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Fulham duo Stephen Kelly and Dickson Etuhu cannot wait to begin working under new manager Mark Hughes.

The Cottagers’ search for Roy Hodgson’s replacement ended this week after they confirmed the arrival of the ex-Manchester City man.

Martin Jol had been favourite to succeed Hodgson at Craven Cottage, but he ultimately ended up staying with Dutch giants Ajax.

Hughes has now signed a two-year deal and is expected to begin work at the club next week.

Kelly is well aware of Hughes’ reputation and believes he can build upon the excellent foundations laid by Hodgson in recent seasons.

“Everyone’s delighted,” Kelly told Sky Sports News of Hughes’ appointment.

“He’s a big manager with a great reputation so everyone’s looking forward to working with him.

“Hopefully he’ll move the club in the right direction.

“We’re a passing team. He’s got a similar style in what he’s done at other clubs as well.

“He likes to play football which is very similar to here, so everyone is very excited about working with him.

“He’s proved himself at other clubs. Hopefully we can come here and continue that form that he’s shown with the other teams.”

Kelvin Etuhu played under Hughes in Eastlands and the Fulham ace has quizzed his brother on his new manager.

“We’re all excited about it,” Etuhu added. “We know he’s a good manager.

“I spoke to my brother about him at Manchester City and he had a lot of good things to say.

“I’m definitely looking forward to it. (Hughes) had a lot of positive things to say. “Finally having a manager is very important for us.”