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Hughes hard to replace - Garner

Simon Garner
Garner spent 14 years at Ewood Park

Former Blackburn striker Simon Garner believes Mark Hughes' successor will have a hard act to follow.

The Rovers boss joined Premier League rivals Manchester City on Wednesday after nearly four years at Ewood Park.

"I am really disappointed for the football club," Garner explained to BBC Radio Lancashire.

"I wish Mark Hughes all the best in the future, the job he has done at Blackburn is tremendous. But now he is pushing on to better things."

I don't think Sam Allardyce is the right man to take the club forward

Blackburn legend Simon Garner
Former Newcastle and Bolton manager Sam Allardyce has been installed as favourite by a number of bookmakers to replace Hughes at Ewood Park.

Steve McClaren, out of a job since leaving his role as England head coach in November 2007, is also believed to be in the running.

"I don't think Sam Allardyce is the right man to take the club forward," said 48-year-old Garner.

"No disrespect to Sam, he did a great job at Bolton, but I don't think his style of football is what the Blackburn fans want to see. I wouldn't want to watch it week in, week out.

"Steve McClaren is still getting over the England fiasco. Is he the right man? Well, I don't know.

"At club level he might be a good manager, but the way he left England makes me think he is not the man to go for."

But Garner still feels Blackburn is an attractive prospect for Hughes' successor.

"If Rovers expand their net to get their man they may have to approach someone already under contract," said Garner.

"They may have to use some of the compensation money they have picked up for Mark Hughes from Manchester City to entice another manager out of his contract if he is already at a club."

He also feels the appointment is very important for the club's long-term future.

"Blackburn are in the same position as many clubs in the Premier League because they haven't got a lot of money to spend, and to follow Mark Hughes' prudent spending is a big ask. The board will be under big pressure to back whoever comes in," added Blackburn's all-time leading scorer.

"Do you go for an experienced man or do you take a chance with a lower league manager like Paul Ince? If you appoint Paul Ince he would need to bring in someone with experience at the same time to work alongside him.

"We've seen it time and time again when a big manager leaves a club that they seem to struggle the season after.

I wish whoever takes over the very best and good luck because believe me, following on from Mark Hughes is a big ask

Simon Garner
"I really hope this doesn't happen to Blackburn. It's a massive job to take on, priority next season is firstly survival and I don't want to see the momentum built up over the past few years come to a grinding halt."

The prospect of a major player exodus is also a concern for the Boston-born Ewood Park legend.

"There's already talk of [David] Bentley and Roque Santa Cruz following him out of the club," said Garner.

"And Stephen Warnock also said he's not happy after signing a new four-year deal, that always happens when a manager leaves.

"I wish whoever takes over the very best and good luck because believe me, following on from Mark Hughes is a big ask."

see also
Hughes becomes Man City manager
04 Jun 08 |  Man City
Why Man City turned to Hughes
04 Jun 08 |  Man City
Hughes links no surprise - Nelsen
03 Jun 08 |  Blackburn
I want Hughes to stay - Warnock
02 Jun 08 |  Blackburn

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