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Mark Hughes Could Be Offered Newcastle Job

10:22 am, Monday, January 14th, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 39 Comments

Mark Hughes, the Blackburn Rovers manager, according to most morning newspapers today, will this week accept the position of Newcastle United manager.

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Mark Hughes - could be offered the job early this week – he’d take it

But we don’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 hasn’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

  • Mark’s younger than Big Sam at 44 years old, and probably has more development ahead as a manager – 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.  It will be looked on as a strange choice by the Newcastle fans.

What do you think – comments welcome.



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39 responses so far ↓

  • 1 James // Jan 14, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    I’d rather gamble on Shearer than have Hughes. This is a manager who is on the verge of buying Amdy Faye for Blackburn’s midfield. We all know how crap he is.

  • 2 RobNUFC // Jan 14, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    I think this would be an absolute shocker.
    I’d honestly rather have stuck with big sam and given him the money we’ve wasted here to spend.

    For goodness sake go and get someone we can get excited about MA.

  • 3 jimmer // Jan 14, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    bad idea. cant see it lasting a season. think bigger

  • 4 Shane Coghlan // Jan 14, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Quique Sanchez Flores everyone?

  • 5 obafemimartins // Jan 14, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    why sack sam allardyce to bring in mark hughes? they are recognised for the same thing and he asks for time then he needs results. i hope ashley realises that hughes is the same and goes abroad for a top quality manager.

  • 6 yo // Jan 14, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    I seem to recall similar suggestion when Redknapp was in the frame. It turned out he was not even offered the job. I believe that this is no different.

  • 7 Edd Case // Jan 14, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    This would be a nightmare – the club taking a massive step SIDEWAYS.

    On the bright side of things…

    http://www.nufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10278~1214541,00.html

  • 8 Hadrian // Jan 14, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    nah he couldnt bring hughes in now after he’s been able to have a look at public opinion thats went on over these past few days .
    he’s nowhere near a favorite in fans eyes , and he’s got ‘i want the manc job’ written all over him .

    this is the best news ive heard since sams sacking
    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11678_3046003,00.html

  • 9 KevinHann // Jan 14, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Come on, Mark, please say no already so that we can finally turn to Keegan!!!

  • 10 John // Jan 14, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    your joking Kevinhann…He had hes time, hes past it now…

    Lou Van Gaal..,Its got to be

  • 11 surey // Jan 14, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    THIS IS CRAZY!!!!!!!!!

  • 12 ChrisL // Jan 14, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    @Ed
    “Mark plays a good attacking game”

    You’re having a laugh!!!
    Good manager but puts a team out to not get beat & will leave us for ManU when Alex hangs up his tracksuit.

  • 13 Jack // Jan 14, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Why would Manchester United go for Mark Hughes, surely they would want a world class manager.

  • 14 Kash2 // Jan 14, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    All of you wanting a Keegan return are fooking deluded. Are you taking the piss? Keegan as manager or assistant, NO THANK YOU!

    Mark Hughes IMO is the best British manager after Alex Feguson in the EPL at this time. He has been in the job alot less than Moyes and achieved good results. He has similar credentials as the likes of Rijkaard, Van Basten, Klinsmann and Keane in which he managed national side, gained exposure to International scene which is very tactical and then plied his trade to club management.

    Hughes is the nest choice, he’ll keep the club fairly British and he plays good possession based attacking football. He gets results at Blackburn and he’ll get them at Newcastle with decent money.

    Please Please Please don’t forget that MA isn’t going to pour in £100m this season or next. It’ll £25m or so in increments of about 4 seasons. He promised £100m, and he’ll do that but over 4 seasons!

