Mark Hughes
Footballer; football manager
Mark Hughes
Leslie Mark Hughes, OBE, is a former Welsh international footballer and the current manager of Queens Park Rangers having joined on 10 January 2012. As an international footballer, he made 72 appearances and scored 16 goals. During his playing career he was most noted for two spells at Manchester United, but he also played for Barcelona and Bayern Munich, as well as the English clubs Chelsea, Southampton, Everton and finally Blackburn Rovers, before retiring in 2002.
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Stoke's Hughes irked by Pulis handshake snub
Yahoo News - 17 days
(Reuters) - Stoke City boss Mark Hughes believes West Bromwich Albion counterpart Tony Pulis showed him lack of respect by failing to offer a handshake following the Baggies' 1-0 win on Saturday. Relationship has soured between the managers after it was revealed that striker Saido Berahino, whom Stoke bought from West Brom in January, had served an eight-week suspension for "an FA disciplinary matter" allegedly for an "FA disciplinary matter".
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Mark Hughes urges USMNT to not call up Geoff Cameron
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Influential center back all but out of crunch World Cup qualifiers.
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Soccer-Hughes hails Grant after heroics against Man United
Yahoo News - 5 months
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is thoroughly impressed by Lee Grant's penchant for grabbing opportunities with both hands after the goalkeeper's stellar performance helped secure a 1-1 Premier League draw at Manchester United on Sunday. Making his second league appearance since joining from lower division side Derby County on loan deal during the transfer window, Grant made a string of saves to help Stoke secure a point against Jose Mourinho's side. The 33-year-old has proven to be an adequate replacement for Jack Butland, who is out with an ankle injury.
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Soccer-Stoke chairman backs Hughes to deliver despite poor start
Yahoo News - 5 months
Mark Hughes, the bookmakers' favourite to be the first managerial casualty of the new Premier League season, has received the backing of Stoke City chairman Peter Coates despite the club's miserable start to the campaign. The former Wales striker led Stoke to a second consecutive ninth-place finish last season but they have have struggled to find any momentum in the new campaign and are bottom of the league with four defeats and a draw from five matches. "We are obviously disappointed with the start we've made but Mark and the management team have our full support," Coates told Telegraph Sport.
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Soccer-Stoke keeper Butland to undergo ankle surgery
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Stoke City's England goalkeeper Jack Butland is set to undergo ankle surgery after suffering a setback in his recovery from a fracture that has sidelined him since March. Butland said on Friday he would go under the knife next week with British media reporting he was now unlikely to return until November, in a blow to club coach Mark Hughes as well as England boss Sam Allardyce. Butland fractured the ankle during England's 3-2 friendly victory against Germany in Berlin and will now have to wait to press his claims for an international return.
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Open carry activist labeled a suspect in Dallas shooting says police 'defamed' him
Fox News - 8 months
In a green camouflage shirt and an AR-15 strapped across his chest, Mark Hughes attended a Dallas demonstration against excessive use of force by police as an activist of open-carry, a recently-expanded Texas law that allows licensed gun owners to openly carry rifles, shotguns and pistols.
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Man says he was wrongly identified as a suspect in Dallas police shootings
LATimes - 8 months
When Mark Hughes became aware that his photo was being blasted across cyberspace in a police tweet as a person of interest in the Dallas shootings, the first thing he did was flag down a cop.  “This is one of our suspects,” the tweet from the Dallas Police Department read. “Please help us find...
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Man says he was wrongly identified as a suspect in Dallas police shootings
LATimes - 8 months
When Mark Hughes became aware that his photo was being blasted across cyberspace in a police tweet as a person of interest in the Dallas shootings, the first thing he did was flag down a cop.  “This is one of our suspects,” the tweet from the Dallas Police Department read. “Please help us find...
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Soccer-Stoke's Shawcross ruled out of League Cup semi-final
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes will be without captain Ryan Shawcross for the League Cup semi-final second leg against Liverpool on Tuesday. Stoke must overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit to reach the final at Wembley on Feb. 28 and keep alive their hopes of winning their first major trophy since the 1972 League Cup. "We are going to really push for it tomorrow," Hughes told a news conference on Monday.
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Soccer-Stoke's Hughes rues lack of top jobs for British managers
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has no doubt that British managers are not winning major competitions only because the top jobs in England do not come their way. Hughes won 15 trophies as a player but success has proved much more elusive since he took over managerial roles. "As a manager, it's more difficult," the former Manchester United player told reporters.
