In order to rebuild his reputation and prove his managerial credentials once again, Mark Hughes should be prepared to take a job in the Championship.
The Welshman is never linked with Championship clubs. Why is this?
He doesn't deserve to walk into another Premier League club.
Now I'm not saying that Hughes isn't a good manager and this isn't me bashing him; he is a legend and was a quality player.
But look at his record: with the Welsh team he never got them to qualify for a major tournament, yet his time there was considered a success. Now, I know Wales haven't come close since, but they no longer have the quality of player that Hughes had in his ranks.
Then at Blackburn, where he enjoyed his successful tenure by leading the club to a FA Cup semi-final for the first time in over 40 years.
The Welshman brought some quality players to Blackburn such as David Bentley, Chris Samba and Roque Santa Cruz. One thing about Hughes' Blackburn side was that they were quite a dirty team, finishing bottom of the disciplinary table in all four of his seasons in charge.
Hughes then moved to Manchester City, who regarded him as their first choice, for reasons I am not too sure about - even though there was a lot of positive press around him at the time.
Hughes' win percentage at Blackburn was 43.62%. But he did make a big signing in the scheme of things: Vincent Kompany, who has gone on to be one of City's best players and their captain. Now, in my eyes, Hughes wasn't a success, although in his first season they got to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup but only finished 10th in the league.
While in his first season, the Abu Dhabi investment group took control of the club and that meant Hughes had money to spend. Then in his second season they started brightly but went on a run of seven draws, which cost Hughes his job and he was sacked in December.
Hughes then took over from Roy Hodgson at Fulham in July 2010 after Hodgson went to Liverpool. At Craven Cottage he turned them into draw specialists: 86% of his last 15 games were draws. At the end of the season Hughes quit as manager and it was speculated that he was going for the Aston Villa job. Hughes ended his time at Fulham with a win percentage of 32.56%, which isn't great.
Hughes then took the job at Queens Park Rangers and he managed to keep them up on the last day of the season, despite losing 3-2 to Man City. Then at the start of the 2012/13 campaign, they went on to endure their worst start to a Premier League season, going 12 games without a win, and then he was sacked and replaced by Harry Redknapp. His win percentage at QPR was 23.53%.
In order to restore people's faith in him as a manager, I believe he must drop down into the Championship and get a team promoted to the Premier League.
But I think he is too stubborn to take a job, and I don't think he would be able to get a team up as he can't do it on a shoe-string budget.
He has had money at every team he has been at, that's why I think it would be so interesting.
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