Hughes regrets Fulham resignation

first_img Hughes spent a promising year at Fulham, guiding the team to an impressive eighth spot in the Premier League in 2010-11. He is proud of that achievement but is now focusing on his task with Stoke, where he has made an encouraging start since being appointed in the summer. The past fortnight has brought setbacks, however, with defeats to Arsenal and Norwich, and Hughes wants to get back to winning ways at his old club. He said: “I had a great time at Fulham, there are some fantastic people there. “We had a great year. We were eighth in the Premier League when I left, their second-highest position ever in the Premier League. “At the time I made a decision I thought was correct but in hindsight it probably wasn’t. “I think most Fulham fans will feel I did well in a short amount of time. “I don’t think I have got anything to prove there. I am looking to go back there with my team now, which is Stoke, and do well. “We need to get back on track.” Hughes is disappointed that his successor at Fulham, Martin Jol, has come under fire in recent weeks. Fulham have made an indifferent start to the season, collecting just four points from six games, but Hughes says it is too early to write off the Dutchman. He said: “I think it is really crazy at this early stage of the season. “It is ridiculous that a quality manager like Martin Jol is coming under pressure. “He has got great experience and has worked at a high level throughout his career. “He has the ability and knowledge to get through a perceived period of uncertainty.” Hughes has earned plaudits for some of his early work at Stoke, notably his desire to develop a more fluid passing style and change the perception of the team as physical and direct. The reign of former manager Tony Pulis continues to cast a shadow, however, with reports this week of a bust-up between players at the training ground. It was claimed that captain Ryan Shawcross told off striker Kenywne Jones for publicly criticising the former boss and an argument involving several players ensued. Hughes said: “That was a fabrication. It never actually happened. “I don’t know why the guy who wrote the story seemed to want to go down that route. “Whether or not he has got an agenda and is trying to be mischievous, I have no idea. It certainly didn’t happen.” Stoke owner Peter Coates has since asked players to stop speaking publicly about Pulis. Hughes said: “Mr Coates has mentioned that it is unhelpful to keep bringing Tony up and I fully agree with that. “But there was never any bust-up. It was a total fabrication.” Hughes resigned as Fulham manager in the summer of 2011, citing a desire to further his career. At the time he was heavily linked with the vacancy at Aston Villa but it was QPR where he was eventually to work next, and it proved to be a dismal experience. Press Association Mark Hughes has admitted he made a mistake in leaving Fulham as he prepares to return to the west London club with Stoke this weekend. The Welshman was sacked last November after just 10 chaotic months at Loftus Road with his team bottom of the Premier League. He is now hoping to revive his career at Stoke but revealed regret over his Fulham exit as he prepared for his first return to Craven Cottage. The 49-year-old said: “I left under something of a cloud. “At the time I made the decision to leave because, given what I knew and what I thought was going to happen in the future, I couldn’t commit to a new contract. “I made the decision to leave but, with hindsight, it was probably the wrong decision. “When I was there I had a few doubts over what kind of investment would be made available to strengthen the team. “I interpreted that as maybe that the club didn’t want to keep on progressing. “Obviously, almost immediately after I left they started investing in good players and spending some money, so I probably got that wrong.” last_img read more

Spurs post brilliant Oscars-inspired film posters including Son in 60 Seconds

first_imgTOTTENHAM have released some fantastic Oscars-inspired film posters ahead of the 92nd Academy Awards.The North London club flooded their social media with some hilarious mock-ups of famous Hollywood film posters with a twist.8 Heung-min Son and Lucas Moura have had their names adapted into famous Hollywood films ahead of the OscarsThe names of the renowned blockbusters have been altered to include some of Spurs’ most recognisable stars.Superstar actors have had also had their faces replaced by shots of some of Tottenham’s current squad on the posters.Tottenham have been enjoying the Premier League’s new winter break ahead of their clash with Aston Villa next Sunday and the players will all have had a chuckle at the club’s banter.The Spurs social media team had a field day with a number of cracking film-based puns ahead of the 2020 Oscars ceremony taking place in Los Angeles tonight.One example included the 2000 film Gone in 60 Seconds starring Nicolas Cage which became “Son in 60 Seconds” in a nod to Spurs’ South Korean star Son Heung-min.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on TottenhamWhile the Adam Sandler classic Happy Gilmore was changed to “Happy Gilmoura” in honour of Brazilian winger Lucas Moura.Moura would have felt like a film star last season when he played the starring role in Spurs’ dramatic Champions League comeback.The former PSG man was Spurs’ superhero as he scored a hat-trick in the Champions League semi-final second leg against Ajax.Moura’s 95th minute winner sealed Tottenham’s place in the final after an improbable comeback from 3-0 down on aggregate at half-time.And it is not just Moura’s heroics on the pitch that make him fit to be a movie star as his rags to riches life story could easily be mistaken for a film script.The 27-year-old rose from poverty in Brazil to play for boyhood side Sao Paulo before excelling in Europe.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for him8 Eric Dier replaces Bruce Willis as Die Hard 4.0 becomes “Dier Hard 4.0″8 Jan Vertonghen is “Super Jan” in this Super Man film posterEngland star Eric Dier is renowned for his no-nonsense tackling and he replaces legendary hardman Bruce Willis as Die Hard 4.0 becomes “Dier Hard 4.0” in another poster.Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen did not look great when he was hauled off against Southampton but perhaps his new role as “Super Jan” will raise his spirits.On a day where Storm Ciara caused a number of matches to be cancelled, Tottenham’s funny film posters will have helped put a smile back on the face of some football supporters.8 Reserve goalkeeper Michel Vorm replaces Jason Bourne8 Ryan Sessegnon becomes the star of 1998 Oscar winning film Saving Private Ryan8 Davinson Sanchez turns James Cameron’s Avatar into “Davatar”8 Juan Foyth stars in “Juan Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”8 Erik Lamela finds himself on the poster of the 1991 horror film The Silence of the LambsHarry Kane shares training video and insists he is ‘making gains’ after injury in huge boost to Tottenham and Englandlast_img read more

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