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Soccer-In-form Arnautovic enjoying the attention, says Stoke's Hughes
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Stoke City's Marko Arnautovic loves the spotlight and the Austrian forward should feed off the attention to continue his goalscoring spree, manager Mark Hughes said ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash against West Bromwich Albion. Arnautovic seems to have made a habit of scoring key goals for the Potters, four of his seven league goals have been match winners, including a last-minute goal in Monday's 4-3 win over Everton and a stunning strike to down champions Chelsea on Nov. 7. "Marko has been a big player for us and has always made an impact.
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No excuses for Van Gaal says Hughes
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Stoke City boss Mark Hughes says Louis van Gaal can't rely on his reputation to save him from the sack if Manchester United fail to get back on track quickly. United boss van Gaal is teetering on the brink of losing his job after a dismal run of six matches without a win cost the Old Trafford club their place in the Champions League and their top-four spot in the Premier League. As Chelsea showed by sacking Jose Mourinho last week, just seven months after the Blues won the English title, managers can't hope past achievements will save them from the axe.
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Soccer-Stoke must stop Palace counter-attacks, says Hughes
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Stoke City must stop Crystal Palace from imposing their counter-attacking style of play in Saturday's Premier League game, manager Mark Hughes has said. The Potters, who are 11th in the table, head into the match knowing a win over sixth-placed Palace could lift them to seventh. With the team and the weapons they have, it lends itself better to playing away." The Potters are the lowest scoring team, along with bottom side Aston Villa, in the league, having netted 13 times in 16 games, but the 52-year-old remains optimistic his side can regain their killer instinct in front of goal.
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Stoke City show their remake as great entertainers is thrillingly under way
Guardian (UK) - about 1 year
Mark Hughes’ team had been rather dull before the dismantling of Manchester City pointed to an exciting future with Bojan, Shaqiri, Arnautovic and Affelay There will be those who saw Stoke’s rampant win over Manchester City on Saturday as vindication and validation for the great renovation project underway at the Britannia – the project which brought itself to the nation’s attention with the arrival of the rosy-cheeked La Masia graduate Bojan Krkic last summer and peaked with the prestigious signature of Xherdan Shaqiri a year later. Related: Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend's action Continue reading...
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Soccer-Hughes backs Stoke to go the distance in League Cup
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Manager Mark Hughes said Stoke City could beat any opponent in the League Cup after his side reached the tournament's semi-finals for the first time since 1972, when they went on to win the trophy. Stoke, who beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 on Tuesday night to progress, could face Manchester City, Everton, Liverpool or Southampton, who all sit above them in the Premier League table, but Hughes was adamant his team could beat anyone over two legs.
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Soccer-Stoke's Shawcross to face Newcastle, Muniesa ruled out
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes' delight at skipper Ryan Shawcross' return from injury in their League Cup win over Chelsea has been dampened by news of a hamstring injury to Marc Muniesa that has sidelined the defender for at least a month. Shawcross played the entire 120 minutes before Stoke knocked holders Chelsea out in a penalty shootout, his first game since he had surgery to fix a back problem in August. Stoke have kept just two clean sheets in 10 Premier League games this season without him and Shawcross is in contention to play against struggling Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday.
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Marc Muniesa Fit To Return For Stoke City
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Stoke City defender, Marc Muniesa is available for selection after recovering from a torn hamstring. The Spaniard, 23, has not featured for the Potters since their defeat at Blackburn Rovers in the fifth round of the FA Cup. Muniesa has been passed fit for first-team action after playing for 60 minutes for Stoke’s under-21 team this week. Mark Hughes’ side are at home to Tottenham Hotspur this weekend and Muniesa hopes to stage his Premier League comeback. “I said to the coaches after the game against Swansea that I did not play in that I wanted to play and wanted to be involved again,” Muniesa, who joined Stoke in the summer of 2013 and has made a total of 38 appearances in all competitions, told BBC Radio Stoke. A Torn Ligament Ruled Muniesa Out of Football for 2-and-a-half Months. Image: Getty. The former Barcelona defender has made 19 appearances in all competitions this season. Stoke are tenth in the league table, three points ahead of 11th-placed Everton as they l ...
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  • 2016
    Age 52
    Hughes spent £18 million in July 2016 to bring in Welsh midfielder Joe Allen and Egyptian winger Ramadan Sobhi, while defender Bruno Martins Indi and striker Wilfried Bony both joined on season-long loans on 31 August 2016 from Porto and Manchester City respectively.
