Warnock hopes Hughes stays
Rovers full-back wants boss to remain at Ewood Park
By Chris Burton. Last Updated: June 3, 2008 10:15am
Warnock: England international
Stephen Warnock is hoping that Mark Hughes will choose to stay with Blackburn.
The Rovers boss is set to hold discussions with Premier League rivals Manchester City with regards to the vacant managerial post at Eastlands, while he is also believed to be on a two-man shortlist at Chelsea.
Despite the speculation regarding his future, the Ewood Park faithful have made it clear that they want the Welshman to stay while his players have also voiced their support.
Warnock, who recently signed a new four-year deal with Rovers, admits that one of the reasons why he was prepared to commit his future to the club was the opportunity to continue working with Hughes.
"I signed a new contract under the impression that Mark's going to be our manager," Warnock told Radio Lancashire.
"It's not that I don't enjoy the club itself but he was the reason I came.
"I wanted to play for him. I respected him as a player and I respect what he's doing as a manager.
"Fingers crossed he'll stay but obviously if he's given permission to speak to another club then you just never know what can happen."
While Warnock will be hoping for good news in regards to the managerial situation at Rovers, it has been confirmed that he will receive an England cap following his substitute appearance against Trinidad & Tobago on Sunday.
The full-back was the seventh change made by Fabio Capello during the friendly encounter and there had been suggestions that he would miss out on a cap as Fifa regulations only normally allow six substitutions.
However, special dispensation was granted for the contest in the Port of Spain and FA director of communications Adrian Bevington confirmed that Warnock's appearance will be recognised.
"There has been a rumour going around that Stephen Warnock will not receive a cap because he was the seventh substitute used by Fabio Capello," he said.
"This is not true. He will. It was all agreed before the game."