Fulham boss Martin Jol has hit out at Mark Hughes after the former Cottagers boss replaced Neil Warnock as Queens Park Rangers manager this week, labelling him ‘very brave’ for committing his long term future to the London club.
Hughes quit his post as Fulham boss last year after just one season with the club, with Jol appointed as his successor in June.
The Welshman cited a lack of ambition from the west London outfit as the reason for his departure, and while he was linked recently with the hot seat at Aston Villa and Sunderland, eyebrows were raised when he agreed to take over at newly-promoted QPR.
Hughes side-stepped questions over his choice to leave Fulham for a club unsure of it’s Barclays Premier League survival after he was unveiled as the new Hoops boss.
The former Manchester City boss is expected to be active in the January transfer window and has reportedly already made offers for Chelsea defender Alex and Chris Samba, while a bid for Tottenham winger Steven Pienaar is said to be in the pipeline.
However Jol believes his predecessor made a mistake in swapping Craven Cottage for Loftus Road.
“It is not always about money if you are talking about ambition," said the former Tottenham boss.
"In my opinion, we are ambitious. But last time he was here he said maybe Fulham are not. That is his opinion.
"Fulham played in a Europa League final and that is not easy to achieve. Of course, we have been playing in the Premier League now for years so it is a different club.
"Our ambition is to be a very good club in the Premier League and hopefully in the next couple of years maybe win something."
Jol also questioned Hughes’s belief that he would stay with QPR for the long-term and build a legacy, stating: “He is very brave to say that.”