    More Details Hide Details Departing the club were Joselu, Philipp Wollscheid and long-serving defender Marc Wilson, who left for AFC Bournemouth after criticizing Hughes' defensive training on social media. Stoke began the 2016–17 season terribly, drawing 1–1 away at Middlesbrough, then losing 4–1 to Manchester City, 1–0 to Everton and 4–0 to Tottenham, with chairman Peter Coates heavily criticizing the team's performances. Throughout his career, Hughes has been known by the nickname "Sparky" which he took from the comic of the same name. Hughes grew up supporting his hometown club, Wrexham. He was awarded an OBE in 2004. Hughes has two sons, Alex and Curtis, and a daughter, Xenna. Hughes wrote his autobiography in 1990 entitled Sparky – Barcelona, Bayern and Back. Sources: Sources: Scores and results list Wales' goal tally first. Manchester United Chelsea Blackburn Rovers
  • 2015
    Age 51
    Hughes made a number of alterations to his squad in preparation for the 2015–16 campaign.
    More Details Hide Details Leaving the club were the long-serving trio of Asmir Begović, Robert Huth and Steven N'Zonzi, with Stoke receiving their record transfer fee in the process. With the money available, Hughes broke Stoke's transfer record by paying Inter Milan £12 million for Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri. Hughes also brought in Spanish striker Joselu for £5.75 million, Dutch midfielder Ibrahim Afellay, Shay Given, Jakob Haugaard, Glen Johnson and Marco van Ginkel. The club had a poor start to the season, failing to win any of their first six fixtures, losing three of them. Stoke recovered well, however, winning their next three matches against AFC Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Swansea. Stoke's improvement continued through November and December with victories against Premier League champions Chelsea, Southampton, Manchester City and Manchester United with the style of football being played by Hughes' team being praised by the national press. Stoke ended 2015 with a dramatic 4–3 win away at Everton, while they also reached the semi-final of the League Cup after defeating Luton Town, Fulham, Chelsea and Sheffield Wednesday en route.
    Hughes signed a new contract with Stoke in March 2015 to keep him contracted until the summer of 2019.
    More Details Hide Details City then went a run of three wins against Aston Villa, Hull and Everton and then three defeats against West Brom, Crystal Palace and Chelsea. Stoke ended the season strongly with victories over Southampton (2–1), Tottenham (3–0) and Liverpool (6–1), ensuring a second consecutive ninth-place finish.
    In January 2015, Hughes began talks with the Stoke board of directors about extending his contract with the club.
    More Details Hide Details Hughes' only new arrival in January was that of German centre back Philipp Wollscheid from Bayer Leverkusen. Stoke suffered a number in injuries to key players in January and February, most notably to Shawcross and Bojan. In February, Stoke suffered back to back 4–1 defeats against Manchester City and then in the FA Cup against Blackburn.
  • 2014
    Age 50
    For the 2014–15 season, Hughes signed Sunderland full-back Phil Bardsley, Fulham midfielder Steve Sidwell and Senegalese striker Mame Biram Diouf on free transfers.
    More Details Hide Details Also arriving for small fees were Slovakian defender Dionatan Teixeira and Barcelona forward Bojan, while wingers Victor Moses and Oussama Assaidi joined on season-long loans. Departing were Matthew Etherington, Michael Kightly, Cameron Jerome and Ryan Shotton. Stoke had a mixed start to the 2014–15 season, losing 1–0 to Aston Villa on the opening day, drawing 1–1 with ten-men Hull City, yet defeating reigning Premier League champions Manchester City 1–0. Stoke's inconsistency continued through the autumn as Stoke managed just three wins beating Newcastle, Swansea and Tottenham. The club then suffered frustrating home defeats against newly promoted Burnley and Leicester City. Stoke found form in December beating Arsenal 3–2, Everton 1–0 and West Brom 2–0.
  • 2013
    Age 49
    On 2 September 2013, transfer deadline day, Hughes brought in Austrian forward Marko Arnautović from Werder Bremen and Stephen Ireland on loan from Aston Villa.
    More Details Hide Details Meanwhile, Michael Kightly, Cameron Jerome and Ryan Shotton all departed the club on long-term loans. Stoke soon lost their early form, however, and went through September and October without a Premier League win, picking up just two points and scoring only three goals. Stoke improved in November and December, going a run of one defeat in seven matches, including a 3–2 win over Chelsea on 7 December 2013. December ended badly for Stoke and Hughes, however, as they were on the receiving end of a 5–1 defeat at Newcastle in which Stoke were reduced to nine men and Hughes himself was sent off. Stoke went through January 2014 in poor form and managed to pick up just a point and a 1–0 defeat at Sunderland on 29 January, leaving the club just above the relegation zone. The one piece of transfer activity Hughes did was to swap Kenwyne Jones for Peter Odemwingie in a player-exchange deal with Cardiff City. The arrival of Odemwingie enabled Hughes to alter his tactics and formation and it immediately paid off with a 2–1 victory over Manchester United. Stoke's form continued to improve and they went through March unbeaten with wins over Arsenal, West Ham, Aston Villa and Hull City. Stoke proceeded to end the season strongly with wins over Newcastle, Fulham and a 2–1 win against West Brom on the final day of the season, which saw Stoke finish in ninth position, their best finish since 1974–75.
