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The Hughes love affair is over

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comment by cityrob (U9078309)

posted Jun 2, 2008

Welcome to man city Mark hughes and can you bring santa cruz and bentley with you

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posted Jun 2, 2008

Without Hughes you'll finish lower than you did this season, that I can guarantee!

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posted Jun 2, 2008

True Thom, but probably not as low as Newcastle im sure winkeye

As for cityrob, you know where you can go with that idea! ok

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posted Jun 2, 2008

Fair play to MH for looking to move! He'll get the ££ he needs to buy the players he wants now!

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posted Jun 2, 2008

wth man city suck. STAY AT BLACKBURN!
man citys chairman is a DUMB4SS

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comment by missy (U2445638)

posted Jun 2, 2008

I think that's a bit harsh.

I will certainly welcome him back as i'm sure will many. Surely you didn't expect him to stay on forever? Hughesy dragged us out of relegation and turned us into a force many teams hate to play against, we reached 6th place, 2 semi-finals (I think), got quite far with our Europe campaign and he bought players like Bentley, Santa Cruz, Bellamy, Benni for hardly any money.

As surprising as the revelation has been there's no denying that he's done a lot for this club in the time he has been here, so I say good luck to him.

IMO I don't think he is a fantastic tactical manager, but more of a transfer one, finding stars with hardly any money... so i'm not sure how it will go when he has lots of cash. Will he buy flops? I'm not sure... (since it's city, I hope so).

Even if everyone else doesn't... I will applaud him for everything he has done.

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posted Jun 2, 2008

No need, in my humble opinion, for your last line Beardash, MH has done well for us, when he goes, we should thank him, wish him well, and concentrate on getting someone else in... it's that simple, really. I could never understand people booing Alan Shearer on his return to Ewood, either.

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posted Jun 2, 2008

The fact that he has asked to speak to City means there is definitely no coming back. If for some strange reason he doesn't become City's manager he would have to resign because the fans are not happy! If he goes City, Bentley and Santa look likely to follow and the fact he has inside knowledge on a lot of players for example release fee's etc means it will be a summer of huge change at Blackburn. I just hope we dont get Alladyce and go for someone like Ince or Laudrup! Thanks Hughes for what you have done but cant say Im not disapointed at how you have acted today!

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posted Jun 2, 2008

Missy, most Rovers fans don't have a problem neccesarily with Spark leaving. Its who to is the most important point.

Chelsea is a huge step up, champions league club lots of cash. I would accept Hughes going to Chelsea but would still be devastated.

Man city on the other hand, crazy chairman who will sack Hughes after one season. They are what i consider rivals for the Uefa cup spots, its not a step up, its a sideways step.

I think Hughes has said he wants to speak to City, not because he really wants to go there, but to force Chelsea's hand. He knows that Kenyon and the other directors want him there.

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comment by missy (U2445638)

posted Jun 2, 2008

Fair enough. smiley I understand your concern with him moving to city... I surely thought he would reject it, especially with the chairman they have.

But I was merely putting my point across because I don't think it's fair if we boo hughes and what not. He's done a fair amount for rovers and we should appreciate that, regardless of where he moves to. Until he says something that warrants that type of reception, I don't agree with it.

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posted Jun 2, 2008

Agreed Misshy (as Sean Connery would say). Yeah, Sparky going to City will be especially hard to take but surely people's memories surely can't be that short to echo the sentiments of this post?

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comment by andy (U9196252)

posted Jun 2, 2008

Good luck Hughes at City and cheers for everything you did for rovers. I sincerely hope we get paul ince in now, I feel he would be perfect for us.

Can't wait to see Vinjays thoughts on hughes leaving, he was never hughes' biggest fan ever anyway. I obviously dont agree with Vinjay though.

If blackburn fans boo Hughes it is an utter disgrace btw.

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posted Jun 2, 2008

I think feelings are running high right now, everyone is upset at losing a great manager, personality and coach.

He had done superb work at rovers on a very limited budget, bringing in some fantastic players and creating a team we are all rightly proud of...

I think what hurts the most is that Hughesy seems to be moving to a team below us, in terms of stability, success and ability (how long is it that city have been since beating us?)..He has seen the big bucks and the lure is too big.

I am disappointed because he has always stated stability and respect of the board are vital, which is totally lacking at city, as shown by the treatment and sacking of Eriksson on Monday.

City did not struggle post xmas because of Sven, it was because they have half a team, no squad and you can't build that in 1 year, Hughesy has been here 3/4 years, Moyes the same, Allardyce another case in hand.

