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The Miracle Worker Of Ewood Park

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So the miracle worker of Ewood Park has left for pastures new, leaving behind a squad and club in general which is much stronger than when he took over in September 2004.

Fans are disappointed and angry that he has left to go to Manchester City but this is the right time to look at the legacy that he has left behind and to be appreciative for four wonderful years. Casting thoughts back to September 2004, Rovers were struggling and had a squad which was one dimensional, unfit, had infighting, ageing and staring at a season of hard struggle and probable relegation. After coming in and taking time to settle down he produced a team which fought and scrapped it's way out of trouble. Rovers were labelled bully boys and condemned throughout the land, however for the fans they were heros because they showed pride and passion when putting on the famous blue and white halves.

The next three seasons saw a transformation in the way the team played and performed. It is to Hughes's eternal credit that he was able to take those fighting qualities of the first season and combine them with technical football which entertained and enthralled fans and pundits alike, although the written media never really gave him the credit that he deserved for this.

Hughes was also able to achieve 3 consecutive top 10 finishes, 2 FA Cup semi-finals and a League Cup semi final which is all the more amazing on the shoe string transfer budget that he has had at is disposal, bringing in bargains such as Benni McCarthy (£2m), Ryan Nelsen (free), Stephen Warnock (£1.5m), Roque Santa Cruz (£3.5m), and Christopher Samba (£400k) to name a few.

It was inevitable he would go and while is eventually destination is somewhat of a surprise we should never ever forget the massive contribution that he and his team have made to Blackburn Rovers. He leaves behind a squad of players which can continue to do well for the club and a structure which is stronger to what he inherited. We should also have faith in John Williams and the board who got the last 2 appointments right and will ensure that the job is given to the man that is right for Rovers and continue the good work of Hughes.

Thank you Sparky for all the memories.

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