    Hughes' first match in charge of Stoke on 17 August 2013 ended in a 1–0 defeat at Liverpool.
    More Details Hide Details Hughes' first win as Stoke manager came in his next match as Stoke beat Crystal Palace 2–1 at the Britannia Stadium. This was followed up by a 1–0 win away at West Ham.
    He made his first signing on 28 June 2013 in Dutch international left-back Erik Pieters from PSV for a fee of €3.6 million (£3 million).
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    Hughes was appointed manager of Stoke City on 30 May 2013, signing a three-year contract after taking over from fellow Welshman Tony Pulis.
    More Details Hide Details Speaking after being announced as Stoke's new manager, Hughes admitted that he had a point to prove following his disappointing spell at QPR. Hughes' first task was to release Rory Delap, Mamady Sidibe, Matthew Upson, Dean Whitehead, Carlo Nash and Matty Lund, at the same time giving Jermaine Pennant a new contract.
  • 2012
    Age 48
    Despite some high-profile signings in the summer of 2012, Rangers began the 2012–13 season in very poor form, and Hughes was sacked on 23 November 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Hughes was then appointed manager of Stoke City on 30 May 2013.
    He was sacked as manager on 23 November 2012 after the team suffered a 3–1 home defeat to Southampton six days earlier and replaced by Harry Redknapp.
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    In the summer of 2012, QPR brought a large number of high-profile signings with the intent of establishing themselves as a Premier League club.
    More Details Hide Details In came Kieron Dyer, Ryan Nelsen, Andrew Johnson, Robert Green, Samba Diakité, Fábio, Park Ji-sung and Junior Hoilett all before the start of the season. Rangers' new-look squad, however, got off to an awful start as they crashed to a 5–0 home defeat against Swansea on the opening day of the 2012–13 Premier League season. Hughes branded his players performance as "embarrassing". Hughes then signed José Bosingwa, Júlio César and Esteban Granero but saw no improvement in results, going 12 matches without victory.
    In January 2012, Hughes brought in two defenders in Nedum Onuoha and Taye Taiwo and two strikers in Djibril Cissé and Bobby Zamora.
    More Details Hide Details Cissé made an immediate impact scoring on his debut against Aston Villa. Defeats against Wolves, Blackburn and Fulham, however, prevented QPR from pulling themselves away from relegation trouble. Victories over Liverpool, Arsenal, Stoke City, Swansea City and Tottenham meant that they went into the final match of the season two points ahead of Bolton. They faced Hughes' former club Manchester City at the City of Manchester Stadium, who needed a win to secure the Premier League title. Despite scoring twice through Cissé and Jamie Mackie, two late goals from Edin Džeko and Sergio Agüero earned City a dramatic victory and championship title. Bolton's failure to beat Stoke, however, meant that QPR survived in the Premier League.
    His first Premier League victory was on 21 January 2012, QPR beating Wigan Athletic 3–1 at home.
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    Hughes's first win as QPR manager came on 17 January 2012, a 1–0 victory over Milton Keynes Dons in a FA Cup third round replay at Loftus Road.
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    Hughes' first game in charge of QPR came on 15 January 2012, a 1–0 defeat away to Newcastle.
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    On 10 January 2012, Hughes agreed terms with Queens Park Rangers and signed a two-and-a-half-year contract as their new manager, replacing the recently sacked Neil Warnock.
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  • 2011
    Age 47
    Hughes resigned as manager of Fulham on 2 June 2011, having spent less than 11 months at the club.
    More Details Hide Details Following his departure, he said, "As a young, ambitious manager I wish to move on to further my experiences." Fulham owner Mohamed Al-Fayed hit back at Hughes for questioning the club's ambition, calling him a "strange man" and a "flop" and says he rescued him from becoming a forgotten man after being sacked by Manchester City. In September 2013, Hughes admitted he made a mistake in leaving Fulham when he did.
  • 2010
    Age 46
    At the end of the 2010–11 season, Hughes led Fulham to an eighth-placed finish in the league and UEFA Europa League qualification through the Fair Play league.
