Hughes close to Fulham job

FULHAM owner Mohamed Al Fayed has added Mark Hughes to his managerial shopping list as they step up the hunt to find Roy Hodgson’s successor.

Mark Hughes is thought to be closing in on the managerial hotseat at Fulham after holding talks with Al Fayed in the wake of the failure to prise Martin Jol from Ajax. The Cottagers chairman also has Sven-Goran Eriksson and Ottmar Hitzfeld on the shortlist to succeed Roy Hodgson.

But he is keen to know whether Hughes, the former Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers and Wales manager, can be tempted before he makes a firm move.

Hughes has been out of work since his dismissal from Manchester City last December, and he has bided his time for the right job. Fayed is determined to build on the success of last season, and he is ready to back his manager in the transfer market with funds he has placed aside.

Meanwhile, another late contender for the post is Roberto Donadoni. The Italian guided his native country to the Euro 2008 quarter-finals, but after being sacked by Napoli in October, the 46-year-old is thought to be interested in the post as he seeks opportunities to get back into football management.

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