There’s a wide-ranging interview with Mark Hughes in today’s Daily Mail. ‘Sparky,’ now looking forward to a first full season in charge of Bradford City, became known as ‘Mr Ambition’ amongst the Fulham fanbase having walked out on the Whites in June 2011 search of the Chelsea or Aston Villa job after a single season at Craven Cottage. His side started slowly, before going on a fine run to finish eighth. He now admits that was an error:
“They signed a striker for £10million a week after I left,’ he smiles.”Daily Mail, 23 July 2022
Mark’s command of facts might be as faulty as his decision-making. Bryan Ruiz, who nobody would realistically describe as a striker, did arrive for closer to £11m than the figure he quotes – but not until transfer deadline day at the end of August. Still, it’s nice to hear a hint of contrition for a man who was so preoccupied with his status at Motspur Park that he demanded a bigger desk to work from.