Mark Hughes, the Blackburn Rovers manager, according to most morning newspapers today, will this week accept the position of Newcastle United manager.
Mark Hughes – could be offered the job early this week – he’d take it
But we donâ€™t think this is the right choice for Newcastle at this time, because Mark has almost the identical CV as Big Sam. He has done very well at a club where he hasnâ€™t spent too much money, has made some excellent buys, and has his team in the top 8 in the Premier league.
We think Mark Hughes will be an excellent manager in the long term, there’s no doubt about that. However, the struggle Mark will have is to survive if he doesn’t bring instant success to Newcastle United. There’s no doubt he’ll have to begin the building process all over again if he does take over from Sam.
When he took over at Blackburn in 2004, after Souness left for Newcastle, Blackburn were in relegation trouble. But Mark did well immediately by dragging Rovers up the league, so they eventually finished 15th that season (2004-2005), just one place and 2 points below Newcastle.
The following season (2005-2006) he has Blackburn in 6th position, one place and 5 points above Newcastle. Quite a turnaround in his first couple of years at the Lancashire club, so he certainly knows what he’s doing. Last season however, they were down to 10th place.
A couple of positive points Mark has over Big Sam
- Markâ€™s younger than Big Sam at 44 years old, and probably has more development ahead as a manager â€“ presumably he will only get better (but his relative youth could also be looked on as a negative)
- Mark plays a good attacking game, which could be seen yesterday when Blackburn attacked Bolton in the second half, after being 1-0 down at half time, and eventually came out winners 2-1, with a great injury time goal from Jason Roberts.
If this happens, and if Ashley has really decided on Hughes, we think Mark will be offered the job very quickly this week.Â It will be looked on as a strange choice by the Newcastle fans.
What do you think – comments welcome.