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    Hughes agreed a two-year contract with the London side and was officially unveiled to the media on 3 August 2010, before his first game as manager on 7 August against Werder Bremen.
    More Details Hide Details Hughes was joined at Fulham by his backroom team of Eddie Niedzwiecki, Mark Bowen and Kevin Hitchcock. His first league game in charge of the Cottagers came exactly a week later, when they drew 0–0 at Bolton Wanderers on the opening day of the Premier League season, followed by a resolute display against Manchester United in a 2–2 draw at Craven Cottage. Draws followed in four of Fulham's next five Premier League games against Blackpool, Blackburn Rovers, Everton and West Ham, with a solitary 2–1 home win over Wolves. This meant that at that stage – including the seven-draw streak at Manchester City before his dismissal the season before – all but two (86%) of Hughes' last fifteen Premiership games had been drawn. The bizarre run, exclusively made up of draws or 2–1 results, continued with 2–1 defeats to Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion in the second half of October 2010.
    On 29 July 2010, Hughes became the new manager of Fulham, following the departure of Roy Hodgson to Liverpool.
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  • 2009
    Age 45
    That last victory was one of only 2 wins in 11 successive Premier League matches, and Hughes left City before their League Cup two-legged semi-final against Manchester United; he was sacked on 19 December 2009 and replaced by Roberto Mancini.
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    Hughes started the 2009–10 Premier League campaign with a 2–0 away win at former club Blackburn, followed by a 1–0 win over another former club, Barcelona, in the Joan Gamper Trophy at a capacity Camp Nou.
    More Details Hide Details City then won 1–0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Eastlands, followed by Crystal Palace in the League Cup 2–0 and Portsmouth 1–0 to maintain a 100% clean sheet start to the season. City continued in good form, beating Arsenal 4–2 and West Ham 3–1 either side of a 4–3 derby day defeat to Manchester United. City would then, however, go on a run of seven-straight draws. Manchester City beat Scunthorpe United 5–1 and Arsenal 3–0 in the League Cup to reach their first semi-final since 1981. Hughes then led City to their first victory over his former club Chelsea for five years with a 2–1 victory.
    In the summer of 2009, Hughes added Gareth Barry from Aston Villa, Roque Santa Cruz from Blackburn, and Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Touré from Arsenal to his squad, while Carlos Tevez also joined after his two-year deal with Manchester United expired.
    More Details Hide Details In addition, Hughes signed defenders Joleon Lescott from Everton for a reported £22 million, and Sylvinho – a former Arsenal and double Champions League winner with Barcelona – on a free transfer.
    Hughes was very active in the January 2009 transfer window, signing Wayne Bridge from Chelsea, Craig Bellamy from West Ham and Shay Given from Newcastle, as well as Nigel de Jong from Hamburger SV.
    More Details Hide Details City finished tenth in Hughes' first season with the club, as well as reaching the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup. City's home form was among the best in the League, but their away form was among the worst.
  • 2008
    Age 44
    The following day, Blackburn agreed to a then-world record compensation package for Hughes to take over as manager of Manchester City, and he was appointed as head coach on 4 June 2008 on a three-year contract.
    More Details Hide Details Following the appointment, Manchester City's executive chairman Garry Cook stated, "The Club intends to invest in new players as well as securing the long term services of key members of the current first team squad. Mark has already identified some of the players and backroom staff that he wants to see here at City, and we will begin the process of recruiting them immediately." The players who did arrive were Jô, Tal Ben Haim, Vincent Kompany, Shaun Wright-Phillips (returning from Chelsea) and Pablo Zabaleta. Hughes' first game in charge resulted in a 4–2 loss to Aston Villa at Villa Park but was followed up with 3–0 wins against West Ham and Sunderland. On 1 September 2008, Manchester City were taken over by the Abu Dhabi United investment group, who made large amounts of transfer funds available to Hughes, allowing City to break the British transfer record and sign Robinho from Real Madrid for £32.5 million.
  • 2007
    Age 43
    He won the Premier League Manager of the Month award for October 2007, and eventually led Blackburn to a league finish of seventh in 2007–08, Hughes's final season in charge at Ewood Park.
    More Details Hide Details During his spell in charge of Blackburn, Hughes' side was accused of being "over-physical" and "dirty" on multiple occasions and the club finished bottom of the Premier League disciplinary table in all four of Hughes' seasons in charge. On 2 June 2008, Manchester City sacked manager Sven-Göran Eriksson. Hughes was reported to be the first choice of City owner Thaksin Shinawatra to replace Eriksson. Interest was also reported from Chelsea, however, who had recently sacked their manager, Avram Grant. Blackburn confirmed on 2 June that they had agreed to allow Hughes to talk to City.
