Hughes - Keegan will survive

Mark Hughes is confident Kevin Keegan will survive even if Blackburn extend Newcastle's miserable Premier League run.

Keegan is yet to taste victory since returning to St James' Park and suffered a humiliating 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Manchester United last time out.

The Magpies are slipping closer to the relegation zone, and home defeats by Blackburn have proved costly to previous regimes.

Graeme Souness and Glenn Roeder were both beaten by Rovers in their final home games at the helm of the North East outfit before being shown the door.

But Hughes expects Keegan to be given the time he needs to stop the rot at Newcastle, although he knows the Magpies need to start winning soon.

Gold dust

He said: "Within a week or so of the last two times we have gone there and won, the manager lost his job. It is not going to happen this time, if we are honest.

"But in the Premier League results are like gold dust. They are so important to everybody, the future of your club, the demeanour of your fans.

"Kevin knows the club better than anybody, so he should know what it takes. What you do need is time - you need that in any job.

"He will be given time, which maybe any other manager might not have been."

Hughes was one of several names in the frame to replace Sam Allardyce, but insists he does not have a point to prove on Saturday.

He added: "I don't think I have anything to prove to anybody. It is more about what we can do as a team, not about Mark Hughes as a manager."