Mark Hughes has been confirmed as Fulham’s new manager, signing a two-year deal with the London club.
Hughes replaces Roy Hodgson, who left the club earlier this month to take charge of Liverpool.
“I am joining on the back of two of the most successful seasons in the club’s history,” he told the Fulham website.
“I am confident that with some additions to the squad, hard work and commitment, we can move this club forward in the right direction.”
The former Manchester City boss will be unveiled as manager on 3 August and his first match in charge will be a friendly against Werder Bremen four days later.
It is also believed that Hughes will look to tempt out-of-favour City players to London, including Craig Bellamy, Roque Santa Cruz and Stephen Ireland.
“I have discussed my aspirations with both the chairman [Mohamed Al Fayed] and Alistair Mackintosh [chief executive, with whom he worked at City] and believe that we are aligned in our aims for what can realistically be achieved here,” said Hughes.
“I hope the Fulham fans will enjoy some special times during this season’s campaign and we will work hard to achieve that.”
He added: “I’m looking forward to working with the squad as soon as possible, and in making sure the on-pitch preparations are complete before the first competitive ball is kicked in August.”
Fulham had attempted to recruit Ajax coach Martin Jol but were forced to look elsewhere when the Dutch club refused to release the former Tottenham manager.
Cottagers chairman Mohamed Al Fayed described Hughes as “a great guy”.
Al Fayed added: “I know that he understands my vision for the club and believes in what we want to achieve.
“We have enjoyed two incredibly successful years and my hopes and dreams for this club are for that journey to continue.”