Hughes resigns at Fulham

Mark Hughes has stepped down as Fulham manager after a season in

charge, and is widely expected to take over at Premier League rival

Aston Villa.

Hughes replaced Roy Hodgson last July and led Fulham to eighth

in the Premier League in his first season.

Aston Villa is looking for a new manager after Frenchman Gerard

Houllier was forced to leave on Wednesday after only ninth months

because of health problems.

Hughes said in a statement on Thursday that his decision to

leave Fulham was not influenced by another club.