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No complacency at Fulham: Hughes

As Fulham look to appoint their new manager ahead of next week’s pre-season tour of Sweden, Northern Ireland defender Aaron Hughes insists no one at Craven Cottage can afford to get complacent.

It has been more than a fortnight since Roy Hodgson - who guided Fulham to the Europa League final last season - left for Liverpool.

Caretaker-boss Ray Lewington is likely to remain at the helm for today's friendly at Bournemouth, with the squad set to jet out to Scandinavia on Monday.

By then, the Cottagers are expected to be in a position to formally announce their new boss.

Martin Jol has emerged as the favourite to replace Hodgson, although with the possibility of Ajax qualifying for the Champions League it is questionable whether the ex-Tottenham boss could be tempted back to the Barclays Premier League.

Whoever eventually takes over in the Craven Cottage dugout will certainly have a tough act to follow.

Yet any worries that the players may be complacent following last season's successes have been swiftly rebuffed by Hughes.

“We know what works for us and how to get results and we've got to keep working hard ahead of the new season,” he said.

“We know what has brought us success over the last couple of years and what works for us: we work hard, but there is always room for improvement.

“Another good, solid league finish this season would be regarded as a successful campaign.

“I don't think because of last season, or the season before, that we will be getting ahead of ourselves.”

Fulham have already signed defender Philippe Senderos from Arsenal, but goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer continues to be linked with a switch the other way.

Centre-back Brede Hangeland is another player said to have impressed Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

The Norwegian, however, takes all transfer rumours with a pinch of salt.

“There is always speculation about players moving clubs,” he said.

“I would be lying if I didn't say I prefer it when people think I have done better than the opposite.

“But the more years I play, the more I learn to ignore speculation and keep my head down.”

Hangeland added: “I am confident I am good enough to play under another manager here at Fulham.

“The organisation at Fulham is very good — we have a good working unit and hopefully, if we get the right new manager, we will keep going as we have done.”

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