Hughes could prove the unlikely casualty of managerial merry-go-round

As Sven Goran Eriksson’s departure from Manchester City was finally confirmed and Chelsea upped their search for a new man at the Bridge the unlikely casualty of the whole episode could be Blackburn’s Mark Hughes.

The former Manchester United striker has worked wonders in his role at Ewood Park with a unerring eye for picking up transfer bargains such as David Bentley, Benni McCarthy and Roque Santa Cruz.

But with the Welshman linked to both jobs, already having held talks with City, he may be undone by his own ambition.

In his time with the Rovers’ Hughes has been backed by the board, with the power-keepers more than happy to let him steadily progress in his role.

However, with Grant and Eriksson only given mere months to bring sweeping success to their clubs it is unlikely that Hughes would be afforded more time in either role.

Hughes would do well to remember the plight of Bolton’s Sam Allardyce.

Big Sam slowly built his reputation at the Reebok stadium, only to have it torn to shreds in less than hale a season at Newcastle United.

Even though Hughes appears to hold the key to a golden managerial future he should choose his next move very carefully.


Man Utd late show ends title race

A resilient display by Blackburn Rovers against Manchester United at Ewood Park last night was almost enough to ensure that this season’s thrilling title race went right down to the wire.

Carlos Tevez’s late headed goal cancelled out Roque Santa Cruz’s opener and handed United an important point ahead of Saturday’s clash with Chelsea.

And the importance of the draw was not lost on United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
“Our second-half performance was phenomenal. Our tenacity was fantastic and we played like champions,” he said. “The attitude and character was fantastic. I’m really proud of them.”

The Red Devils face their London rivals at Stamford Bridge knowing that even a defeat will not see Chelsea take top spot.

With the Blues inferior goal difference, United effectively have an extra point and with their last two games against West Ham and Wigan Athletic it seems unlikely that they will be caught.

Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool will all have to raise their game next season.