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    Posted: 15 September 2004 at 1:27pm
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Blackburn move for Hughes
 
Hughes is a man in demand
Blackburn have made a formal approach for Wales coach Mark Hughes.

The Football Association of Wales general secretary David Collins confirmed that Rovers had made a move for Hughes on Wednesday.

He said: "We will now hold a meeting of senior officers to consider our reaction."

But it remains to be seen whether the 40-year-old would stay in charge for Wales' October World Cup qualifiers against England and Poland.

Hughes' agent Dennis Roach, who revealed the coach's interest in a return to Ewood Park, said he wanted to stay with the Wales for the ties.

Wales face England at Old Trafford on 9 October, and host Poland at the Millennium Stadium four days later.

It is reported Blackburn would be happy to allow Hughes to take control of the games, but the final decision will be taken by a select band of senior FAW officials, led by Collins.

"Mark feels that if a Premier League team came up he would want to take it," Roach told BBC Five Live on Tuesday.

"The relationship with the FAW has been fantastic and I'm sure that would be continued.

MARK HUGHES FACTFILE
1963: Born Wrexham on 1 November
1983: Makes debut for League Cup debut for Man Utd
1984: Scores on debut for Wales against England
1986: Joins Barcelona in a 2.3m deal
1988: Signs again for Man Utd for 1.8m
1989: Awarded PFA Player of the Year.
1990: Wins FA Cup with United after a replay
1993: In the United side that wins inaugural Premiership title
1999: Takes temporary joint-charge of Wales before agreeing to become manager

"If it was agreed, I'm sure it wouldn't be an impossible situation for him to carry on for the last two games.

"Wales don't have any international matches until February which gives them plenty of time to find a replacement if it happens."

Hughes spent two years as a player at Blackburn under manager Graeme Souness, who left the club last week to join Newcastle.

Roach added: "Mark had two great years at Ewood Park as a player so Blackburn is a club which is close to his heart, and therefore this is the kind of job that would interest him."

Hughes would be expected to take coach Mark Bowen with him to Ewood Park.

The former Norwich and West Ham defender has only recently left Birmingham where he was Steve Bruce's first-team coach.

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