The former QPR and Manchester City boss has been described as a flop since his QPR tenure went awry. But could he achieve similar success at Blackburn as he did during his previous tenure at Ewood Park?
Things seem to be going from bad to worse to catastrophic at Blackburn Rovers this season. It is becoming increasingly clear that the owners of the club, Venky’s, have absolutely no idea how to run a successful football club.
From the early promise of a move to try and sign Ronaldinho to today’s palaver and revolving door of unsuccessful and under qualified managers Rovers now find themselves in a genuine battle for survival from The Championship.
While the sacking of Michael Appleton is one bit of embarrassing news from the club this week the fact they are also likely to be forced by a High Court to pay former manager Henning Berg £2 million they owe him after his contract was terminated at the club after 56 days.
The fact is Venkys have so far appointed managers such as Steve Kean, Henning Berg and Michael Appleton to do a job that is quite simply above their standard of managerial practice; in fact who would have thought Blackburn fans would be considering Steve Kean as the best manager they have had from the three.
So it leaves the question … who replaces Appleton?
Big names are sure to be linked but Blackburn fans had their own views on Twitter the day of Appleton’s guillotine like extraction from Ewood Park; with one name in particular cropping up more than once.
That name was Mark Hughes.
When Hughes was manager at Ewood Park Blackburn certainly enjoyed success. It came off the back of his successful tenure at the helm of the Welsh management job and that momentum carried on.
He took them to the FA Cup semi-finals three seasons in a row and finished in the top six; thus earning a place in the UEFA Cup.
He brought in players such as Benni McCarthy, David Bentley, Ryan Nelsen, Chris Samba and Roque Santa Cruz for cut-price deals; all of whom went on to be massive achievers at the club.
Based on his management career up until 2008 it would be fantastic for Rovers to have him back but since then things have gone sour.
There was his doomed-to-fail tenure at Manchester City. He signed the likes of Pablo Zabaleta and Vincent Kompany before being replaced by Roberto Mancini in 2009.
Hughes was at Fulham for one season before surprisingly walking away before his forgettable time at QPR; where some of his managerial limitations were finally exposed.
So the question remains … is Mark Hughes really the man to save Blackburn Rovers?
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