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Alarm bells sounding for Everton


Rewind to Boxing Day 1963

Barclays Premier League
By ESPN Staff

Rovers relieved Toon didn't tempt Hughes

Blackburn chairman John Williams admits he is relieved that Newcastle have appointed Kevin Keegan as manager - ending speculation linking the Magpies with Mark Hughes. Rovers boss Hughes was immediately installed as one of the favourites for the position after Sam Allardyce left St James' Park last week. Hughes refused to categorically rule himself out of the running for the job, but he always maintained he was happy at Ewood Park. Williams told the Lancashire Evening Post: 'We're naturally relieved that it's sorted because our manager was continually linked with the post. 'I always felt that he would remain here. He values the continuity that he has and I know he feels we are close to a very good league position at the end of the season. 'We have a strong personal relationship and I never felt that he was likely to go to Newcastle. 'The job's unfinished here and I'm sure that we will continue to make good progress. 'We're having a great season and the future looks good for us.' Former Wales boss Hughes took charge at Rovers in 2004 in succession to Graeme Souness, who coincidentally left the club for Newcastle.