Where is Mark Hughes now?
Legendary former Manchester United striker Mark Hughes finally retired from playing in 2002 at the age of 39 after a couple of years at Blackburn Rovers with whom he helped win promotion back to the Premier League.
In 1999 and whilst still playing at the top-level, Hughes was appointed as the Wales national team manager.
Taking over a Welsh side that had struggled in recent years, Hughes managed to turn the team’s fortunes on the pitch around and came close to qualifying for Euro 2004, only losing in the play-offs to Russia.
He left the national team in 2004 to take charge of his last playing club, Blackburn Rovers who were struggling in the Premier League.
Keeping them from relegation, Hughes formed a formidable team over the next four years which reached a semi-final for the first time in 40 years and finished sixth, tenth and seventh during his reign.
In 2008 Hughes left Blackburn to take the reins at Manchester City who a couple of months later were bought by the Abu Dhabu Investment Group resulting in the new manager having access to a huge transfer bounty.
After two years at Manchester City, Hughes was sacked after a run of just two victories in 11 games but he was back in football just six months later when he was appointed manager of Fulham after Roy Hodgson had left to join Liverpool.
Hughes resigned from Fulham in June 2011 after expressing his desire to further his ambitions with another club.
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In January 2012, Hughes accepted the managerial post at Queens Park Rangers, replacing Neil Warnock and managed to keep them in the Premier League by staving off relegation on the last day of the season.
Unfortunately Hughes was sacked 10 months later after a terrible start to the season where the team failed to register a win despite huge investment in players.
In May 2013, he was back in football when he replaced Tony Pulis as Stoke City manager.
In his first season with the club he finished in 9th position which was Stoke City’s highest league position since the 1974-75 season.
Two more ninth placed finishes preceded a 13th place finish in 2016/17 after an underwhelming second half to the season.
The poor form continued into the 2017/18 season and Hughes was sacked in January 2018 after five defeats in seven Premier League games left his side in the relegation places.
Once again Hughes made a quick return to management and was appointed as manager of his former side Southampton just two months after leaving Stoke City with an immediate remit of keeping the side up.
With only 10 games remaining of the season, Hughes ensured safety in the penultimate game of the season and kept the Saints in the Premier League for another year.
Unfortunately the 2018-19 season proved to be a struggle again for Southampton and they won just one game and drew six before the board relinquished Hughes of his managerial duties in December 2018.
Mark Hughes: Premier League Statistics
|Premier League Teams Played for||Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea, Everton, Manchester United, Southampton|
Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com