Photography by Ray Chan

Mark Hughes

Player, Manchester United, 1980-1986; 1988-1995

“I was in a good place. I was having a great time at Manchester United. I should have said: ‘I don’t want to go.’”

In Manchester United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Mark Hughes played for the teams perhaps most widely recognised as the most successful in England, Spain and Germany. After leaving Barça for Bayern, he then returned to Manchester to work under Sir Alex Ferguson, similarly recognised as the finest manager of all.

Hughes proved a key figure in United’s fortunes being revived under Ferguson, before becoming a similar catalyst for the success Chelsea experienced in the late 1990s and then taking his experience to Southampton, Everton and Blackburn. Speaking exclusively to The Coaches’ Voice, Hughes recounts one of the most successful playing careers of his generation.

Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes

Forward thinker

Mark Hughes revisits his time as a player under Sir Alex Ferguson, what he learned playing with Eric Cantona, and the circumstances of his departure for Chelsea
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Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes revisits one of his finest days as a coach – when Stoke City thrashed Liverpool, in Steven Gerrard’s final game for the club
Mark Hughes

Up to speed

Mark Hughes was coming towards the end of a playing career when he was appointed head coach of Wales. He revisits that role, and his subsequent move to Blackburn