Premier League: Stoke boss Mark Hughes admits he made mistake in leaving Fulham

Mark Hughes admits he got it wrong when he walked out on Fulham two years ago.

Mark Hughes (right): Stoke boss admits departure from Fulham in 2011 was a mistake

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Former Fulham manager Mark Hughes admits he probably made a mistake leaving the club when he did.

Hughes, who takes his Stoke side to Craven Cottage this weekend, resigned as Fulham boss in the summer of 2011 having led them to an eighth-placed finish and Europa League qualification through the Fair Play League.

At the time, he said: "As a young, ambitious manager I wish to move on to further my experiences", while then owner Mohamed Al-Fayed branded him a "strange man" and a "flop".

Speaking ahead of this weekend's fixture, Hughes said: "I left under something of a cloud.

"I made the decision to leave but, with hindsight, it was probably the wrong decision."

Mark Hughes

"At the time I made the decision to leave because, given what I knew and what I thought was going to happen in the future, I couldn't commit to a new contract.

"I made the decision to leave but, with hindsight, it was probably the wrong decision.

"When I was there I had a few doubts over what kind of investment would be made available to strengthen the team. I interpreted that as maybe the club didn't want to keep on progressing.

"Obviously, almost immediately after I left they started investing in good players and spending some money, so I probably got that wrong.

"I don't think I have got anything to prove there. I am looking to go back there with my team now, which is Stoke, and do well. We need to get back on track."