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Hughes the likely choice to replace Sven

Manchester City were last night trying to agree a compromise with Blackburn Rovers that would allow Mark Hughes to replace the sacked Sven-Goran Eriksson as their manager. Hughes will not come cheap, with four members of his coaching staff expected to follow him, but that will not be a problem for a man of Thaksin Shinawatra's wealth and the City owner hopes to conclude the deal before the end of the week.

The club announced they had approached Blackburn yesterday morning, with Blackburn swiftly confirming that they had 'reluctantly' allowed Hughes permission to speak with us.

I would be surprised if matters had progressed this far unless Hughes was certain to agree to take over, yet there is a report in The Times that Hughes may be aiming to flush out an approach from Chelsea by agreeing to speak with us - although I would be surprised if Hughes had unanimous backing from all at Chelsea.

No doubt Hughes would split opinion if he was appointed - with some strong plus points but also some downside about him. I'll save a more in depth look until any appointment is confirmed.

UPDATE: Blackburn have confirmed in a club statement that both clubs have agreed a compensation package for Hughes' potential move, clearing the way for talks between the club and Hughes with a view to him being appointed as the replacement for Sven.

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