When they finally pulled the trigger, it came as a relief – finally things could move forward at Eastlands and the preparations for next season could begin. The new manager might even be able to keep Dunne onside, although that depends a lot on who the new manager is and for how long Shinawatra would be willing to back him.
And that thought will be hanging over anyone talking about taking over as City manager, as Mark Hughes now seems interested in doing. In fact, if the Blackburn statement is to be believed (and there’s no reason not to believe it), Hughes wanted to talk to them himself, which suggests a few things to me:
1) Hughes feels he’s taken Blackburn as far as he can with the money available to him.
2) This is the first serious offer Hughes has received – the Chelsea / Tottenham links were just trashy tabloid fodder.
3) City will offer him a lot more money than Blackburn would, not only in wages but also for transfer fees. With his eye for bargains, it’ll be interesting to see what Hughes can do with more money.
If it hadn’t been for the way Eriksson was undermined by the owner (he wouldn’t have taken City into the Champions League though), this would be the perfect step-up for Hughes – more money and a club with realistic ambitions of consistently challenging for the top 6 and maybe, just maybe, a shot at the top 4 if one of the big four slip up. It’s more than Blackburn would offer and more than anything else Hughes has on the table at the moment.
The history (United) will not matter as much once Hughes starts winning games – and he will sooner than later. As long as he’s there for a few years, Hughes should have a great positive impact on City.
But is it the best move for him, or should he wait another season for a better offer or go abroad?
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