Date:Wednesday June 4 2008
Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes is no longer, he has decided to take up the challenge at Manchester City but was this the right thing?!?!
The day was ALWAYS going to come when Hughes would eventually leave Ewood Park, but a week ago did anyone REALLY expect this would happen so soon? Manchester United, or even Chelsea would come knocking and understandably he would have taken the challenge but leaving for Man City is just not sitting right with me personally and I keep coming back to the thoughts that Sparky HAS made a mistake!!!
Before I carry on I must (in fact ALL of us should) give MASSIVE thanks to Sparky for the job that he has done with the club, turning us from a relegation threatened side of "bully boys" into a team that are still capable of holding their own but a side that now has some superb footballers (that should we keep CAN still carry on building even further under the right man) with us now firmly established as a top Premier League club.
With the uncertainty at Man City and the lack of stability in place do we really believe that Man City is much more (if any!) of a step forward than Rovers? Many people feel that Sparky had taken Rovers as far as he could, but had he really?!?! He didn't seem to believe this as he often himself said that there was still work to do so why has Man City been the club for him to leave for? Rovers has a wonderful board in place, who have offered us stability but had the lack of funds made available to him finally frustrated him enough into going? Could we have offered him more money than we have been to have strengthened us and given him even more chance to take us to that next level?!?!
I can't but help feel that Sparky is walking into a dangerous job that could have consequences for his future (maybe damaging, even if only for the short-term) and could do more harm that good? Is the move made really a move forward at all for him? Many features about Man City make them a "bigger" club than Rovers, but many others make this switch one that is hard to grasp. However, the time had obviously come for Sparky to make a move and seek a new challenge, which the job at the neighbours of his former club Manchester United (with whom Sparky is a legend) will be a MASSIVE one and one he felt he needed to take.
I accept that Sparky was always one day going to leave Ewood but as much as I do appreciate all that he has done and EVERYONE must be very thankful for what he did in his years with the club I can't help but feel a little let down as Sparky hasn't really left to move forward in his career in many ways has he. He always spoke about people honouring their contracts and remembering that the grass isn't always greener on the other side, these believes were not held by him in a way were they (which although not right could have been a more understandable move for a MASSIVE club with more to offer than Man City) and although I'm not wishing him bad who knows what position he could be in this time next year having accepted the challenge that he has? So overall as much respect that I have for Sparky I don't believe that his job was finished at Ewood so he might just find out that the grass might not be greener on the City of Manchester turf for him either?!?!
The thing we NOW have to worry about is WHOM will he now be coming back to Ewood Park to poach, now THIS is our next worry!!!
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Date:Wednesday June 4 2008
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