Hughes: Hard work the key
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mark Hughes is pleased with the progress made in his year in charge at Blackburn.
As Blackburn manager Mark Hughes celebrates a year in charge at Ewood Park, the former Wales boss highlighted the progress made in 12 months.
Rovers prepare to face Newcastle on Sunday with Hughes insisting that a strong work ethic has been integral to the club's turnaround after Magpies manager Graeme Souness bequeathed an unenviable legacy to his successor.
"They know they have to step up to the mark each and every time they put the Blackburn shirt on - I think their mentality has changed a little bit," he told Sky Sports News.
"They understand the demands at this level. If you want to succeed you have to put the work in and they're certainly doing that."
Craig Bellamy is in line for what promises to be an eventful reunion with The Magpies after recovering from a thigh injury and Hughes is looking forward to being able to call on the Welshman's services once more.
"He missed a large part of pre-season as well with an injury, then he came back and got injured in international week," added Hughes.
"He's missed four games so we're hopeful he's over it and once he gets back into the side he'll stay in."
Hughes also expressed his pleasure with goalkeeper Brad Friedel's decision to sign a new three-year contract.
"I know for a fact that Brad's delighted with it. I think he understands what we're trying to do here.
"We have ambitions to move the club forward and he wants to be a part of it and we're delighted with that."