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Chelsea Could Turn To Hughes?

Reports are suggesting that Chelsea could look to former star and current Blackburn Rovers boss Mark Hughes should Jose Mourinho depart this summer.

These reports, by The Guardians Dominic Fifield claim that "senior figures" at Stamford Bridge have identified Hughes as a leading candidate to replace Mourinho, should he leave his post, as is expected at the end of the season.

The transformation that Hughes has performed at Ewood Park since taking over from Graeme Souness in September 2004 has been nothing short of miraculous, turning a relegation threatened side into a team that were challenging for a Champions League spot for a great deal of last season. At first he adopted a VERY physical approach as we were literally scrapping for our lives but has since phased in high quality, fast passed, often free flowing style of football, although we are still not afraid to put the boot in (almost always fairly of course!) if needed.

It would appear that the job Sparky has performed with Rovers has not gone unnoticed, with him often touted for the Manchester United job when Sir Alex Ferguson finally moves on, with Sir Alex himself giving his former player a seal of approval. Now, although whether this is true or not we'll not know for a while maybe what he is achieving at Ewood Park has caught they eye of Roman Abramovic and Chelsea also…

Hughes is contracted to Rovers until 2009 (although what are contracts really worth these days!) with Mourinho contracted to Stamford Bridge until 2010 but paying up his contract (or compensation to Rovers for Hughes for that matter!) shouldn't be a problem for Mr Abramovic.

Other people being linked with the post are Frank Rijkaard, Marcello Lippi and Guus Hiddink. Would Chelsea (if Mourinho does indeed leave) turn to Hughes ahead of these? It is thought that Abramovic wants to adopt a more British approach and cut out the lavish spending, in which case Hughes could very well be the man?

Would Hughes want to move on? I would like to think he would stay for a little longer yet and continue the job he has started, but should the chance of a return to Chelsea, with whom he had a very successful time as a player towards the end of his career come about the lure could prove too good to refuse.

Is this just tabloid rubbish (does The Guardian really print such things?!?!) or could it have some backbone to it? IF the chance arose would Hughes walk away from the job he's started at Ewood Park or would he turn down a chance that maybe won't come around again? Share your views below…

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Date:Wednesday April 4 2007
Time: 11:28AM

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This has come TOTALLY out of the Blue (pardon the pun!) for me. Not something I had even thought about to be honest. With the Cup tie coming up it could just be something to add to it but IF Chelsea seriously want to adopt the more British approach, cutting out the MASSIVE spending then Sparky could be an ideal candidate as he picks up players for next to nothing that are/will be stars. Obviously I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY hope he doesn't leave but if he got the chance it would be hard for him to say no. He's said he would like to manage his former clubs, he started with his country, moved onto Rovers, next stop Chelsea?!?!
Hughes Da Man
04/04/2007 11:33:00
Certainly a possibility, but i wouldn't place a large wager on it - He has stated that he wants to manage his ex-clubs, and Chelsea fall into that bracket. He has proven over the last couple of years that he is capable of getting the best out of his staff, has shown shrewdness in the transfer market etc. Who wouldn't consider him? Here's hoping the Guardian football pages have just become as bad as the tabloid rubbish eh?
Head Rover Heels
04/04/2007 11:45:00
Let's hope so Head Rover Heels, it wasn't a little "token" section, was a full blown article though. Sparky is certainly capable of doing the job but maybe, just maybe it would be too soon so he wouldn't genuinely be considered just jet. Boddingtonblue started a thread, then debate with me in the forum the other day on potential future Rovers manager, maybe he knew something we didn't at the time eh?
Hughes Da Man
04/04/2007 11:49:00
He wants to manage Man United, so he won't leave for Chelsea.
04/04/2007 12:21:00
He wants to manage ALL the sides he played for midlothian99 so that includes Chelsea! If it came up before United and he's offered it he will find it hard to refuse, and will be another ticked off the list.
Hughes Da Man
04/04/2007 12:23:00
With all due respect, I can't see Chelsea hiring a manager who's never won anything before (excluding the cup)....
04/04/2007 13:20:00
He would be mad to go there! he is building a fantastic side with blackburn capable of chalenging the top 4 in a few years, no reason for him to throw it all away for 3 years with chelsea (except money)
04/04/2007 13:24:00
Can't see Sparky as being driven by money so that shouldn't be a factor. Sparky might not have won anything Israeli but quality counts and he is full of this, WILL be one of the best, let's just hope this proves to be with Rovers for some time yet.
Hughes Da Man
04/04/2007 14:03:00
Who knows in this world of tittle-tattle media... Let's not worry about it until it happens - he will go at some point I have no doubt and it will be to either Chelsea, United or Barcelona, it maybe a question of who goes first... Interestingly before the United game there was speculation about a move to OT and now all of a sudden he's number one choice at Stamford Bridge. What the media elude to and what Hughesy has said are two totally different things...
Ex Ewood Resident
04/04/2007 14:08:00
VERY true Ex Ewood, was my first thought but The Guardian (not that it's my paper of choice, but not any are!) isn't really known for being a gutter press paper is it. It will happen as you say, until then lets just sit back and enjoy what we can.
Hughes Da Man
04/04/2007 15:51:00
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