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Hughes: We NEED European Football

Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes has admitted that failure to qualify for Europe next season could severely hamper his summer recruitment plans.

The 2-1 defeat to West Ham United on Saturday, along with other results saw Rovers slip to ninth, and although it wasn't quite terminal as has left a dent in our European hopes for next season, almost certainly ended our automatic qualifying chances of qualifying for the UEFA Cup. With Aston Villa and Manchester City BOTH interested in taking part in the Intertoto Cup we MUST finish above them to have anyway chance.

Sparky feels that European football is needed again next season, or our chances of attracting the players to Ewood Park that he wants to will be severely hampered, something that I completely agree with, but it will not only be players not wanting to COME TO Rovers that I believe we will miss out on, I also worry about players that will maybe start thinking about wanting TO LEAVE Rovers as well!!!

Hughes told the Lancashire Telegraph: "Qualifying for Europe is important to us because it really helps with recruitment.

"If you've got the attraction of European football, then it helps when you are trying to attract a better quality of player.

"Ideally, we would like to present that to players if we are able to attract the right quality.

"There are still games to play, and we've still got games we feel we can win, so it's not over yet
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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday March 17 2008

Time: 7:15PM

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There are still PLENTY of points to play for so we still have more than a chance, but Sparky is right we REALLY DO need European football again next season!!!
Hughes Da Man
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17/03/2008 19:17:00

I thought Man City are on for qualifying through a fair play award as are Villa? And we need Portsmouth to win the FA Cup...
FreidelNo.1
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18/03/2008 08:41:00

That will just be a bonus place though won't it, the fair play thing?!?! I'm pretty sure that Portsmouth haven't applied for the Intertoto Cup, although I can't say for sure!!!
Hughes Da Man
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18/03/2008 19:42:00

Rovers need Europe to bring in better players, Hughes rep can only do so much after all! The team will want Europe as well as Rovers kinda just limped out this yr, I think taking Larissa too lightly!!
Clint
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19/03/2008 14:20:00

Your right there clint. If we dont make Europe we've only got ourselves to blame. The time to go on a roll is now.
MikeyGamst
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19/03/2008 20:39:00

I want Pompey to win the FA Cup too. We havn't applied for the Inter toto either.
storagematt
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21/03/2008 21:24:00

 

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