously worked at Blackburn Rovers and having cut his teeth in management with Wales.
The Welshman had large shoes to fill in replacing Hodgson given his predecessor had saved the club from relegation, led them to their highest ever finish in the Barclays Premier League – seventh in 2008/09 – and masterminded arguably the most improbable of European campaigns by guiding the Cottagers to the final of the UEFA Europa League, which they lost narrowly in extra time to Atletico Madrid.
"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," said the then-46-year-old. "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.”
In his only season at the club Hughes led Fulham to an eighth-placed finish and qualification for the UEFA Europa League via the Fair Play League. He resigned in June 2011.
The following season he took charge at Queens Park Rangers, where he remained for another 11 months before being sacked after a disappointing start to the 2012/13 campaign. He is currently preparing for his first season as manager of Stoke City after replacing Tony Pulis in the summer.