I think Rovers fans will always have a place in their hearts for Hughesy but will also feel rightly aggrieved that he is turning his back on the club just for money..

I'm sorry Mark but if you do go then I for one hope you suffer the same fate as Sven, which will mean you will never manager a Champs League team nor your beloved Utd..I have always said I would be happy to see Hughesy leave for Utd or Chelsea (another point being did Hughesy not say he would only ever manage teams he has played for??) however not city...not that pile of dross is a council house..sorry stadium

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posted Jun 2, 2008

Hughes definately does not deserve a booing we would probably be in the championship if it wasnt for him, and if we weren't we wouldnt have been in the top 10 for the last 3 seasons has done an amazing job job, i wont be angry to see him leave just gutted.

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comment by stainto (U1899330)

posted Jun 2, 2008

I know he's not gone yet, but one thing no-one has commented on yet is that it leaves us right in the clag. Unless we get a manager almost straight away, there's no way we'll be able to make any signings that we desperately need and there's more chance of Bentley et al leaving.

BTW if MH does go to the Council Stadium he needn't think he can come sniffing back here for Santa Cruz, Derbs etc. Hope John Williams says thanks for the memories but get stuffed!

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posted Jun 2, 2008

Talking to city to force Chelsea into a move fast. I don't think he'll leave for City, anyway. If Chelsea come knocking, he'll go. If not, Rovers fans should just be glad we still have Hughes. I don't think anyone could do better than him at the moment other than a world class coach, which is something that won't happen to Blackburn for at least a long time.

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posted Jun 2, 2008

Chelsea is too big for him.

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posted Jun 2, 2008

Hughes for City?
They deserve each other.

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posted Jun 2, 2008

why on earth would city want a hated ex-red over sven??

you can keep him!

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posted Jun 2, 2008

There no guarantee that he will leave yet, he's only asked to talk to them.

I don't know why he'd want to go anyway because city won't finish in the top 5/6, regardless of what they spend! If he finishes around 8th does that mean he's going to get sacked after 1 year??

Ih he goes its a big mistake, i don't see him ever getting the united job.

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comment by riggy (U2010657)

posted Jun 2, 2008

As a Man Utd supporter I think he ought to stay at Ewood park purely because they're better than ciddy.

He's made Blackburn a damn right decent side and can only continue to build on such success.

I don't want him to move but I like most can't stop him. IF he does actually move to ciddy then he'll just be degrading himself but it could be worse!

Good luck Hughsey you'll need it.

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posted Jun 2, 2008

ToastedWelshy is right. He's trying to force Chelsea's hand.

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posted Jun 2, 2008

i can only think that hughes is to be given very large spending power if he takes the city job why else would anybody want this job after the way that sven was treated

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posted Jun 2, 2008

MH good man, good coach, good motivator, however we all knew he wouldnt be here long, a stepping stone. The important thing now is to sort out the sale of the club, get some investment, progress with a good squad MH has assembled and keep in the Premier League. My best wishes to a fellow Welshman, but it is a mistake to leave Ewood Sparky Boyo!!

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comment by kasbah (U3254321)

posted Jun 2, 2008

i'd be surprised to see hughes go to man city, because surely that would be kissing good-bye to any ambitions of succeeding fergie at man utd? would man utd take hughes if he had spent some time with city??

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posted Jun 2, 2008

As a United supporter I am of course disappointted that Mark Hughes would consider a move to City, more so since he is my all time favourite player. However make no mistake that this is an opportunity to consider seriously as City is a bigger club with more attendance than Rovers and under present ownership, have more financial backing than Rovers do until they sort out their own ownership stalemate.

The Chelsea rumours while great in boosting Hughes profile can't be a realistic expectation with Abramovich as the owner. He will invariably go for a manager with a stronger CV and that excludes Hughes at present, making a foreign recruitment the invariable choice. Which is why Hughes will choose to go to City as he will have more chance of doing better both domestically and in Europe with better backing. For all the faults of City, the job carries lesser pressure and expectation than taking the Newcastle job and going to that crazy bunch, even if both clubs haven't won anything in a long time. City I have to admit have some good young players coming up, which is better than the situation at most clubs and so this too is a plus factor in the decision.

I am sure when Rover fans have calm down, they will realise that under present circumstances, they were always at risk of losing Hughes to any of the bigger clubs. They may have looked for consolation that it might be one of the big 4/Champions League teams, salvaging some pride and gaining satisfaction, but people have to be realistic that Hughes is not yet at that stage yet. The failure to progress to higher stage in UEFA Cup showed he is not achieved enough. As such I was of the thinking that he is not the person I would have in the front running for the Old Trafford job, ahead of present number two, Carlos Queiroz. He is however the leader of the pack of United old boys. Who knows what the situation would be in 3 years time.

