Mark Hughes

Tuesday, 08 January 2013

Who will be the next Blackburn Rovers manager?

So who wants to be next into the Blackburn Rovers hot seat? Which manager wants to operate with global adviser Shebby Singh in the background and Venkys based in India and seemingly detached from the day to day realities of the Premier League. Well actually quite a lot of managers would take the ro...


Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A more civilised way to talk about football perhaps, but it all comes down to Rooney’s gash in the end

Any long time readers of this column will be acutely aware of my ill feelings towards the current football malaise we reside in: the international break. A fortnight long forced abstinence of domestic football with only a scattered group of international fixtures to keep us going. Mercifully...


Tuesday, 04 September 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Harry has a new game as Redknapp makes his Match Of The Day bow

All in all, it’s fair to say that the summer of 2012 will be looked back on with a great deal of fondness by the vast majority. Sure the weather failed to resemble anything remotely “summery”, and we may of had to put up with the usual bunch of sycophantic ne’er-do-wells in the Big Brother h...


Sunday, 05 August 2012

QPR: Ambition to deliver: Hughes out to prove he is no “flop”

When Mark Hughes resigned as Fulham manager in June 2011, citing the club’s lack of ambition as the primary reason behind his decision, Fulham owner Mohamed Al-Fayed was baffled, branding Hughes a “strange man” and a “flop”. The fact that Hughes resigned after guiding Fulham to an eighth place fi...


Tuesday, 05 June 2012

QPR: Is Joey Barton finished?

It seems an absolute age now, but just three short weeks ago we were all digesting the seismic events of the final day of the Premier League season. The biggest story being Manchester City of course, snatching the sweetest of victories from certain defeat against QPR to clinch their first league tit...


Tuesday, 06 March 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: QPR’s cautionary tale of success, greed and sweaty men is a real winner for the BBC

In every avenue of the vast road map of life, there have been distinguished comedy legends. The political world has Boris Johnson, Gordon Brown and Margaret Thatcher; in the music fraternity we have all had a good giggle at Keith Richards and Gareth Gates; and let’s not forget Jordan… she doesn’t re...


Tuesday, 08 November 2011

Outside the Box – Football on TV: ITV begin to repay their debt with a feast of Man City delights

It’s the 12th June 2010. Seven thirty-four on a warm summer’s evening. My friends and I are huddled around my television, just as a million more expectant eyes are doing at the same moment up and down the nation. Then pffft … nothing. A moment’s darkness was followed by some guff about Hyundai cars ...


Monday, 11 July 2011

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Do you live, breathe and sleep football? Do you have a passion for writing and want your views to be read by a potential audience of millions? Then we at Squarefootball Towers would love to hear from you. Whether you follow Aberdeen or Accrington Stanley, West Ham United or Wolfsburg, we can offer ...


Sunday, 14 November 2010

Mancini leads the way in the Premier League sack race

Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp was livid after his side’s midweek draw with Sunderland. However, it had nothing to do with the lack of commitment or effort from his players ‑ he thought they were terrific ‑ it was the fans’ decision to boo them off that enraged the Spurs chief so much. And yo...


Sunday, 01 August 2010

Fulham: Can Sparky fill Hodgson’s boots?

There are some real tough jobs in this world – being the hair stylist to those annoying X Factor brats Jedward is one of them – but replacing Roy Hodgson in the dugout at Fulham is undoubtedly right up there. The former Switzerland international coach took Fulham from the brink of relegation to a ...


Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Mark Hughes: Pressure Will Grow..

On the surface Mark Hughes seems to be revelling in the transfer market this summer. It must feel like monopoly money between his fingertips, a kid in a sweet shop. Under the surface though he must be quietly contemplating the pressure he will confront. Quite possibly this is the most important six ...


Monday, 12 January 2009

Chelsea - Jan 2009 Transfer Window Week Two

After Sunday’s abysmal performance against Manchester United, Chelsea look as if they need a shot in the arm. A team once so strong look fragile and bereft of ideas. Scolari’s post match interview did little to inspire, he looked like a man that has accepted his team may not challenge for the title ...


Wednesday, 04 June 2008

Who will replace Hughes at Ewood Park?

I'm sure everyone connected with Blackburn Rovers will be disappointed to lose Mark Hughes but I think it's more or a case of farewell than good riddance. After all, under Sparky they reached FA Cup and League Cup semi-finals, achieved a top six finish and took them into Europe twice. Not bad consid...


Monday, 02 June 2008

City should hurry, Mark Hughes has itchy feet

There has been some disbelieving reaction to the news that Mark Hughes has asked Blackburn Rovers for permission to speak to Manchester City about their vacant managers position. Vacant since this morning when Sven Goran Eriksson was finally released several weeks after the inevitability of his sac...


Who will replace Sven at City?

After weeks of specualtion, football's worst kept secret is finally out - Sven-Goran Eriksson has left Manchester City. Despite leading City to their most successful season in the top flight in years, Dr Thaksin Shinawatra has shown the former England boss the door after just one year at the helm....


Thursday, 29 May 2008

Is Chelsea 2008 the right place for Mark Hughes?

Mark Hughes' managerial career to date has been one of uninterrupted improvement since he was installed as a Welsh coach in 1999. After five years where he moved Wales up dozens of places in the world rankings, Wales were eliminated from Euro 2004 by a narrow margin in the play-offs by Russia after ...



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