Date: 12th November 2007 at 10:51am
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Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes is “very close” to signing a new contract to extend his tenure at Ewood Park.

There has been quite a lot of talk about Hughes, and where he might go next but there has also been a fair degree of talk about a new contract being signed to see him stay with the club a while longer yet, and he has confirmed that new contract (which would run until at least 2010) is “very close” to being agreed.

As reported by Sky Sports Hughes told reporters “There have been discussions about an extension to my contract and we are very close.”

With the match that took place against Manchester United on Sunday (which was lost 2-0) it was inevitable that Sparky would be probed on the potential of taking the job at Old Trafford when Sir Alex Ferguson moves on, and obviously it is something that he would like, he has ambitions to rise to the top so obviously admitted as much.

Hughes added: “I’m enjoying what I’m doing at Blackburn. We are still growing, still progressing. There are still things to be done here, but you never say never.

“As a player I always wanted to be the best I could be and as a manager I’ll try to do the same. How far that ambition will take me we’ll have to wait and see.

“I’m the same as Sir Alex in that it’s a non-stop job. If you put the hard work in you’ll get the rewards out of it
.”

Since taking over as Rovers manager in September 2004 Sparky has transformed us from relegation “dog fighters” (literally) to a superb footballing side that are genuine top six candidates, so it is little wonder the board are so keen to tie him down to a new contract, and it is also little wonder he would want to sign this deal, as he has taken Rovers forward amazingly, but there is still more that he can and will do at Ewood yet!


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11 Replies to “Hughes “Very Close” To New Contract”

  • The sooner this contract is signed the better, personally I feel this could be the last he does sign with Rovers as around 2010 (maybe a little later?!?!) I could see Sir Alex thinking about moving on, but that is for another time, Sparky has a job to do here and he will do it.

  • Thi is good news – give Hughes a good contract and keep him. I for one don’t want other clubs coming and trying to snatch him away.

  • Great news but not that surprising. I mean where else would he go at the moment that would be a step up from Rovers?
    He’s waiting for the United job, and I wont begrudge him if he takes it! He’s worked wonders here.

  • good stuff it would be nice to keep him here for a while yet but it would be great if he stayed here after 2010! i hope he doesnt get the united job when it becomes available selfish but hey i want this guy at our club but you wouldnt begrudge him the move after what he has done at this club!

  • I don’t think that ANYONE would begrudge him the Manure job should he accept it (when it comes up) but fingers crossed we have PLENTY of years yet, carry on Sir Alex!!!

  • Keep going Alex… keep going. I am glad we are sorting this sooner rather than later. Will stop all this ridiculous speculation everytime a job comes free.

  • I think Rovers is a great club for any manager – agreeable board, good set of fans with realistic expectations, good players, excellent facilities, some cash to spend, able to run the club as they see fit – there aren’t many clubs like us in the premier league

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