Hughes cools Magpies link

11 January 2008 11:27
Blackburn Rovers boss Mark Hughes has distanced himself from the vacant managerial hot-seat at Newcastle United. The 44-year-old Welshman has been mentioned as a possible replacement for former Magpies boss Sam Allardyce in the challenging post at St James' Park. But Hughes, who has been in charge of Rovers since September 2004 and has been widely credited with revitalising the fortunes of the Ewood Park club, has played down reports linking him with a move to Tyneside. "There's always speculation when any big job comes up. I seem to be talked about in good terms and I'm appreciative of that but it's just recognition of the work myself and my staff do here," said the former Wales coach. "I haven't spoken to anyone from Newcastle. I spoke to my chairman last night and he's had no contact, and I don't think there will be any contact. "I'm in a very strong position here, I have a great relationship with the chairman and the board and that's really important. "When managers have that relationship it's a big decision to forego that as the relationship is the key to whether we can be successful." Meanwhile, Hughes has revealed his surprise at the speed of Allardyce's departure after just eight months into the Newcastle job. "I think it surprised everyone given the length of tenure of Sam's appointment," he continued. "It was not anywhere near long enough in my view to enable him to be successful. "There is a lot of pressure and expectation with a number of Premier League jobs and certainly Sam paid the price. "But he's a proven Premier League manager and I am sure a lot of chairmen will be keeping an eye on what will happen to him in the future."

Source: ESA

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