Mark Hughes last night refused to rule himself out of the Newcastle United’s management vacancy while Newcastle club sources said that the Welshman features on their shortlist, and in fact was initially Mike Ashley’s first choice.
Mark Hughes – good management record at Blackburn Rovers
The Blackburn Rovers manager is admired by Mike Ashley, Newcastle’s owner, and after his side’s 2-1 win at Bolton yesterday, Mark consistently avoided answering questions about taking over at the Newcastle club.
Ashley insiders are even saying that Mark was Ashley’s first choice to succeed Allardyce before Mikeâ€™s close friend, Paul Kemsley, the former Spurs director, persuaded Mike to go for Portsmouth’s Harry Redknapp. That’s good PR but we donâ€™t believe one word of it.
Apparently the English Billionaire began to admire Mark’s management abilities, when he started visiting Ewood Park, while doing some business work with Lonsdale, Blackburn’s former kit manufacturer and an Ashley company.
When pestered last night about the Newcastle position Mark said:
“That’s a hypothetical question and I don’t answer hypothetical questions. It’s not in my hands; it’s in the chairman’s hands.”
“I’m proud to be Blackburn Rovers’ manager but in football you can never say never.”
Mark has done extremely well in his two previous managerial appointments with the Wales National team and then with Blackburn Rovers.
There is growing evidence this morning that Mark Hughes could even be Newcastle’s manager before Wednesdayâ€™s game against Stoke City, in our 3rd round FA Cup replay. While Mark wouldn’t be an exciting appointment for the club’s fans, he could certainly turn out to be a good one.
For the record Markâ€™s management career at Blackburn since taking over on 5th September, 2004 are as follows
Played Won Lost Drawn 173 78 55 40
That’s a 45% win record. Weâ€™ll just have to stay tuned and see what happens.
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