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Hughes warned over Man City move

Mark Hughes and Dean Saunders
Hughes and Saunders were Wales team-mates for 13 years

Mark Hughes has been warned of a "shock" should the Blackburn Rovers boss become Manchester City manager.

Former Wales team-mate Dean Saunders told Hughes working for controversial City owner Thaksin Shinawatra will be a culture change from Ewood Park.

Shinawatra and previous manager Sven Goran Eriksson parted company despite a ninth place Premier League finish.

Saunders said: "Man City will not be run like Blackburn and Sparky will realise that if he goes there."


Former Wales boss Hughes succeeded Graeme Souness and assistant Saunders at Ewood Park in September 2004 and has impressed.

Hughes has guided Blackburn into Europe twice on a relatively small budget and the 44-year-old Manchester United old boy has been touted as a potential successor to Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.

Mark Hughes
Born: 01/11/1963, Wrexham
Playing career: Man Utd, Barcelona, Bayern Munich (loan), Man Utd, Chelsea, Southampton, Everton, Blackburn.
Wales honours: 72 caps (16 goals)
Management career: Wales, Blackburn

Hughes is also on the shortlist to succeed Avram Grant at Champions League finalists Chelsea.

Grant part company with Chelsea after failing to land any silverware with the club last season.

But Saunders who, alongside Souness, left the sanctuary of Blackburn to take over at Newcastle United says he may be better off staying at Ewood Park.

"I had a shock going to Newcastle," concedes former Wales striker Saunders.

"Graeme took a risk going to Newcastle but you don't realise how well Blackburn is run until you've left.

"Over the last eight or nine years since returning to the Premier League, Blackburn have steadily improved.

"Mark has done well and taken the club into Europe a couple of times by finishing seventh twice.

"But that is because of how it's run and because the chairman and the directors are very stable people.

"Mark will have the same problem at Man City that we had at Newcastle and he'll realise it should he get there."

see also
Chelsea boss - latest gossip
03 Jun 08 |  Chelsea
Hughes set to hold Man City talks
02 Jun 08 |  Blackburn
Eriksson leaves Manchester City
02 Jun 08 |  Man City
Speed backing Hughes for Chelsea
29 May 08 |  Chelsea
Hughes & Mancini on Chelsea list
28 May 08 |  Chelsea
Eriksson remains coy over future
09 May 08 |  Man City
Eriksson to be sacked by Man City
29 Apr 08 |  Man City
Thaksin 'not fit to run Man City'
31 Jul 07 |  Man City
Thaksin completes Man City buyout
06 Jul 07 |  Business
Blackburn appoint Hughes
16 Sep 04 |  Blackburn

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