Derby boss Paul Jewell has rubbished speculation linking him with a move to Blackburn.

Manchester City have been granted permission to hold discussions with current Blackburn chief Mark Hughes with a view to the Welshman succeeding Sven Goran Eriksson.

Hughes' expected Ewood Park exit has seen speculation begin over possible new Blackburn bosses and Jewell- who took over at Pride Park in November last year - has been mentioned among the possible candidates.

However, Jewell has committed his long-term future to Derby by telling the club's official website: "I want to move as quickly as possible to commit to Derby.

"This is a huge club and I have got a massive job to do here. "Although I can't stress enough that this is only media speculation, I think it is important to make my intentions clear so that there are no distractions," added Jewell.

"We are having a fantastic summer in the transfer market so far with six new signings and there are more in the pipeline. "My only focus is Derby County."