Once again sorry for Rover fans, but they must sort out their ownership situation or this might get more serious for them.

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posted Jun 2, 2008

I'm delighted with this news, as a Liverpool supporter, we can now get Bentley! I respected Hughes stance on this, but with him gone, if Bentley does want out, the new manger will probably tow the more typical line of "If the player wants to go..."

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posted Jun 2, 2008

i agree with kasbah the next man u manager is martin o'neill

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posted Jun 2, 2008

Thanks for everything MH if you go, You really saved us in the last 3 years. I just hope you dont think United will come knocking after SAF retirement if you take over at city! Also i hope you win the league next year with city or you and sven will be unemployed rolling in cash watching Jeremy Kyle on a big screen TV.

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posted Jun 2, 2008

Poor bitter yonners, and the fact all the giggsy-duvet boys from London are crying in their milk makes it all the sweeter.

Whether he comes to us or not, the whinging from the neanderthals and their cockney cousins has put a smile on my face.

Cheers suckers :D

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posted Jun 2, 2008

The renaissance is over for you blackburn. Back to the championship in a couple of years then. May cross you on the way!

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posted Jun 2, 2008

This is a poor piece of judgement by MH.

1. Does he really want the City job? Why?

2. Is he trying to force Chelsea's hand? If so, he's more stupid than I thought. Surely Roman wouldn't consider hiring someone who has won NOTHING, depsite was Snaky Kenyon may think.

3. He's alienated the Blackburn management and fans.

If I were Blackburn I'd go after Sven now and send MH to the Job Centre.

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comment by U11950489

posted Jun 2, 2008

blackburn are so up the creek without a paddle if hughes leaves i dont blame him no money to spend at rovers players that cant do anymore for him or man.city hundreds of millions to spend world class players to sign massive team world class supporters huge FULL stadium or ay at boggy rovers i know what i would do

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posted Jun 2, 2008

Ah but you're a Bolton fan.

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posted Jun 2, 2008

good luck sparky go get the money. the players do so why not managers .if youhad not done a great job you would have been shown the door like sven

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posted Jun 2, 2008

If the worst should happen then who can we get that is anywhere near good enough to replace him

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posted Jun 2, 2008

What Man City needs is a ruthless and consistently good manager,like Hughes not a weak and overpaid failure, like Sven.

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posted Jun 2, 2008

Man City would be the completely wrong move for Hughes. Chelsea should be the only option he considers. Regardless of the Abramovich dynasty, coupled with a hasty hire and fire policy, Chelsea need to appreciate they are a relatively young club in terms of silverware and the champions league experience.
The club need to be bold and listen to Kenyon's advice. As a young manager, Hughes' enthusiasm, drive and determination for success make him the ideal candidate for the job. His charisma and ambition reflect Chelsea's aspirations perfectly.

Many would argue he is limited in experience; on the contrary, lets not forget his national experience saw his team beat Italy 2 - 1 along with a narrow miss during qualifications for the world cup. As a Rovers fan I will be gutted to see him go, however, I do fully appreciate the time has come to move on. Letís just hope he makes the right decision Ė without doubt Hughes is the talisman Chelsea need.

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comment by him1977 (U843023)

posted Jun 2, 2008

If Hughes EVER wants to be Man United manager, how can he possibly expect to do that if he goes to City?! He is building something at Blackburn and City are not really all that much better, bigger possibly, but there are a few clubs in that mix that he could move to without jeperdising his chances of one day taking on the Old Trafford Hot Seat.

Added to which how much job security does anyone working at City have given Sven's "success" and then sacking?

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posted Jun 3, 2008

Mark Hughes is on his way, whether it is Chelsea or Man City. Some United fans upset with his decision as they would like him as United manager in a few years. I think Hughes has created something at Blackburn, but i think he could be more successfull at City with there money. As for Blackburn i think Sam Alladyce could be the succeder at Ewood Park.

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posted Jun 3, 2008

I'm now resigned to Hughesie going - whilst I think City's a sideways move in some ways, Chelsea is a huge job and I'd love to see him do well. however, I'm really worried about a successor. All the talk is of Allardyce; if this happens, the shirt goes on the barbie when it stops raining. We at Rovers know our place in the football pecking order; however we have always played the game as it should be played - relegation dogfights excepted. The thought of that arrogant long-ball merchant at Ewood makes my blood boil. The board usually see sense - be brave and pick another up and coming manager like Mowbray or Gary Johnson maybe....please! Big Sham at Newcastle was NOT a blip...............