  • 2006
    Age 42
    On 4 May 2006, Hughes and assistant Mark Bowen signed new three-year contracts to remain at Blackburn until the summer of 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Hughes then set about creating a formidable side at Ewood Park. He entered the transfer market, bringing in players such as Benni McCarthy (£2 million), David Bentley (£500,000), Ryan Nelsen (free), Stephen Warnock (£1.5 million), Roque Santa Cruz (£3.5 million), and Christopher Samba (£400,000). Rovers finished tenth in the Premier League in 2006–07, and reached the UEFA Cup round of 32, where they were knocked out by Bayer Leverkusen 3–2 on aggregate. Rovers faced Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final, their third consecutive semi-final since Hughes took charge. The match ended in defeat, 2–1.
  • 2004
    Age 40
    Hughes quit the Welsh national side in September 2004 to take charge of Blackburn in the FA Premier League, the last club he had played for.
    More Details Hide Details His key aim was to keep Blackburn clear of relegation, which he succeeded in doing, while also taking the club to an FA Cup semi-final for the first time in over 40 years. In his second season, Blackburn surprised even the most optimistic supporters by finishing inside the top six of the Premier League and qualifying for the UEFA Cup, beating teams such as Chelsea, Manchester United (twice) and Arsenal en route. After just missing out on the League Cup final, his team sealed their spot in Europe by defeating champions Chelsea 1–0 at home.
    When he had taken over Wales were going through a bad patch, but in the five years with Hughes in charge, Wales came close to qualifying for UEFA Euro 2004.
    More Details Hide Details In their Euro 2004 qualifying group, Wales ended up second, beating Italy 2–1 in Cardiff in the process, but was denied a place in the final tournament after losing to Russia in the playoffs.
    He failed to qualify for a World Cup or European Championship during his five years in charge, although his reign coincided with a marked improvement in results; he came particularly close to securing European Championship qualification in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Hughes then spent four years in charge of Blackburn, guiding them to sixth place in 2005–06. He took charge of Manchester City in June 2008 for a year and a half before spending the 2010–11 season at Fulham. He joined Queens Park Rangers in January 2012, helping them retain their Premier League status in 2011–12.
  • 2002
    Age 38
    Hughes' final career goal came in a 2–1 Premier League defeat to Leicester City on 9 April 2002.
    More Details Hide Details At the time, he was the second oldest player to score in the Premier League, behind Stuart Pearce. Almost a decade on he is still ranked as third in this category following goals by Teddy Sheringham, who scored his final Premier League goal in December 2006 at the age of 40.
    He also lifted the League Cup with Blackburn in February 2002, before finally hanging up his boots in July 2002 a few months short of his 39th birthday.
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  • 2001
    Age 37
    He played a key role in getting Blackburn promoted from Division One in 2001.
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  • 2000
    Age 36
    Hughes left Goodison Park on a free transfer for Blackburn Rovers in October 2000, moving outside the top division for the first time in his playing career in 2000–01.
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    When Glenn Hoddle arrived as Southampton's manager in January 2000, Hughes did not fit into his plans and he left for Everton in March 2000.
    More Details Hide Details He played 16 times over the course of seven months seasons for Everton, scoring his only goal against Watford.
  • 1999
    Age 35
    His two goals for Southampton came against Blackburn Rovers, who he was later to join, and a "memorable volley" at home to Newcastle on 15 August 1999.
    More Details Hide Details Hughes suffered with disciplinary problems throughout his career, and in his first season at The Dell he received 14 yellow cards, a total which has never been exceeded in the Premier League.
  • 1998
    Age 34
    In July 1998, Hughes was signed by Southampton for a fee of £650,000 by manager Dave Jones, as an alternative to injury-plagued David Hirst, who retired within 18 months of Hughes' arrival.
    More Details Hide Details Unfortunately, the goals failed to flow and Hughes was pushed back into midfield where his experience helped Southampton maintain their Premier League status.
    He ended his Chelsea career with 39 goals from 123 games and was transferred to Southampton for £650,000 in July 1998.
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  • 1997
    Age 33
    He put in match-winning performances against Liverpool and Wimbledon in the FA Cup in 1997, and Vicenza in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup a year later, playing a big part in Chelsea's glory in both of these competitions.
    More Details Hide Details In winning the FA Cup, he became the only player in the 20th century to win the trophy four times.
  • 1995
    Age 31
    Ironically, Hughes scored for Chelsea in both of their Premier League fixtures against Manchester United in 1995–96; a 4–1 win for United at Stamford Bridge in October and a 1–1 draw at Old Trafford in early December.
