Mark Hughes refused to comment on the possibility of him being interested in the Newcastle manager job yesterday.
Mark Hughes – Blackburn boss refused comment on Newcastle vacancy
However, it appears that Blackburn manager has not ruled himself out of the running for the Newcastle United manager job.
Hughes is still surprisingly the bookies’ favorite to succeed Sam Allardyce at Newcastle now that Harry Redknapp is not interested.
Hughes refused to answer repeated question about his future – before Blackburn’s narrow 2-1 win at Bolton. He kept saying he wanted to focus on the job at Blackburn.
Mark Hughes told Sky Sports:
“There is a lot of speculation which has been going on for quite some time but my focus today is obviously to get a result for Blackburn Rovers as it always is come match days.”
“So really, I don’t really want to be talking about speculation that has nothing to do with me. It’s a case of getting the lads focused and that is what we are trying to do.”
Asked again about the Newcastle job again after the game, Mark said:
“You keep on trying to draw the speculation out of me.â€“It’s got nothing to do with me – as a professional football manager then speculation surrounds each and everyone of us when a vacancy comes up. â€œ
“But all I can do is work extremely hard like I have always done at Blackburn Rovers.”
It appears that Mark is still in the frame for the Newcastle United job but we see little difference between Mark and Big Sam. Both did well to make Lancashire clubs into European qualifiers with limited funds, and are good at spotting players in Europe.
But neither has the experience of managing a team like Newcastle, where the stakes are higher and the pressure a lot greater.
We do expect a manager to be appointed before Wednesday’s game against Soke City – we’ll just have to wait see who beaks out of the pack in the next 48 hours – as the potential next manager at the Tyneside club.