WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Fulham manager Mark Hughes gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fulham at Molineux on April 23, 2011 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
News has just broken that Mark Hughes has resigned as Fulham manager. We don't know for certain that he's Villa bound but all indications seem to point that way despite Hughes' insistence that he has " not been approached by another club." Of course, people say a lot of things. We shall see.
Full reaction to come if and when Hughes is confirmed as manager, but suffice to say I would not be pleased with the signing for a multitude of reasons. I don't think Hughes would be a poor manager but I don't like the style his teams play and I don't see him doing anything to move Villa forward significantly. I cannot fathom Hughes garnering results any better than the team achieved under Martin O'Neill and quite frankly I'd prefer a mid-table team that plays interesting football than a team on the fringes of the Europa League places that plays boring football.
Maybe that makes me a snob or maybe it means I don't have my priorities straight. If that's the case, so be it. Football is entertainment and Mark Hughes does not manage teams that I find the least bit entertaining. I hope the reports tying him to Villa are wrong. If that isn't the case, I hope I am wrong in my assessment of his abilities. Sadly, I don't see either of those situations being the case.
Update: According to a release from Fulham, Hughes is not able to leave the club until the end of June. So, the plot thickens just that little bit.
Update #2: Sky Sports News is now reporting that Villa are not considering Hughes for the job. So do with that what you will.