Mark Hughes reacts to Manchester United interim manager role briefing as Darren Bent gives stunned response to rumors


Mark Hughes has finished talking about himself to land the Manchester United interim manager job.

The hunt for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s successor has started after the Norwegian’s sacking last weekend and talkSPORT understands Mauricio Pochettino has been identified as the club’s main managerial target.

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Hughes is unemployed but will not return to Old Trafford as interim boss

Hughes spent seven years at Man United and made nearly 400 appearances for the Red Devils

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Hughes spent seven years at Man United and made nearly 400 appearances for the Red Devils

Michael Carrick has temporarily taken the reins, with a Champions League trip to Villarreal on Tuesday night – live on talkSPORT 2 from 5:45 p.m.

Hughes has extensive management experience having managed 466 games in the England top flight, but has not worked since leaving Southampton in 2018.

He has managed several Premier League teams including Manchester City, Queens Park Rangers and Stoke.

However, after Sun reporter Neil Custis mentioned his name in a previous interview, the Welshman admitted he had yet to be contacted by his friends at Old Trafford and canceled his chances of taking the job. short-term relief.

« Well, there are a lot of people who have my phone number at United and I haven’t had a call yet, so let’s put this one to bed I think! » He told talkSPORT Breakfast Tuesday morning.

Hughes has managed Southampton, Stoke, QPR, Fulham, Manchester City and Blackburn in the Premier League

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Hughes has managed Southampton, Stoke, QPR, Fulham, Manchester City and Blackburn in the Premier League

Asked about his search for a new management job, the 58-year-old added: “I have been available for a long time.

“It’s whether or not people think I’m right about a number of roles that have come up recently.

“I’m still an interim professional football coach, so if anyone wants a little experience and my knowledge of the game, I’m here and available. « 

Darren Bent was stunned in the talkSPORT studio when Custis suggested Hughes as a good short-term fix on the air.

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Bent couldn't believe Hughes name had been thrown in the hat

Bent couldn’t believe Hughes name had been thrown in the hat

Hughes believes his former club didn’t expect to be forced into the post so early in the new campaign.

Asked if he had been surprised by the club’s lack of planning, he added: “I think it surprised the club how bad they have been in terms of performance this season.

“They didn’t expect to have to make a change so soon. Obviously, this was applied as a result of Watford’s performance.

“I think they thought they could overcome the international break and come back strong, regroup and get back on track.

“But that clearly didn’t happen against Watford and the news around the club and Ole got too strong and something had to give way. « 

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