No one is ready to have the Newcastle albatross wound round his neck. Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp has already confirmed his firm disinclination to take charge of the club that has a history of sacking mangers as if that were like firing bullets in a battlefield and now Mark Hughes too appears to have coyly subtracted himself from the equation.
The former Wales coach told Sky Sports:
I have the 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 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.
Well, nothing new. In fact, managers do mouth such lofty ideals of loyalty just before they jump ship. Anyway let us watch whether Mr Hughes does indeed remain true to Blackburn or not.