Bayern Munich on the other hand will surely feel they had a lucky escape. Let us rewind...
Here is a Telegraph report from March 2011:
"Mark Hughes heads a three-strong shortlist to become the new head coach of Bayern Munich. The Fulham manager, a former Bayern player, is understood to have been targeted by the club’s president, Uli Hoeness, and an approach may be made in the next few days.
"Bayern are investigating how much it would cost to hire Hughes, and if there would be any compensation involved, and whether he would be determined to bring his backroom staff with him."
The reports even saw Hughes address, and dismiss, the rumours - amazing when you think about it now. You can read the full report here.
"It's very flattering but I'm quite happy doing what I'm doing at the moment," - Said Hughes. "If opportunities in the future present themselves, I think it would be part of my football education and something that I'd want to do, but I'm not looking to do it at the moment."
Just two months later Hughes quit Fulham, famously saying he wanted to manage a 'more ambitious club'.
And Fulham fans may have understood had Hughes popped up in Bavaria, but alas only half a season later he would go back in management with rivals QPR - who they had hammered 6-0 just months earlier.
He further infuriated them by signing striker Bobby Zamora, and his spell at the Hoops has been an unmitigated disaster, sacked after 12 league games without a win - also eliminated at the first hurdle in the Capital One Cup.
When you look back 18 months and see how the manager's star has fallen it is quite remarkable. Hughes is of course a former Bayern player, which may well have helped sway the rumours, but the fact is right now the only job at the Bundesliga giants he would get is waterboy.
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