Mark Hughes, fresh off reports that he wants to gets back into management thanks to the “CV that I’ve got”, has subtly thrown his hat in the ring for being the eventual successor Steve Bruce at Newcastle United.
I can’t imagine there are many fans out there watching this interview and praising Hughes’s words as revolutionary and insightful.
In a normal world, where Newcastle is allowed to exist with hope and competition, then Mark Hughes appearing on BBC Football Focus and claiming that “the expectation is way above where it needs to be” would mean that he would never be considered for any kind of role at the club.
However, we live in a world where our owner rubs his grubby hands at the prospect of a manager who strives for mediocrity. So, say hello to the front runner and probable next manager of Newcastle United.
A few days after being named one of the bookies favourites to replace Bruce, here’s what he had to say over the weekend:
I’ve discussed previously how I believed Mark Hughes could be someone who Mike Ashley could turn to, so I can’t pretend that I’m too surprised about Hughes buttering up the owner for a potential hiring.
In Mike Ashley’s world, this makes perfect sense. Hughes is a dinosaur, British manager who wouldn’t question his boss on decisions because, quite simply, he’d be lucky to have the job and he knows it.
I do believe that Hughes would probably do a better job than Bruce with the team we have but I must say that I only think this because the bar has been set incredibly low.
In the world of dinosaur managers, Hughes probably has few more teeth than the utterly gummy ammonite that is Steve Bruce.
If Mark Hughes were to take over from Steve Bruce this season then, depending on the number of games left, I think he would save us from relegation through a combination of new manager boost and the actual semblance of some organisation.
After that, I’m pretty sure we’d see ourselves sliding back into disappointment and condescending opinions from pundits (something I remember happening with Southampton fans and Robbie Savage).
Truly, the only way that we’re going to escape this nightmare merry-go-round of neglect is with Mike Ashley leaving the club and I hope every day that it will be sooner rather than later.