Writer: Mikey Gamst
Date:Friday October 26 2007
Mark Hughes has moved to distance himself from the managerial vacancy at Tottenham.
The Blackburn boss has been installed by bookmakers as second favourite for the role dramatically vacated by Martin Jol on Thursday night.
Hughes, speaking to Sky Sports, said: 'I've seen my name a couple of times linked with it but I just view that as a reflection on the job myself and the staff are doing here, and the players are doing.'
He added: 'My interest is solely in Blackburn Rovers.'
Hughes believes Spurs have already decided on their next manager, with Sevilla boss Juande Ramos reportedly their top target.
'I would suggest any appointment that's to be made is obviously in place,' Hughes said.
Ironically, Blackburn's next game is at White Hart Lane on Sunday, and Hughes acknowledged the speculation was poorly timed from his point of view.
'It's an inconvenience when you're going up against the team that you're supposedly linked with,' he said.
'You can do without that.'
Hughes believes Jol paid the price for Spurs' poor start to the season, which yielded just one Barclays Premier League win from 10 games.
'That's probably at the bottom of the reason why they felt they needed to make a change,' Hughes said.
'We're in a results business and I'm sure that Martin, if he was honest, would be disappointed with the return that they've been able to have given the games that they've played.'
In fairness I am sure Blackburn fans will be relived to hear that Hughes has tried to move specualtion away from himself. I am sure every Blackburn would be gutted if Hughes had left.
He will do one day, but it is unlikely to be soon.
Date:Friday October 26 2007
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