Football

Hughes: Sir Alex was right

Published Add your comment

Football News
24/7

Fulham manager Mark Hughes admits the emergence of Paul Scholes proves Sir Alex Ferguson was right to bring to an end to his own career at Manchester United.

Ferguson sold Hughes to Chelsea in 1995 and the former Wales striker believes the emergence of Scholes, who remains a class act at 35, was the catalyst for his departure.

"I could see Paul's quality back then and I think he hastened my exit!" he said. "I left at the same time as Paul Ince and Andrei Kanchelskis because Alex had complete faith in the young players like Scholes, David Beckham and Nicky Butt."

He added: "They were the future and I was the past. Sir Alex always was and still is very good at making key decisions at the right time. He got that one right."

Hughes expects Ferguson to arrive at Craven Cottage for Sunday's clash intent on reminding a player he managed for seven years of the pecking order.

"I've never come up against a weakened Man Utd team and maybe he likes his former players to know our place!" he said.

"He's always competitive but has a lot of affection for guys who have played for him and taken the next step through to management.

"He's always supportive but always likes to beat you.

"My relationship with him now is probably better than when I was a player.

"As a player I was grateful he allowed me to play in his team and that was it, but now I'm a manager we're closer."

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms

Topics:
Fulham
Football
David Beckham
Chelsea
Mark Hughes
Premier League
Alex
Andrei Kanchelskis
Manchester United
Paul Scholes
Mark Hughes
Nicky Butt

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again