Hughes in the wings

FORMER Manchester City boss Mark Hughes is once again being linked with a move to Upton Park, should Gianfranco Zola leave the club in the coming weeks. While co-owner David Sullivan says the Italian s position is secure, speculation is mounting that a po

FORMER Manchester City boss Mark Hughes is once again being linked with a move to Upton Park, should Gianfranco Zola leave the club in the coming weeks.

While co-owner David Sullivan says the Italian's position is secure, speculation is mounting that a poor run of results could convince him and business partner David Gold to make a switch if they felt it was necessary to avoid relegation.

Earlier in the week, Sullivan also questioned whether Zola was too 'nice' to survive in the Premier League, which led to the West Ham boss criticising his boss' readiness to speak to the press at every opportunity.

Should the duo part company, Hughes would be at the top of the list to replace him.


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The Welshman was reportedly spoken to by Gold and Sullivan prior to the completion of their takeover, and is keen for a new challenge following his sacking by Manchester City in December.

Hughes has also been linked with the Turkish national team post, following the resignation of Fatih Terim, but is said to favour a return to the Premier League rather than international football.

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