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.