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Mark Hughes OBE

 

Mark Hughes was born on 1st November 1963 in Wrexham, Wales.

He was appointed Manchester City Manager on June 4, 2008, just two days after the parting by mutual consent of the Club and Sven-Goran Eriksson.

Hughes, won 72 international caps for Wales, played for clubs including Barcelona, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Chelsea in a glittering career before cutting his managerial teeth as the national coach of Wales, where Hughes led Wales on a record breaking 10 match unbeaten run between 2001 and 2003, which included home wins over Italy and Germany.

He then came close to taking the Welsh to the Euro 2004 tournament which would have ended a 46-year wait for Wales to qualify for the finals of a major international tournament. Unfortunately Russia proved a bridge too far in the playoffs and following defeat over two-legs Hughes ended his five year reign shortly after to take over as manager of Blackburn Rovers.

At Ewood Park Hughes quickly set about the task of turning Blackburn around again. He steered Rovers to the safety of 15th place during his first season, then an impresssive leap to sixth and UEFA Cup football the following season. A 10th placed finish in 2006/07 again brought European football via the Intertoto Cup and in the season just gone Blackburn finished seventh in the table - missing out on a European place on the final day of the season.

During his lengthy footballing career on and off the pitch, Mark has been awarded both an MBE (in 1998) and an OBE (2004) for his services to football.

 

Collectables Signed By Mark Hughes OBE