Mark Hughes as a late candidate for Chelsea Manager?

After quitting Fulham yesterday, Mark Hughes had been installed last night as 8-1 for the Chelsea manager's job. I am not so sure. Ever...

After quitting Fulham yesterday, Mark Hughes had been installed last night as 8-1 for the Chelsea manager's job. I am not so sure. Everything is pointing to Guus Hiddink coming back to Chelsea after tonight's game between Turkey and Belgium and I still predict that will be the case, but can we rule Hughes out of the running as easily as that?.

Hughes left Fulham out of the blue you have to say and claims that there has been no contact with any other club. As part of the agreement with him leaving Fulham, he is unable to speak to any other club until 1st July. Chelsea's first pre season game against Vitesse is on 9th July so he would only have a short period of time working with the players.

I have to say being honest, I am not surprised he left Fulham and that's no disrespect from me to our neighbours, but because of what he said in his press conference when he took over there. He said:
'I made the decision that this is the right club for me at this time".

I thought at the time it seemed a little bit harsh and that he wouldn't be there for long and we have been proved right. I know some Fulham fans and one in particular who never really took to him but he managed to get Fulham an eighth place finish in the League and back into the Europa League so you have to be honest and say it's been a decent/good season.

The thing is where does he go from here?. All press and media coverage of the news that broke yesterday have him heading to Villa Park to take over but Villa have denied that he is a "candidate" for their job. Could they just be saying that because of the clause that he is unable to speak to anyone until 1st July and if he does now it looks like they have tapped him up?.

Or, could coming to Chelsea be a realistic possibility?. Maybe a dream partnership of Hughes with Zola has his Assistant could be on Chelsea fan's minds this morning?. Hughes tends to take Mark Bowen with him everywhere he goes so maybe it wouldn't happen anyway.

I can't help to think that if you are a manager who wants to become successful and established within your own right, especially if you have stepped into management after playing the game at a substantial level, then why would you not be interested in coming to Chelsea and apply for the job?.

Do we honestly believe that Mark Hughes would apply to Roman Abramovich about becoming our manager and do we think he would be successful here?. What do you think of his managerial career so far and could he get the best out of our players? He would certainly command the respect of the players and I think the majority of Chelsea fans would welcome his appointment.

What do you think? Are we to take "reports" of Hughes to Chelsea seriously?


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