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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jan, 13, 2008

Happy Hughes insists he does not want to rove

Mark Hughes has reiterated he is happy at Blackburn following mounting speculation linking him with the vacant Newcastle manager's job. The former Wales boss would appear to be in pole position after Harry Redknapp rejected the chance of succeeding Sam Allardyce. However Hughes appeared to distance himself from a new job after the 2-1 victory against Bolton at the Reebok Stadium following a late winner from substitute Jason Roberts. Hughes said: 'I have support from the chairman (John Williams) and the board. That is something you do not give up lightly. 'The fact is I have continuity here and a good situation. Things are in place and I am very conscious of that. 'All I am trying to do is my job to the best of my ability with the help of my staff. 'I am not into self-promotion but speculation has surrounded me in the past. 'But I am still Blackburn manager and have a job to do here. 'In football you need time and I have been given that. I am proud to be manager of this club.'

Hughes was delighted by the way his team stormed back after going behind to a superb strike from Kevin Nolan after 43 minutes. Christopher Samba headed home to equalise 10 minutes later and Roberts put the seal on a fine performance by scoring the winner by muscling his way through. Hughes said: 'We are right back in the mix for a place in Europe. Our away form is very good at the moment. 'There was great determination from us in the second half and we really deserved to get back on level terms. 'Hopefully we have had our little blip and that other teams around us will have a spell like that. 'Historically we are always stronger in the second half of the season and now we are out of all cup competitions we can really focus on the league games ahead of us.'' Bolton are still in danger of relegation and manager Gary Megson conceded his side had been below par. He said: 'Blackburn's equaliser was not acceptable at any level, never mind Premier League level. 'But we then struggled to handle Jason's pace and power when he was introduced. 'We ran out of steam and the way we defended was a disappointment. We should have done better.'

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