Date:Monday November 12 2007
Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes is "very close" to signing a new contract to extend his tenure at Ewood Park.
There has been quite a lot of talk about Hughes, and where he might go next but there has also been a fair degree of talk about a new contract being signed to see him stay with the club a while longer yet, and he has confirmed that new contract (which would run until at least 2010) is "very close" to being agreed.
As reported by Sky Sports Hughes told reporters "There have been discussions about an extension to my contract and we are very close."
With the match that took place against Manchester United on Sunday (which was lost 2-0) it was inevitable that Sparky would be probed on the potential of taking the job at Old Trafford when Sir Alex Ferguson moves on, and obviously it is something that he would like, he has ambitions to rise to the top so obviously admitted as much.
Hughes added: "I'm enjoying what I'm doing at Blackburn. We are still growing, still progressing. There are still things to be done here, but you never say never.
"As a player I always wanted to be the best I could be and as a manager I'll try to do the same. How far that ambition will take me we'll have to wait and see.
"I'm the same as Sir Alex in that it's a non-stop job. If you put the hard work in you'll get the rewards out of it."
Since taking over as Rovers manager in September 2004 Sparky has transformed us from relegation "dog fighters" (literally) to a superb footballing side that are genuine top six candidates, so it is little wonder the board are so keen to tie him down to a new contract, and it is also little wonder he would want to sign this deal, as he has taken Rovers forward amazingly, but there is still more that he can and will do at Ewood yet!
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Date:Monday November 12 2007
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