    More Details Hide Details He was on the losing side as United beat Chelsea 2–1 in the FA Cup semi-final that season, less than two years after he had scored one of United's goals in their FA Cup final triumph over Chelsea. Hughes was one of the key players in Chelsea's resurgence as a top club in the late 1990s, forming an potent strike partnership with Gianfranco Zola and helping to freeze out Gianluca Vialli (who became the club's player-manager in February 1998).
    Hughes left Old Trafford for the second and final time in June 1995 when he was sold to Chelsea for £1 million, in a summer that also saw the departures of players such as Paul Ince (to Inter Milan) and Andrei Kanchelskis (to Everton).
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  • 1994
    Age 30
    Hughes scored eight league goals in 1994–95 (two of them in the 9–0 demolition of Ipswich Town at Old Trafford on 4 March 1995) and managed a total of 12 in all competitions (two in the FA Cup and another two in the European Cup).
    More Details Hide Details By the time of his departure from Manchester United, he was the last player at the club to have been there before the appointment of Sir Alex Ferguson as manager in November 1986.
    Perhaps the most memorable of those goals came in April 1994, when he scored a spectacular equaliser in the final minute of extra time in the FA Cup semi-final against Oldham Athletic at Wembley, a goal which has been described by many as one of the finest ever scored by any Manchester United player.
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    He also scored Manchester United's consolation goal in their 3–1 defeat in the 1994 League Cup Final at the hands of Aston Villa at Wembley in that season.
    More Details Hide Details In so doing, he became only the second player (after Norman Whiteside in 1983) to score in the finals of both the domestic cups in the same season. This has since been achieved a third time by Didier Drogba in 2007. His partnership with Cantona in attack also went from strength to strength, as he found the net 22 times in all competitions as Cantona scored a further 25. In December 1994, with United second to Blackburn in the race for the league title, media reports were linking United with the signature of several highly rated strikers including Andy Cole and Stan Collymore, and there had already been some impressive performances in the first team from 20-year-old striker Paul Scholes. Hughes was now widely tipped to be the player most likely to lose his place to any new signing in the forward positions, and when United completed the £7 million signing of Cole on 10 January 1995, it was almost immediately reported that new Everton manager Joe Royle was tabling a £2.5 million bid for Hughes.
    Hughes collected yet more silverware in 1994 as United won the league title as well as the FA Cup, with Hughes scoring in the final.
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  • 1993
    Age 29
    In May 1993, Hughes finally collected an English league title medal as United won the first-ever Premier League title; Hughes was United's top scorer with 15 goals in the league and a further goal in the League Cup.
    More Details Hide Details From December, he mostly played alongside new signing Eric Cantona in attack, with Brian McClair being switched to the centre of midfield.
  • 1991
    Age 27
    In 1991–92, Hughes suffered the disappointment of missing out on a league title medal as United were pipped to the title by Leeds United, but had some compensation in the form of a League Cup winner's medal. He found the net 11 times in the league and 14 times in all competitions. For much of the 1991–92 season, United had been linked with a move for the Southampton striker Alan Shearer, but the player chose to stay at the South Coast club until the season's end before making a decision about his future, before deciding to sign for Blackburn Rovers.
    More Details Hide Details Sir Alex Ferguson remained intent on signing a new striker for United that summer, although it was far from clear whether it was Hughes or his strike-partner Brian McClair who would lose his place in the first team or be switched to another position in order to accommodate a new signing. Ferguson's hunt for a new striker ended with the acquisition of Dion Dublin, although Dublin was injured after playing just a few games for the club, and it was not long before United were in the hunt for another new striker, as a lack of goals were seeing them slip behind in the title race. Eric Cantona was eventually signed at the end of November, which prompted interest from Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan, who had first asked Ferguson about Hughes' availability that summer. Ferguson, however, insisted that Hughes was not for sale, and he remained a regular choice in the first team, playing alongside Cantona while McClair was mostly selected in central midfield from then on.
  • 1990
    Age 26
    The 1990–91 seasonalso saw Hughes score the last of his three hat-tricks for United, in a League Cup quarter-final replay against Southampton at Old Trafford, which United won 3–2.
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  • 1988
    Age 24
    He was voted PFA Player of the Year in 1988–89, his first season back in England, though United disappointed in the league and finished 11th after an erratic season which had seen them go ten league games without a win in the autumn but then go on a strong run after the turn of the new year to lift them to third place, only for a late season collapse to drag them down to mid-table.
