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Hughes Plays Down Newcastle Links

Hughes Plays Down Newcastle Links

Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes has played down the speculation linking him with Newcastle United.

Since Sam Allardyce was sacked as Newcastle manager on Wednesday unsurprisingly Hughes has been one of the men linked with the position (with Portsmouth's Harry Redknapp the current favourite), however, Hughes has denied ANY contact from Newcastle and he is not expecting it, nor would he appear to welcome it as he is happy at Ewood Park.

Hughes said: "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.

"I have not spoken to anyone from Newcastle, I spoke to my chairman last night and he has had no contact, and I don't think there will be any contact.

"I am in a very strong position here, I have a great relationship with the chairman and the board and that is 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
."

We can't say conclusively that this means he is out of the running for the job, but I think we can say that it's looking promising for us.


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Writer:Walker
Date:Friday January 11 2008
Time: 11:42AM

Comments

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We'll be OKAY dudes, I have NO worries at all and CAN'T see Sparky leaving for Newcastle, this (what he said) helps though doesn't it.
Hughes Da Man
11/01/2008 11:44:00
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He won't go. He has built a good team here. He will have to rebuild, cement and start winning games from the off at Newcastle. He won't have time to do that. He won't be able to play the type of football that the fans desire in order to do that. When he started at Rovers we played the most unattractive football. Gritty, dirty. It could not be described at silky or sexy. However, it got results, and it got us to where we are now. I reckon Newcatle should keep with Pearson till the end of the season, and appoint a new manager then. He will have a good 3 months to build, mould and shape a new team, fit for next season. Newcastle will stay up, due to the fact that there are three worse teams in the premiership.
Decimus Poole
11/01/2008 12:33:00
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Maybe this will be a good thing and make the board open up the purse strings and give sparky some money!!
roverjoy
11/01/2008 13:46:00
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He doesn't need money! Bargain Hunter Hughes...
Decimus Poole
11/01/2008 14:10:00
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No we do need money otherwise were gona get left behind and plunge down the league. He wont go their, its a poisong chalice, nobody can win ***** there.
adrianbrfc
11/01/2008 14:52:00
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usually means goodbye to a manager but you need to hold him he's a fine coach
ozanne park rangers
12/01/2008 05:50:00
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Well Redknapp has said no so brace yourselves guys for the arrogant Geordie approach.
roversman
12/01/2008 11:38:00
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Sorry guys.. I think with Harry saying no they are going throw everythin into Mark hughes.. They offered to double Harrys salary, the use of Ashleys private jet and a £30m kitty.. they are going come looking.. Hopefully Hughesie will stand firm, like Harry did.. I don't think the geordies can buy their way out of this one.. but they are going to have a good go...
Chix
12/01/2008 13:15:00
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They sure will have a go, and do you blame them? Sparky is one of the best managers around, hopefully we can keep him
sasman
12/01/2008 23:52:00
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You'll have to fight to keep him, that's for sure.
Boro 01
13/01/2008 14:21:00
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