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posted Jun 3, 2008

I am a Blackburn fan.

But if Hughes goes I fear unless we keep hold of players...WHICH WE WON'T we will be relegated within 2 years. Unless decent funds become available and a decent manager comes in.

Bye bye Roque Santa Cruz
Bye bye Bentley
Bye bye Benni Mac

Hello Championship

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posted Jun 3, 2008

This could be a big gamble on the part of MH.

If things go well he will be in charge of a team with lots of money to spend on new players and will take them to the next level.

on the other hand he may not get to choose how the money is spent and end up with players he does not want.

If he does not meet what the chariman expects at the end of the season this time next year MH is down the job centre with his P45.

Sven did all that was asked of him and still got the chop.

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posted Jun 3, 2008

I for one would love to see Hughes go.

He has been chomping at the bit to leave Rovers since joining.

He was all set on the Newcastle job and wanted to take it before Keegan scuppered his chances.

Now he wants another side ways move to City. So let him go.

He clearly has no future with Rovers and would sooner see himself jobless when the Man City owner sacks him in December than try and bear managing Rovers for another season.

Good ridance Sparky. Hope it doesn't all work out well.

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posted Jun 3, 2008

I hope the report about Big Sam taking over at Rovers is a very late April fools joke. Talk about a backward step. Even an untested and inexperienced manager like Shearer would be a better call.

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posted Jun 3, 2008

Why would you want to go from Blackburn a team doing well and a tough team to play against and move to Man City, IMO blackburn are the better club and soon as Hughes can't get Man City into the champions lge in one season he'll be sacked.

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posted Jun 3, 2008

I can't see either move being any good for Sparky.

City and Chelsea are big clubs both run by meddling lunatics. It only takes a quick look at the way Sven was treated to show that that Shinawatra guy is just a dictator running a football club!

And as for chelsea, if you don't deliver the champions league by the end of next season then the chances are your as good as gone. It's absolutely ridiculous. Fair play Avram Grant wasn't the most inspiring of figures in the press room, but all Mourinho did was moan, wind other clubs up and generally act like a big kid. Chelsea fans loved this but the rest of the footballing world were laughing everytime Mourinho stumbled.

I hope he stays at Blacburn, furthers himself and then gets the United hot seat for the beginning of a new era. Although judging by reports it doesn't look likely..

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comment by DCOut (U10694203)

posted Jun 3, 2008

Do you think Hughes is going because he's been told that Rocky and Bentley will be sold in the summer?

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posted Jun 3, 2008

Hughes would be taking a huge risk coming to Eastlands, but as a City fan I'd welcome it.

Blackburn are a well run club and a decent side under Hughes. Rovers fans shouldn't criticise him for wanting to speak to other clubs though, why shouldn't he? And just because he's talking to City doesn't mean he will definetly go, or that he has no respect for Blackburn and its fans. I'm sure he does.

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posted Jun 3, 2008

"If Hughes EVER wants to be Man United manager, how can he possibly expect to do that if he goes to City?" - happened before e.g. George Graham and Arsenal/Tottenham (or closer to home Denis Law and the relegation goal) and if Hughes made a big success at Man City and then arrived at Man Utd, would the fans stop turning up? Obviously not so dont see it as the end to him as a SAF successor.

Moveing sideways is perhaps a bit unrealistic but i get the general idea - neither Man City or Blackburn will ever challenge the big 4 consistently. Difference is Rovers really are at their peak right now; as a neutral I just dont see a realistic way that they extend their goals beyond 7th and some cup runs. City have the potential to become a team consistently hitting 5th with the potential to get in the top 4 if one of the big 4 has a dodgy year. Put another way the only bridging clubs Hughes could really go to right now are: Tottenham,Newcastle, Aston Villa, Everton or Man City. Tottenham/Newcastle haven't had their manager for a full season yet and Everton/Villa's managers look safe for the forseable future. That only leaves City and while thats the club most in crisis at the moment (admittedly owner made which is worrying - though City are one of the few clubs who can have a 'best ever season' and still manage to ruin things; perhaps Thaksin studied the culture there more than people give him credit for?) thats exactly why thats the side with a job available. Also if he does leave in the next month there is not a better time for a manager- hardly like his leaving while in the middle of a cup run/relegation battle etc.

I'm about as neutral as you can get when it comes to Blackburn but if he leaves under a cloud that would be a shame- has taken the club as far as he can and I can think of a few individuals since the 95-96 season who have left the club for exactly those reasons without picking up any flak. Wherever he goes good luck to him I really believe this is one of the top young(ish) managers of today.

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