Hughes hopes for Euro boost

Published May. 21, 2011 3:15 p.m. ET

The west London outfit are in contention for an unlikely place in the competition via the Fair Play system after England received an extra berth for finishing in the top three of the Respect Fair Play League. Fulham look the most likely beneficiaries as they are in second spot in the Premier League's fair play table behind Chelsea, who have already qualified for the Champions League, with one match remaining. The Cottagers - who host Arsenal on Sunday - reached the final of the Europa League last season under Roy Hodgson and current incumbent Hughes believes it can have a positive impact on the club's recruitment policy. "Obviously the attraction if you are in the market for players from other leagues in Europe and around the world is that you can offer them European football," he said. "That is important to players and I think that would be an added advantage. "If we didn't have it obviously that might be the difference between getting a good player or not. "We want to be involved and want to do well in it, but obviously the acquisition of players is paramount in pre-season and that might be the difference." He added: "We have got two scenarios and obviously we have planned accordingly for both eventualities. "Our only concern is that we have not been able commit to any pre-season tournaments or whatever because of the Europa League, which could hinder our pre-season preparation for the Premier League. "But we just have to bide our time and I would suggest that this time next week I think we would know officially. "Obviously we have to wait until the programme is finished, then they will add up the sums and tell us who has qualified. "The position of Tottenham is paramount in that. If they are fifth or sixth that has a bearing on whether or not we qualify." Hughes admitted on Friday that Carlos Salcido could end his short career at Craven Cottage after a robbery at his house resulted in his family leaving England. The former Manchester City manager said he is looking at potential replacements for the left-back but insisted that he has not spoken to the club's board about the amount available for reinforcements this summer. "I think it is about presenting a good case for each player I would like to bring in," he said. "If you present it in the right manner and if the figures stack up then I am sure the money will be made available. "It is not about saying I want X amount and then spending it all. "You have to spend your resources wisely and make sure you get the people into the club. "If you target the right ones - which we feel we are doing at the moment - and get them over the line then I will be delighted."