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Aston Villa tell Hughes he is not on shortlist

Aston Villa have told Mark Hughes he is not under consideration for the manager's job.

The Mirror says Villa have told Hughes he is OUT of the running to be their next manager - just hours after he quit as Fulham boss.

Villa chairman Randy Lerner dropped the bombshell after deciding to scrap plans to appoint Hughes as Gerard ­Houllier's successor.

Lerner is believed to have been disturbed by the manner of Hughes' exit from Craven Cottage and the activities of his agent, Kia Joorabchian, over the last 24 hours.

And Villa have since been compiling a new short-list for the post after a cheeky approach for Carlo Ancelotti was rebuffed by the former Chelsea boss.

Martin Jol, Steve McClaren and Wigan's Roberto Martinez are expected to feature on Lerner's wish-list, as Everton boss David Moyes is still believed to be out of reach.

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