The Birmingham City boss admitted his side are "devastated" after losing their play-off semi-final against Blackpool but dismissed rumours he will move to the Hawthorns in summerBirmingham City boss Chris Hughton insisted he has not even thought about taking over as West Brom manager after seeing his side crash out of the Championship play-offs.
A 2-2 draw against Blackpool at St Andrews on Wednesday meant Ian Holloway’s side claimed a 3-2 victory on aggregate to book their place in the Wembley final against West Ham on May 19.
With new England manager Roy Hodgson set to take charge of his final match at West Brom on Sunday, Hughton has been heavily linked with a switch to the Hawthorns.
But the 53-year-old former refused to speculate about his future when asked if he would be interested in the post.
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"It’s not a great question because at the moment my focus is very much on this team," Hughton told Sky Sports.
"It’s been a really tough day for us. We came into tonight’s game with a real chance and I've walked away from a devastated changing room. We all feel that way.
"It’s been a real long, tough season for us and with that comes a lot of ups and downs and lot of emotion. We have got a lot of people - players and staff - who have spent a lot of time together this season and that makes it even tougher.
"We have to congratulate Blackpool on their victory over two games and I'm sure it will be an exciting final."
An equaliser from defender Curtis Davies 18 minutes from time had briefly given Hughton hope that his side could stage a memorable comeback.
But despite not being able to find the crucial third goal to send the tie into extra time, the former Newcastle boss admitted he had enjoyed hearing the home fans singing his name at the end of the match.
"It made me feel good. They have been super all season,” he said.
"We have allowed them to travel long and far to see us play, they have had plenty of games and they have had to spend an awful lot of money. Everything that they have given us, we are so appreciative of.
"They have supported myself, the staff and the team extremely well."