Allardyce – Blackburn’s Hughes Deserves Lots of Credit

Big Sam has today been praising the manager of Blackburn Rovers, Mark Hughes, today.

Mark of course managed Wales before replacing Graeme Souness at Blackburn, when Souness became the ill-fated manager of Newcastle United back in Septmeber, 2004, when he replaced the great Sir Bobby Robson on Tyneside. Enough said about that one.


Sam Allardyce – lots of praise for Mark Hughes today

The Lancashire club has done very well under Hughes, and he has signed some excellent players with some excellent deals. Blackburn Rovers are now one of the Premier League’s most consistent sides, and they let themselves down a little on Wednesday evening, in their 4-0 hammering by Aston Villa. They will certainly want to make up for that today against the Magpies.

Some teams don’t like the way Blackburn play, but when you don’t have the money to go out and get really top players what do the other managers expect? Just to lie down? Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho have both criticized the physical nature of Blackburn’s style of play.

But Sam Allardyce was used to that at Bolton Wanderers, and truly believes that Mark has done a wonderful job at Blackburn, which he has.
Sam said today:

“Having, a bit like me, got some undeserved stick, particularly from higher managers because he went about his job making sure the opposition couldn’t play how they wanted to, Mark Hughes has got a good balance.”

“He got criticism from the Arsene Wengers and the Jose Mourinho’s because Blackburn Rovers upset them, they didn’t think Blackburn had any right to tackle their players. Mark Hughes has now developed a nice combination of talent, flair and hard working resilience.”

“It’s not the most affluent of clubs, like it used to be, but he’s knitted a very strong and talented side that has still not lost its nasty streak. They play some good stuff, but they’re tough when they need to be.”

Mark Hughes’ acquisition of Paraguay international Roque Santa Cruz has made Blackburn a threatening force going forward this season. Santa Cruz partners former Porto striker Benni McCarthy and they play well together. We’re not sure if Mark will find a place today for Matt Derbyshire, their young promising striker but we expect him to play some part in the game.

Allardyce added:

“He’s signed two very good goalscorers in Benni McCarthy and Roque Santa Cruz. A lot of us wouldn’t have taken a chance on Benni McCarthy but he did and it’s paid off. Jason Roberts doesn’t get so many goals, but he’s a real handful as well when he plays.

“The service from (David) Bentley and (Morten Gamst) Pedersen is quality and in midfield they’ve got one of the few players in the Premiership who doesn’t need to run too much. Tugay’s so good at finding space and keeping them in possession.”

“Mark Hughes deserves all the credit. I’m not surprised Blackburn have given him a new contract. If he’s signed it, it will be the best, wisest thing they’ve done. If he hasn’t signed it, I think they’re in trouble.”

So it’s turning out to be quite a game today between two teams that desperately need the win to get back in the good books with their fans. Newcastle need the points a lot more than Blackburn, who have made an excellent start in the league and are on 23 points to Newcastle’s 18 points. The games a mere four hours away so all the talk will stop then.

We are hoping for a Newcastle win – by any score, but a clean sheet would be an added bonus.

Comments very welcome – but please keep the language decent – thanks.

5 comments so far

  • indian toon

    Dec 1, 2007 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #1

    looks like sam has has made teriffic analysis of blackburn. well id like to say one thing. TACTICS DONT FAIL , PLAYER’S DO .

  • adam

    Dec 1, 2007 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #2

    i would swap sam for mark hughes ANYDAY!

    mark hughes has learnt well from sir alex and has added his own little style and it works. hes signed good players and thier team play well.

  • Leo

    Dec 1, 2007 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #3

    haha, sam never praises a manager unless he can see some of him self in them… its comical

    it is only mind games, but i think he would do better to praise his players and get them on side so we can put a proformance in today.

  • evildick

    Dec 1, 2007 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #4

    i really need us to win, the last couple of weeks have been depressing! I would take a draw though..

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 1, 2007 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #5

    Sam, shut it and get on with the games, you give way to many interviews to be concentrating that much on the team.


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