MAYBE the Fulham chief executive’s trek to Amsterdam last summer will come in handy after all.
Alistair Mackintosh spent two days trying to persuade Martin Jol to swap the Amstel for the Thames – but came back empty handed.
Job already done then on the selling front, and with the Whites a couple of weeks away from the Europa League, an extra enticement for the former Spurs boss to finally sign on the dotted line.
One’s thing for sure, Fulham need a new man double quick.
And why would Mark Hughes have quit after just one year and a measure of success at the Cottage, anyway?
Because Fulham don’t match up to his ambitions, that’s why. And anyone who read our exclusive with Glenn Hoddle speculating on Sparky’s future will hardly be amazed the former Chelsea striker has departed so soon.
He had to be persuaded to join in the first place after the Jol overtures went down the pan – not the best of starts when you really want a bit more enthusiasm from the new man.
Hughes insisted this morning there has been no contact with any other club, and this column’s copper-bottomed information at midday yesterday was Aston Villa had not been in touch with Fulham over a switch.
But what about down the road?
Hughes was a Chelsea favourite under Hoddle, and his no-nonsense approach with the current Stamford Bridge egos would be a welcome contrast to the more philosophical Ancelotti approach.
Hod wondered out loud whether Hughes fancied their old club as a match to his ambitions – and you don’t suddenly quit a decent job unless you’ve got a better one to go to.