Date:Thursday June 5 2008
Blackburn Rovers chairman John Williams insists that finding the RIGHT manager to take over from Mark Hughes could, and probably WILL take some time so he isn't in a hurry to make the decision.
We are all gutted that Hughes has gone, opinions on why or if he should have even gone are flying around and it is painful at this current time but the simple truth is manager and players come and go but the fans will always be the ones left behind so we must now also start to move on and thoughts about who will now take over are on our minds, with Sam Allardyce, Paul Ince and Alan Shearer amongst the early favourites, however, Williams isn't in a hurry to appoint someone as he KNOWS he must take his time and make the right decision to get the right man.
Williams told BBC Radio Lancashire: "I can't set a timescale - there's no point in setting false hurdles that you don't need to jump over.
"We can't be too hasty. It's a crucial, important decision but it's obvious I'd like to do it as quickly as possible.
"My thoughts are to look forward and make sure we replace him (Hughes) with a candidate who can build on the stability and success of the last half-a-dozen years or so.
"We've been very lucky with Mark. He's been terrific for us - he wanted a fresh challenge and the challenge for my colleagues and myself is to make sure we find the right man."
Sparky's managerial stock has risen over the years he has been at Ewood Park and over the past year or two he has been linked with more and more jobs with Williams first beginning to fear for the worst at the start of 2008.
He added: "We got an indication round about the New Year when the Newcastle job became available.
"There was a lot of media speculation that promoted Mark to one of the favourites for that.
"I'd have to say that at that point in the back of your mind you are thinking about what would happen if Mark was to decide he wanted to move on.
"Whilst these things are never welcome, you can never say it's a total shock - you can't actually prepare until it becomes a fact, which it now has."
As well as the worry that Sparky could return to his old stomping ground to raid us for several players it was also confirmed that he WILL take most of his back-room staff to the City of Manchester Stadium with his as well.
He also said: "He will be taking some of the back-room team with him, but I think in fairness to Manchester City that's their prerogative to announce that to the world."
Williams would also go on to again show his class by again wishing Sparky well and hoping that this move allows him to continue to build on the reputation that he has been building with Rovers.
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