Blackburn boss Hughes: I want Mourinho to stay in English football

Hughes said: “I would like to see Jose stay in English football.

“He’s been great for everybody – the football side and the media side.

“We need personalities like him.

“All the speculation about me is an irritation, especially going into a big semi-final.

“He has always respected what we try and do here and always appreciated that we are working on a different set of circumstances than he is.

“He mentioned me at the League Managers dinner when he was presented with his trophy – me and Paul Jewell. Nice touch.”