Mark Hughes Surprised By Sam’s Sacking


Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes has spoken about his link to the Newcastle United manager job today, and says he has not spoken to anybody at the Tyneside club.

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Mark Hughes – great work at Blackburn Rovers

Mark Hughes is now behind favorite Harry Redknapp to take over at St James’ Park but we think the appointment of Mark at Newcastle would be a big risk, since he has no experience of managing a top club yet in the Premiership.

That’s not to say Mark hasn’t done a great job at Blackburn, having taken over from Graeme Souness when Souness signed on as manager of Newcastle in September, 2004. He’s made very good steady progress at Blackburn, and got them into Europe without spending too much money in the transfer market.

Mark said today:

“There’s always speculation when any big job comes up. I seem to be talked about in good terms and I’m appreciative of that but it’s just recognition of the work myself and my staff do here,”

“I have not spoken to anyone from Newcastle, I spoke to my chairman last night and he has had no contact, and I don’t think there will be any contact.”

“I am in a very strong position here, I have a great relationship with the chairman and the board and that is really important.”

“When managers have that relationship it’s a big decision to forego that as the relationship is the key to whether we can be successful.”

Hughes was keen to add that Sam Allardyce’s sacking at Newcastle on Wednesday had come as a big shock to him, as he continued:

“I think it surprised everyone given the length of tenure of Sam’s appointment.” “It was not anywhere near long enough in my view to enable him to be successful.”

“There is a lot of pressure and expectation with a number of Premier League jobs and certainly Sam paid the price but he’s a proven Premier League manager and I am sure a lot of chairmen will be keeping an eye on what will happen to him in the future.”

We don’t think Big Sam will have any trouble finding a new job, he probably will just bide his time until the summer, and then sign up for whichever Premier club goes for him.

Comments welcome.


3 comments so far

  • true

    Jan 11, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #1

    Just read this……

    Bayern have turned to Klinsmann after Ottmar Hitzfeld revealed he would be stepping down as the club’s manager at the end of the season.

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  • George

    Jan 11, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #2

    Every manager is surprised when another manager gets sacked, it is their way of saying thats no surprise.
    With all the talk of SAs results and teams performances, was it any surprise when Alex Ferguson was first to voice his support, what did Alex ferguson know that we didnt know.
    I dont think there are surprises in football anymore, unless Kevin Keegan does a big U TURN and comes back with Shearer as his apprentice.

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  • MikeD

    Jan 11, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Not managed a top club? I’d say all of the premier league clubs are top clubs – and surely Portsmouth aren’t a bigger club than Blackburn in any case?

    They’re aren’t that many clubs that have won the Premier League (4) and Blackburn is one of them. They also won the league cup not so long ago, and have qualified for Europe the last two seasons. In terms of success, they’re clearly a bigger club than Newcastle. Or did you mean to say that he hasn’t managed a club where the fans have a delusional superiority complex?

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