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Hughes' Anger At Reid's Call-up

Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes has made no secret at his disapproval of Don Givens' International recall of midfielder Steven Reid.

After 14-months out with back and knee injuries Reid is gradually working his way back to full fitness, but has not played a competitive match in this time, only a few reserve fixtures recently (coming through the full 90 minutes of his most recent outing) so his recall to the Republic of Ireland squad (by caretaker manager Givens) was at best surprising.

Hughes is not pleased at all with his International recall, as he could be nowhere near ready for this so he is to meeting with the Football Association of Ireland to discuss the matter, although he is wanting to have him withdrawn from the squad, which could leave to a club v country row?

Hughes told the Lancashire Telegraph. "There's no way Steven can play because he's just not ready yet.

"The guy has been out for 14 months with two different injuries and he has yet to play a first team game for us, so there's no way he can play for his country

Reidy himself expressed his surprise at the recall, and seems to doubt his condition to be able to play in such a match.

Reidy said: "I was a bit surprised, to be honest. I've not heard from Don at all so it was a big surprise, but a nice surprise.

"Whether I'm up to European qualifying shape at the minute, I don't know.

"But I was delighted to be in it all the same, and it's things like that that make you start to feel you are getting back

As far as Reidy's Rovers return goes Sparky is refusing to set any targets for a return date, he is just pleased to have him on the right track to be able to return soon, but insists he will not be rushed.

Hughes added: "I don't want to set Steven specific targets because if he doesn't hit them, it seems like a setback.

"He's making good progress and you can see that he's getting stronger with every game he plays, but he probably needs another couple of matches yet before we can start thinking about throwing him back in.

"You can't rush people back when they've been out for as long as Steven has


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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 8 2007

Time: 10:43AM

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Sparky is right isn't he, surely even most Irish fans can see this too?!?!
I know Rovers fans will want what is best for Rovers, but surely giving this International a miss is best for everyone?
Hughes Da Man
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08/11/2007 10:45:00

What a shocker... Reid is not ready forclub football yet and he is being risked for an Eire game which will have no impact on whether they qualify or not... I'm with Hughes (as usual on this one.)
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08/11/2007 11:00:00

Hughes is quite honest with the national managers, he didn't want Tugay to play again for Turkey but didn't stop him. Hughes knows that Reid isn't ready and the Irish FA should accept that. Surely it would be bad for them to take a player who is not match fit?
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08/11/2007 12:31:00

ps. Hughes is nearly always right! And on this I can't see how anyone could disagree
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08/11/2007 12:32:00

as ive said we know what reid is all about no need for him to be there until he is match fit-*****in don givens and poxy john delaney *****ers always wreckin irish footabll!
durks de rover
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08/11/2007 12:53:00

*supposed to say football but they wreck the footabll too lol
durks de rover
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08/11/2007 12:58:00

Ireland can't even qualify now, can they? Are they just finishing off their games? Why take the risk with a player who has had so many long term injuries?
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08/11/2007 13:06:00

yeah germany and the czech republic have gone through from our group so we are just playin for position although there is all this talk of seedin for the world cup draw(higher position in this group means you could avoid one of the big teams for world cup qualification) which i think is silly to be honest!
durks de rover
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08/11/2007 13:10:00

Hughes is correct. It is odd, that they pick a player who hasn't played for 14 months, instead of blooding some young talent, which would have been my first choice if I was in charge (and we all knwo my managing pedigree...Got Sunderland promoted to the Premiership on Footie Manager, not started to well though...)
Decimus Poole
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08/11/2007 13:29:00

Very strange indeed, why not pick some youngster and give them ago. They havent qualified anyway.
will it ever happen
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08/11/2007 13:51:00

decimus you should apply for the ireland job you might just get it in fact i think with your footie manager background you might just be over qualified for the job but as always the FAI will provide you with thirty minutes trainin on the PS2 on FIFA05 just in case!
durks de rover
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08/11/2007 13:55:00

I won the league with Rotherham! Can I apply for the Ireland job?!
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08/11/2007 14:08:00

(Premier League that is!)
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08/11/2007 14:09:00

Absolutely ridiculous. Ireland in trouble and looking for a quick solution. Reid hasn't played for his club in over a year!! What kind of a nutter calls him up for international duty when he hasn't even made his club come back???
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08/11/2007 18:09:00

Yes you can freidel no.1.... winning the league with Rotherham is a must for the Rep of Ireland job!!!! lol
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08/11/2007 23:48:00

Thanks Mikey, I'll put u down as a reference!
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09/11/2007 11:16:00

well freidelno1 make sure you know the offside rule aswell its compulsory!
durks de rover
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09/11/2007 11:48:00

and reid has pulled out anyway happened last night apparently thank god for that!
durks de rover
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09/11/2007 11:50:00

NOt for the Ireland managers job its not durks lol... Nonda never learned it so why should freidelno1.????
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09/11/2007 12:31:00

Nice one Sparky for leaning on the Irish FA!
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09/11/2007 17:06:00

Surely if Reid wants to pull out he can do? I am sure Balckburn would have a good case if he's not playing first team football.
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11/11/2007 10:29:00

Its happened guys, hes pulled out.... still it was a good lift for Reidy to be remembered so quickly!!!
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11/11/2007 14:01:00

Yeah it certainly was dude, it shows how important the feel he is to them, but it was stupid selecting him so soon. Hopefully by the time they next play he should (touch wood) be OK.
Hughes Da Man
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12/11/2007 11:02:00

Mikey - Nonda should have exempt from the offside rule as he needed the headstart on defenders!
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12/11/2007 13:40:00

Ouch, those claws are sharp dude :) I bet Nonda felt them lol!
Hughes Da Man
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12/11/2007 19:13:00

I liked him - he just couldn't run fast!
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13/11/2007 12:36:00


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