Martin O’Neill is in talks with Fulham about succeeding Mark Hughes, according to Mail on Sunday report this morning.

The former Aston Villa boss, who has been out of management for ten months after leaving Villa Park, is the main challenger to bookmakers’ favourite Martin Jol to take the Craven Cottage job. O’Neill has had preliminary discussions with Fulham about the vacant position and is keen to return to management after reaching a settlement with Aston Villa.

The former Celtic manager is keen to stay in the south so he can continue to live in High Wycombe with his wife Geraldine, who he helped beat cancer back in 2005. O’Neill has regularly been seen at Craven Cottage and is understood to get on well with Fulham chief executive Alistair Mackintosh.