  • 15 KevinHann // Jan 14, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    ROFL he had his time and did better than all the others after him, including sir Bobby. If he has time again, what would be that bad? Have you ever considered the spiritual lift the team will gain? And what would Van Gaal bring? His arrogant, tactical approach has been opposed by many of his players. Certainly not a good basis for improval in our situation!!
    All the people saying Keegan past it are being stupid. There are many examples of managers returning to their previous clubs to do as good or even better than the first time. Truth is you guys are talking cliches in bare attempt to argument your desire to see a big name appointed – which will not happen. Plus I am not sure the big name would help this much. Massive CV is no guarantee. Be realistic, for once. It is what we are being criticised for, remember!?

  • 16 Kash2 // Jan 14, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Apart from Keane who hasn’t been national manager, but was top player and will be top manager.

  • 17 Sloop Jon B // Jan 14, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Van Gaal contracted to AZ until 2010- reckon he could be persuaded to try his hnd in the premiership.
    How about getting Sir Bobby to have a word is Mourinho’s lug?

  • 18 Toony // Jan 14, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    I would say if you want a sure winner go for mourinho, if Ashley wants a team effort with lots of discipline then go for ottmar. And finally if you want attacking style of play try going for hiddink

  • 19 Kash2 // Jan 14, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    We should have got Hitzfeld when we had the chance after sacking Bobby. FFS once again fooked up and we lose out due to his incompetence. If he can be lured away now from Bayern, then he’s the big name and experienced manager we need!

  • 20 KevinHann // Jan 14, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    25 mil per season would mean say 16-17 mil the summer and 8-9 more in the winter. This is about 3 + 1 decent players, and I mean decent, not stars. Considering we already need half a team changed, it seems we will be fighting for mid-table next season. After all, Villa, Everton and West Ham are far ahead as it is and they will also spend.

  • 21 ELFER // Jan 14, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    I insist HOULLIER is the manager who fitts best to us currently.

    I know there are surtain names surrounding, but please forget absolutely about Hitzfeld…he will commit himself soon to our swiss national team and it’s well known that this would be his only choice if he decides to still be manager…

  • 22 KevinHann // Jan 14, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Toony – and none of them is available. Mourinho wants italian or spanish job, only thing that could make him return is Liverpool (by far a more intriguing challenge in his view). Hiddink denied Chelsea and has a massive job on his hands with Russia, also prefers international football. Ottmar is not available till the summer and already declared he would then look on the international stage as well.
    What can’t you understand? These are NOT for us. If you want foreign, you can get Houllier at best!

  • 23 KevinHann // Jan 14, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    I don’t want Houllier, he would fast-buy half a squad of french players. With his % of poor buys we could end up with a whole team that is unneeded and get into an even bigger mess.

  • 24 Lewis // Jan 14, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Hughes would be too sensible a choice for the ultimate ‘comedy club’ (who can spin a joke longer than Ken Dodd).

    After Gullit and sacking Robson, the joke rolled on with Souness and Roeder.
    Just when we all thought that the laughs surely had to be over, up pops Sam Allardyce to keep the rest of the Premiership in giggles.

    Now the half wits in the North East want Keegan.
    ……or Shearer.
    ……or both.

    They just keep the laughs coming in Newcastle folks!!!!

  • 25 John // Jan 14, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    @ Kevin Hann …Van Gaal is proven winner. Hes won trophies at the highest level..Even Won Chapions League with Ajax..

    Keegan, Legend he is, never won nothing at any club apart from Division one title..

  • 26 Singa_toon // Jan 14, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    I dont really mind Mark Hughes, he get his team play pretty decent attacking football which is exactly what we need and want. On another subject all together, I feel we are leaking in goals because our midfield is shit, butt, smith, milner arent good enough creating a hole in midfield thus putting too much pressure on our defense.

  • 27 ELFER // Jan 14, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    @KevinHann: I don’t think so, since we already have a half french speaking squad!! And also he knows how to perfectly place OWEN into a team! Paired with his connections and sense for french talents I think this are enough reasons for HOULLIER.

  • 28 Hammy // Jan 14, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Please put us out of our misery…I’m sick of all this squabbling….

