Fulham have confirmed the appointment of Mark Hughes as their new manager this morning.

The Welshman has signed a two-year contract to succeed Roy Hodgson at Craven Cottage and will begin work immediately at Motspur Park. Fulham moved quickly to secure the former Manchester City manager after their top target Martin Jol decided to stay at Ajax.

Hughes told the club’s official website: “I am happy to have joined Fulham following much speculation regarding the appointment of a new manager. I have discussed my aspirations with both the chairman and Alistair Mackintosh and believe that we are aligned in our aims for what can realistically be achieved here.

I am joining on the back of two of the most successful seasons in the club’s history, and that in itself brings with it the challenges of expectation and ambition. I am confident that with some additions to the squad, hard work and commitment, we can move this Club forward in the right direction.

I hope the Fulham fans will enjoy some special times during this season’s campaign and we will work hard to achieve that. I’m looking forward to working with the squad as soon as possible, and in making sure the on-pitch preparations are complete before the first competitive ball is kicked in August.”

Fulham chairman Mohamed Al-Fayed added:

“I would like to welcome Mark Hughes to Fulham. I know that he understands my vision for the club, and believes in what we want achieve. We have enjoyed two incredibly successful years, and my hopes and dreams for this club are for that journey to continue. I am confident that with his Premier League and national team successes, Mark will be a great guy for the job.”