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Hughes Speculation Angers Rovers

Recent speculation linking Blackburn Rovers boss with a possible summer switch to Chelsea has privately, if not publicly angered Rovers.

Among other thing the Lancashire Telegraph printed:

However, such speculation has not gone down well at Rovers, and the club are privately seething about the timing of it, given that they face Chelsea in the semi-finals of the FA Cup at Old Trafford a week on Sunday.

The Chelsea link also comes just days after Hughes was heavily touted as the natural successor to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

Publicly, Rovers have decided not to comment on the latest round of speculation regarding Hughes' future, but privately they are worried it might dominate the media agenda next week in the build-up to the semi-final, which could then affect the players' focus
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Once Hughes openly admitted to desires of going on to manage former sides this kind of thing was always likely to come about as and when Rovers came up against such opponents. It happened against Manchester United last weekend (again!), and was an even greater certainty this time round in an FA Cup Semi Final against another.

How genuine these rumours are, or if they are merely a ploy to try and distract Hughes' and the players focus only time will tell. Do I really think Hughes could return to Stamford Bridge this summer? I can see no reason why not as he is a manager of great potential and quality whilst Chelsea do fit the bill of being a former side, so I'm sure he could do well for them, but I'm not too sure if they would really turn to him… yet!

As for distracting player focus, they are professionals, sure they are only human but why should it distract them? I feel it should do quite the opposite! It should, I feel make them even more determined to succeed; its further incentive (as if there wasn't enough!) to gain victory. With regards to Hughes himself, if he is seriously interested in taking over should the special one depart then victory would not harm his chances in the slightest, surely quite the opposite…


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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday April 5 2007

Time: 12:31PM

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I am not angered by the speculation, Sparky has brought such speculation on himself by openly admitting to wanting to manage former sides. Much like Benni (and others) you can see why he has such desires but maybe he should sometimes keep them to himself, although in fairness to Sparky it us often the original desire that keeps returning. It could happen, but chances are it wont. I fully believe that the players (and Sparky) should use speculation in their favour. Adds further strength to the case of WANTING to win!!!
Hughes Da Man
Whats the Vital Blackburn verdict? No smoke without fire or tabloid trash?
merlin
My sentiments exactly HDM - When you posted the original story about the "interest" the other day i was pretty much angered by the idea of it all, but now... Well firstly, it shows that we are now considered worthy of these mind games, which is a compliment in itself. Not only that though - It gives us the perfect incentive to get out there and show them just who the "special one" really is.
Head Rover Heels
Merlin - I'd say it's a story that's borne out of a few factors that mean it cannot be completely dismissed. A) He's stated he wants to manage any clubs he's played for B) The bookies have opened odds for him, to make a bob or two out of the public in this country, who assume he must be better than "any foreign rubbish" C) He really has done phenomenally well for us, and it isn't that far-fetched, particularly. That's as far as it goes for me though - In a year or two it would have been more believable
Head Rover Heels
Ive said it before and im gonna say it again. Any1 who publicly links themself with another team whilst still under contract with a club is a disgrace. Yes, take the opportunity when it comes, when a contract is offered by the so called dream club, but do it in a way which respects your current employer. Whilst i have never Criticised Hughesy, i am extremely dissapointed with him stating publicly his ambitions. Whilst ive said McCarthy, Kishinishvilli can get stuffed, im sorry to say, but Hughes is going to join this list. I will never appreciate some1 who turns there back on the people who have given them the opportunity. To be honest, where was Hughes before. Coaching Wales. No disrespect to Wales, coaching a premier league club is a total different ball game. Blackburn gave Hughes the opportunity, just as we gave McCarthy and Kishinishvilli the opportunity. I think its a shame we are going to lose such talent in such a manner
sasman
If the press' story provakes an angry attack it's done the job hasn't it guys. I can't see Sparky being Chelsea's selection, just yet but he could be down the line. We MUST use this to our advantage, it HAS to fire the guys up and give them even more reason to want ot win!
Hughes Da Man
As I've said before sasman I see what you are saying and can agree. Have ambition and dreams but these should probably be confined to behind closed doors ears. We ALL know these things are being thought but we don't need to keep hearing them. It's a tough one isn't it guys, when people say they WANT to do this and that you get well p**sed off, well I do, if they are saying the would LIKE TO do this and that I still get angry but not as much. Sparky has kept himself open to these attacks by saying he wanted to manage former clubs during his career (maybe he shouldn't have) but in fairness to him I don't think he keeps coming out saying this, its just old news recycled?!?! Do we really want to cut off our nose to spite our face though sasman? WHEN players and managers start expressing a blatant desire to go maybe they should be told to get stuffed, as frustrating as it is when they say they want to do this and that shouldn't we give benefit of the doubt until they demand moves???
Hughes Da Man
You do have a point but still, to express a desire to join another club is a real dissapointment, fulfil your contractual obligations, maybe if he had 6 months left of his contract and he definitly has no future at the club then ***** some names around, but this situation is not one where other clubs should be mentioned
sasman
Hello all... long time no see/hear. How is everyone. I really really hope that Hughes doesnt leave us in the Summer. I cant see it but would be gutted if he did. On a side note I hope we arent distracted by the semi this weekend. Villa is a very winnable game and we should press home home advantage.
MikeyGamst
Welcome back MikeyGamst, you've been up to your "globetrotting" tricks again :) LOL. At the moment most share your view, but the same amount don't even care! I think it is VITAL that we keep Sparky for a while longer, think we will but not 100% certain. Villa certainly is a winnable game, it's a game I do expect us to win. The FA Cup comes next week doesn't it, Villa comes tomorrow, so we MUST focus on that first.
Hughes Da Man
Hughes has done wonders at Rovers so his name will come up with a lot of clubs thats just obvious, I dont think that he's the big name manager that Chelsea would be looking for, not matter wot they say. Chelsea will be looking for Champions Lerague type managers and Hughes has not had this yet, internationally he did well though but the CL is different, thats the one cup that Roman wants so this could be the clincher in Rovers keeping Hughes for a good bit longer
Clint
 

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