Hughes focused on Rovers

14 January 2008 07:25
Mark Hughes has reiterated how happy he is at Blackburn Rovers following increasing speculation linking him with the managerial vacancy at Newcastle United. The Rovers boss watched his current side edge out local rivals Bolton Wanderers on Sunday courtesy of Jason Roberts' late strike before revealing his happiness at Ewood Park. The former Wales boss is rumoured to have been targeted by Newcastle owner Mike Ashley to fill the managerial vacancy created by the departure of Sam Allardyce last week. Hughes has been in charge of Blackburn since September 2004 and has transformed the club from relegation candidates to one capable of securing European football. "I have support from the chairman and the board. That is something you do not give up lightly," said Hughes. "The fact is I have continuity here and a good situation. Things are in place and I am very conscious of that. "All I am trying to do is my job to the best of my ability with the help of my staff. "I am not into self-promotion but speculation has surrounded me in the past. "But I am still Blackburn manager and have a job to do here. "In football you need time and I have been given that. I am proud to be manager of this club."

Source: ESA