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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