Hughton rejects Wolves link

Birmingham boss focused on job at St Andrew's

Chris Hughton: Flattered to be linked with Wolves but is desperate to finish the job at Birmingham

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Birmingham City manager Chris Hughton has dismissed speculation that he is a contender to take charge at local rivals Wolves.

Mick McCarthy's sacking earlier this week has left Wolves searching for a new boss capable of keeping the club in the Premier League this season.

Hughton had been mooted as an outside for the Molineux vacancy after previously impressing at Newcastle United before becoming Birmingham boss last summer.

He has done a stirring job since taking over at St Andrew's, with the Blues unbeaten at home in the Championship this season as they push for promotion back to the top flight.

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As far as Hughton is concerned, though, he believes he has a job to finish with Birmingham, rather than any thoughts of taking on a new one at Wolves.

"I have a very challenging job to do here and I've got a group of lads who are desperate to do well this season and I'm desperate to guide them through."

Chris Hughton

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Asked about the speculation linking him with Wolves, Hughton said: "Anything like that is always very flattering.

"On the television I saw three names mentioned, so I presume that's where it's going and I just hope they pick the right person.

"I have a very challenging job to do here and I've got a group of lads who are desperate to do well this season and I'm desperate to guide them through."

Pressed on whether he was ruling himself out, Hughton told the Birmingham Mail: "I'm desperate to guide this group of players out to the end, yes."

Sky Sports sources understand, meanwhile, that Alan Curbishley, Steve Bruce and Neil Warnock are the three leading candidates to succeed McCarthy.