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Mark Hughes Is Hired as Fulham Soccer Manager to Replace Hodgson

Mark Hughes was hired as coach of English Premier League soccer club Fulham to replace Roy Hodgson, who left to join Liverpool after guiding the London team to last season’s Europa League final.

Hughes, 46, was appointed on a two-year contract and will be presented as manager Aug. 3, Fulham said last night on its website. His first match in charge will be the exhibition against Germany’s Werder Bremen four days later.

“I am joining on the back of two of the most successful seasons in the club’s history,” Hughes said in a statement on the website. “I am confident that with some additions to the squad, hard work and commitment, we can move this club forward in the right direction.”

Welshman Hughes, a former Manchester United, Barcelona and Chelsea striker, had been without a coaching job since getting fired by Manchester City on Dec. 19. He also managed the Wales national team and Blackburn Rovers.

His first Premier League game with Fulham will be away to Bolton on Aug. 14. The Cottagers then host Manchester United six days later.

Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed, who had first tried to hire Ajax coach Martin Jol to replace Hodgson, said in the statement that Hughes will be “a great guy” for the job.

“I know that he understands my vision for the club and believes in what we want to achieve,” Al Fayed said.

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