Senderos: Cottagers can’t delay

Hughes quit as Fulham boss on Thursday after guiding the Cottagers

to eighth in his first season in charge. The London club also

qualified for next season’s Europa League under his stewardship,

albeit via the Fair Play League. The Welshman has been hotly tipped

to take over the vacant manager’s position at Aston Villa, although

he insisted after his resignation that he had not already held

talks with the midlands club. Martin Jol is the bookmakers’

favourite for the manager’s position at Fulham, while Steve

McClaren and Martin O’Neill have also been mentioned as possible

candidates. Whoever gets the job, they will have to start work

quickly, with Fulham’s Europa League qualifier less than four weeks

away. The players are due to report back for pre-season training on

June 23 and Senderos wants a new man in charge quickly. “I didn’t

see it coming, no-one did,” Senderos said. “It’s sad for everyone

because we have had a good campaign and we were hoping to build on

that next season but we will see what happens. “It’s something that

happens in football. The sooner Fulham are able to get a manager,

the better.” Senderos only played three games under Hughes after he

ruptured his Achilles tendon in August but is now back to full

fitness and is likely to play in Switzerland’s Euro 2012 qualifier

against England at Wembley on Saturday.