Hughes appointed Man City manager

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Hughes appointed Man City manager
By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer


Mark Hughes has been appointed as the new manager of Manchester City after signing a three-year contract.

Hughes held talks with the City hierarchy in London on Tuesday evening and agreed to leave Blackburn after a second round of talks.

City's only serious concern was a late move by Chelsea after they were snubbed by AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti.

But owner Thaksin Shinawatra has landed the man he claimed was his top target after Sven-Goran Eriksson's sacking.

Shinawatra said: "He's an outstanding manager who has achieved many things with Blackburn.

"Mark was always the first choice of our new executive chairman, Garry Cook. Together they will make a great team. They will both prove to be excellent acquisitions, I'm sure."

"Man City will not be run like Blackburn and Sparky will realise that if he goes there "
Dean Saunders

Thaksin also sent a message to City fans still angry at the sacking of Eriksson, saying: "These are exciting times for Manchester City and I hope the supporters can understand that I share their goals.
"That sometimes means making ruthless decisions. Now we can go forward to a new era, with a new management structure and great hope and ambition."

The Welshman has guided Rovers into Europe twice, but recently indicated his long-term ambitions might not be satisfied at Ewood Park.

Hughes is prepared to risk swapping the stability of Blackburn for the volatile regime that saw Eriksson sacked at City because of the bigger stature of the Eastlands club.

And Thaksin is willing to back his new manager with major transfer funds, while he always worked within a limited budget at Blackburn.

And another temptation is the lure of European football, with City in the Uefa Cup, and the attraction of managing a team that plays in front of 40,000-plus crowds on a regular basis.

A Blackburn statement on Monday said City had made an approach to talk to Hughes.

"Mark has made it clear to the board he would like the opportunity to talk to Manchester City," it said.

"In view of this, the board have decided reluctantly to give permission subject to terms and conditions acceptable to Blackburn Rovers being agreed with Manchester City in advance."

Former Wales boss Hughes has impressed during his three-and-a-half year spell at Ewood Park, guiding Rovers to seventh in the Premier League last season.

He also led the club to its first FA Cup semi-final in 40 years in 2004 and another in 2007.

Earlier this year, the former Manchester United and Chelsea striker was one of the front-runners to succeed Sam Allardyce as Newcastle manager before Kevin Keegan took the job.

Hughes's former Wales team-mate Dean Saunders feels he may be better off staying at Ewood Park.

Hughes succeeded Graeme Souness and assistant Saunders at Blackburn in September 2004 when the pair moved to Newcastle.
Saunders said: "Man City will not be run like Blackburn and Sparky will realise that if he goes there.

"I had a shock going to Newcastle. Graeme took a risk going there but you don't realise how well Blackburn is run until you've left.

"Mark has done well and taken the club into Europe a couple of times by finishing seventh twice.

"But that is because of how it's run and because the chairman and the directors are very stable people.

"Mark will have the same problem at Man City that we had at Newcastle and he'll realise it should he get there."


Story from BBC SPORT:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/sport1/hi/football/teams/m/man_city/7431155.stm

Published: 2008/06/04 11:49:37 GMT

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personally i think its a step back for city

I might have to disagree with you on this one bud. He has shown he knows the game, has an eye for talent and is needless to say very passionate about his football.

Sven done a really good job and I support the fact he shouldve been given longer, but think Sparky will get the club going in the right direction, especially with the amount of money they are likely to throw about.

Already next season is looking good, a Man U great at the Man City helm. Big names coming again and going out. Damn its a long wait.
 

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agree with imransool on this, sparky has talent as a manager and i was quite surprised to see him go to city. Bit out of the blue really, he was favourite to be the next chelsea boss, and its a bit of a sideways move rather than a move up.
 

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sven done well i thought in his first season.

maybe blackburn should go for sven he would love that and i am sure want to prove he is the better man!

but city have bucket loads of cash which always helps ... ask chelski ;)

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I wonder if Hughes will get fired for not reaching those high targets he set next season or acheiving but only just.

I was disappointed to hear he left blackburn to manage a team owned by that faggot thaksin. I dont see how you can justify firing a manager after only 1 year when they met your target.

That's why i hate these foreign clowns who buy football clubs and expect miracles straight away.
 
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