MH ‘wants to fight for titles’

Hughes left Craven Cottage on Thursday to stir speculation he could

be on his way to managerless Aston Villa or Chelsea. A statement

from Hughes, however, denied he had already been approached by

another club with Joorabchian revealing on Friday the 47-year-old’s

decision had been motivated by Fulham’s inability to match his

ambitions. Joorabchian and Hughes are instead now set to discuss

their options, with Chelsea amongst the clubs he would like to talk

to, although the former Manchester City boss could sit out of

management until he finds the right job. “He wants to go to club

where he can fight for titles, whether that is in England, Spain,

Italy or Portugal,” Joorabchian told Sky Sports News. “If that

means he has to be out of management for a year then that is the

case. “Mark left Fulham because he wanted to explore his

aspirations. “Mark made his aspiration clear when he first signed

his contract last year. “One of the things that he looked for was

to see if Fulham wanted to go to the next level. “If the ambitions

didn’t align then he didn’t think it would be fair to stay in the

job if he was looking over his shoulder all the time.” Joorabchian

admitted that Hughes would welcome any approach from his former

club Chelsea, but re-iterated that no talks had taken place. “I

stick by what we are saying – we were not talking to anybody. No

other club is in consideration,” he added. “The timing may have

influenced the press and public that he’s headed in a direction.

That’s not the case. “Chelsea have some candidates at the moment

and we’ll wait and see. If they approach Mark he’ll be happy to

speak to them. It would be an honour for him. “But we’ve not spoken

to any club. “Now that he has left Fulham we can explore options in

the next few weeks.” Joorabchian denied that Hughes had made a

verbal agreement with Fulham to remain and labelled his decision to

leave as “honourable” because it allowed the club the maximum time

available to prepare ahead of the new season. “He gave Fulham

everything he could during his one-year contract,” he said. “But he

wanted to be honest with them rather than letting them spend in

transfer window on players he had recommended and then leave,” he

said. “He wanted to be honest and say ‘I can’t commit’. “Mark had

had discussion over last week (about a contract), but most of the

discussions centred around what are the ambitions of club. “Is it

to go to the next level? Are they going to get players that will

achieve that next level, because they are in four competitions next

season. “They’ll need a big squad. They’ll need to improve to have

a go at it. “Mark never committed to anything. He’s not that kind

of person. Most people know that.”