    More Details Hide Details He was the very first Manchester United player to be credited with that award despite the accolade being in its 16th season. He was also United's joint top scorer that season, along with Brian McClair, on 16 goals. A year later, Hughes scored twice as United drew 3–3 with Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final, before a Lee Martin goal in the replay gave United their first major trophy in five years. He was United's top goalscorer that season, scoring 15 goals in all competitions; 13 of his goals had come in the league, where United finished a disappointing 13th. He scored his second United hat-trick in a September clash against Millwall in the league at Old Trafford, which United won 5–1. The following season, Hughes scored both goals against former club Barcelona as United lifted the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, winning the final 2-1 in Rotterdam. Once again, he was their top scorer, this time with 21 goals in all competitions, although his tally in the league was bettered by Brian McClair and Steve Bruce. They also reached the Football League Cup final that year, but United suffered a shock 1–0 defeat to a Sheffield Wednesday side managed by Ron Atkinson, who had been Hughes's manager in his first spell at Old Trafford. Hughes was also voted PFA Player of the Year again this season.
    In May 1988, Hughes returned to Manchester United, now managed by Sir Alex Ferguson, for a then club record of £1.8 million.
    More Details Hide Details As he had done in his first spell at Old Trafford, Hughes proved to be a dynamic goalscorer and was a key player for the club over the next seven years. Alex Ferguson had been keen on re-signing Hughes for United soon after becoming manager in November 1986, but Hughes would have had been liable for taxation on money earned playing overseas if he had returned to England before April 1988.
  • 1987
    Age 23
    On 11 November 1987, he played two competitive matches in one day, first for Wales against Czechoslovakia in Prague in a Euro 1988 qualifier, and second, after being driven across the border into Germany, appearing as a substitute for Bayern in their second round cup replay victory over Borussia Mönchengladbach.
    More Details Hide Details Hughes was one of many British players who departed to the continent during the mid-1980s to early 1990s, as higher wages, coupled with the opportunity of playing in European competitions after English clubs were barred as a result of the Heysel disaster in 1985, tempted them abroad.
    He was subsequently loaned out to German club Bayern Munich for the 1987–88 season, where he regained his form.
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  • 1986
    Age 22
    United announced on 21 March 1986 that Hughes would be heading for Spain at the end of the season, but the transfer had been agreed many weeks earlier.
    More Details Hide Details Manager Terry Venables signed Hughes at the same time that he signed Gary Lineker from Everton to form a new strike partnership at the Nou Camp, but Hughes was a disappointment in his only season at Barcelona, whereas Lineker did well in three seasons there.
    In the summer of 1986, Hughes was surprisingly sold to Barcelona for £2 million.
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  • 1985
    Age 21
    He managed a further 20 goals in the 1985–86 season, where they led until February having won their first ten league games of the season, before a dismal second half of the season saw them slip into fourth place in the final table.
    More Details Hide Details That season saw him score 17 goals in the Football League First Division – it would remain the highest goals tally in a season throughout his career.
  • 1984
    Age 20
    Hughes scored just 17 minutes into his Wales debut, netting the winning goal against England on 2 May 1984.
    More Details Hide Details He went on to play 72 times for his country, scoring 16 times. Hughes was appointed as head coach of the Wales national team in 1999. Initially appointed on a temporary basis alongside Neville Southall to replace Bobby Gould, Hughes had soon done enough to earn himself a long-term contract, with Southall eventually leaving the set-up.
  • 1983
    Age 19
    However he did not make his first team debut for three years — in a 1–1 draw away to Oxford United in the League Cup, in the 1983–84 season.
    More Details Hide Details When Hughes made his United debut, the club's forward partnership consisted of 27-year-old Irishman Frank Stapleton and 18-year-old Norman Whiteside from Northern Ireland, and breaking up that partnership would not be an easy challenge for Hughes. But Hughes quickly broke into the first team, partnering Frank Stapleton in attack while Norman Whiteside was switched to midfield to partner Ray Wilkins and stand in for the injury prone Remi Moses. The departure of Wilkins to AC Milan at the end of the season saw manager Ron Atkinson decide to stick to using Whiteside in the centre of midfield, enabling Hughes to keep his place in the first team ahead of new signing Alan Brazil, and he was rewarded handsomely as he scored 25 goals in 55 games in all competitions as United achieved an FA Cup final victory over Everton. They also finished fourth in the league.
  • 1980
    Age 16
    Born in Ruabon, Wrexham, Hughes joined Manchester United after leaving school in the summer of 1980, having been spotted by the team's North Wales talent scout Hugh Roberts.
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  • 1963
    Born on November 1, 1963.
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