Falkirk boss Hughes tipped for English vacancies

Falkirk boss John Hughes is being linked with the Blackpool and Charlton posts after former team-mate Owen Coyle, now Burnley manager, alerted the Championship clubs about him.

Hughes, who has been at Falkirk six years, told the Daily Record: "I never self-promote but I am at the stage where I wake in the morning and ask myself, 'Have I taken Falkirk as far as I possibly can?'

"I've not heard from Blackpool or Charlton and it is only speculation but if the opportunity came to manage either of those clubs I would have to consider it seriously.

"It is flattering that clubs may be interested in you. It might upset one or two Falkirk players but I am honest and ambitious and have earned my stripes but I care deeply about this football club and I have unfinished business here.

"I have never hidden the fact that I have ambitions to manage down south.

"There is a squad of Scottish managers there - Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes, Alex McLeish, Alan Irvine and Owen Coyle - and I'd like to join them.

"It would be the next stage in my development.

"If the chance to do so arose, I don't think the Falkirk supporters would hold it against me.

"I have given them 12 years' service as a player and manager. It would be the exact same situation as when I left to join Celtic.

"In the meantime I still have a job to do here and I will always be indebted to Falkirk for giving me my start in management.

"But you never say never."

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