Leslie Mark Hughes
(born 1 November 1963), is a former Welsh international footballer
. As an international footballer, he made 72 appearances and scored 16 goals.
During his playing career he was most noted for two spells at Manchester United
, but he also played for Barcelona
and Bayern Munich
, as well as the English clubs Chelsea
and finally Blackburn Rovers
, before retiring in 2002.
He won a host of medals during his playing career, including two Premier League
title medals, four FA Cups
, three League Cups
and two European Cup Winners' Cups
. He also collected an FA Cup runners-up medal and a League Cup runners-up medal.
His reign as Wales manager was his first managerial post; he was appointed in 1999 and remained in the role until 2004. He failed to qualify for a World Cup
or European Championship
during his five years in charge, although his reign coincided with a marked improvement in results; he came particularly close to securing European Championship
qualification in 2004.
Manchester United (1980–1986)
Born in Ruabon
, Wales, Hughes joined Manchester United
after leaving school in the summer of 1980, having been spotted by the team's North Wales talent scout Hugh Roberts
. However he did not make his first team debut for three years — in a 1–1 draw away to Oxford United
in the FA Cup
, in the 1983–84
season. Like many other United legends, Hughes quickly... Read More