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Hughes 'flattered' by Bayern link

By: Na 17 Mar 2011 16:30:06

Hughes 'flattered' by Bayern link

Mark Hughes has admitted it was "flattering" to be linked with the Bayern Munich job following reports he was their number one target to replace Louis van Gaal.

But Hughes insisted he had no intention of quitting Fulham this summer as he was loving life at Craven Cottage, despite reportedly being top of a three-man shortlist to succeed Van Gaal including Bayer Leverkusen's Jupp Heynckes and former Germany captain Matthias Sammer.

"It's very flattering but I'm quite happy doing what I'm doing at the moment," said the Cottagers boss, who played for Bayern on loan from Barcelona in the late 1980s.

"Sometimes, when a job becomes vacant then people look around to see whether there are any connections in terms of past playing careers or whatever.

"I think there's no more in it than that."

Hughes boasts an impressive managerial record, having boosted the fortunes of Wales, Blackburn and Manchester City, who controversially sacked him just over a year ago.

He has also overcome a difficult start at Fulham to stabilise them in mid-table in the Barclays Premier League, something which has not gone unnoticed. The 47-year-old, who is under contract until the end of next season, admitted managing overseas was on his long-term agenda.

"If opportunities in the future present themselves, I think it would be part of my football education and something that I'd want to do," he said.

"But I'm not looking to do it at the moment, I'm enjoying my work. I think it's a great club and we're going in the right direction.

"Certainly, if we can invest more in the players next year as well then I think we can kick on."


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