  • 29 Hadrian // Jan 14, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    please , slating the prem’s 5th most sucsesfull manager then stating mark hughes is a good appointment . your the kind of mug that thought the souness appointment was a good one im betting.
    how the hell can you dismiss kevin and then put hughes forward , its bloody insulting .

  • 30 Hadrian // Jan 14, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    ohh, you lot miss the 6-1 thumping van gaal got yesterday? we may aswell stick with pearson ;)

  • 31 KevinHann // Jan 14, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    John – I could say van Gaal hasn’t managed in England and that would be stupid. He is not for us, not now. Can’t you see it? We DONT NEED A BIG NAME now. We need someone capable. And capable of moving the club in the right direction, not winning trophies! Managers with big CV are used to working with squads like Barca, Ajax, Chelski – not relegation threatened losers. It is not their strength to do what we need to be done, don’t you understand? Throw your proven track records and title cabinets in the trash bin and get down to earth.

  • 32 KevinHann // Jan 14, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    ELFER – which part of my statement did you prove wrong? We already have half a french speaking squad – ok, but he will bring MORE “top rate” french youngsters. Granted. Houllier can’t handle tough situations. He might be amazing with the pool of talent and ambition he had with Liverpool and Lyon, but that’s not present in Newcastle.

  • 33 Black Caesar // Jan 14, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    People like KEVINHANN or whatever he calls himself is what is wrong with Newcastle. How some people can just accept mediocrity as if it’s their daily diet is just baffling! What is wrong if we aim for the best managers in europe for our clubs? Dont we also want to be play in the champion’s league???

    Hand on heart can any of those championing Hughes, Keegan, Allardyce and co. honestly tell me if they can see any of these managers breaking up the current top 4??????????

    EXACTLY!!!!

    Which is why we need a manager who is capable of doing this. Like Hitzfeld, van Gaal and their ilk!

  • 34 KevinHann // Jan 14, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Because we can’t jump into the CL from relegation struggle, dude! I want us to be up there as well, I feel we deserve it, but I don’t DEMAND IT NOW and know it takes time to get there! And if you can’t see any sense in what I am saying, it is you who is the problem my friend. Stability – this mean anything to you? Why do you think Bobby was gone? Because of us being stable?

  • 35 ToonKing // Jan 14, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    pls not Hughes, if Ashley sacked Sam for Hughes i’ll go mental. they are the exact same type except Sam is much better in the background things like medical staff, infrastructure and so on. it wouldn’t even be a sideways step ffs it would be backwards.

    Hughes brings reasonably attacking footy ???? hell he does. exact same tactics as Sam. stupid macho midfield and defence spraying the long-balls to the wings and up front.
    Harry was a bad idea but he’s much much better then Hughes.

    I honestly have no idea who it’s gonna be and i’m tired of making assumptions. This can’t go on any more. We have no manager for almost a week now in the middle of the fookin’ season. Something needs to happen and happen fast.

  • 36 scott9 // Jan 14, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    houlier plays worse football then big sam he rect owens career when he was at liverpool buy just hoofing long balls to him.

  • 37 Moy // Jan 14, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Mark Hughes wouldn’t be a step forward at all if you ask me….

    NO GO for him.

    Why aren’t we hearing anything better? At least a Van Gaal..

  • 38 scott9 // Jan 14, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    james the reason blackburn are buying amady faye is cuase there skint and he is S8it but for 1-2 million hes not bad for a back up by blackburns standards they have an exellent first 11 but there squads not all that good.

  • 39 Jamie G // Jan 14, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    I think, whoever the new manager is, his first job would be to buy an experienced world class centre back. louis van gaal has worked with them in the past and is like a dutch mourinho. mark hughes is a good honest manager but he plays ruggid, nasty football just like Big Sam. If he is appointed it would be diabolical and we would continue our current status of mediocrity.




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