Premier League – Hughes appointed City boss
Mark Hughes has been confirmed as the new manager of Manchester City, continuing his association with the city in which he spent the halcyon days of his playing career.
Following the departure of Sven-Goran Eriksson on Monday, City have moved swiftly in a bid to bring in the Blackburn boss and have already agreed compensation with Rovers.
Former Manchester United striker Hughes signed a three-year deal worth a reported £9million after meeting City’s new executive chairman Gary Cook in London. A press conference is planned for Thursday.
Thaksin Shinawatra told the Daily Mail on Wednesday morning: “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.”
The treatment of Eriksson, who masterminded a top-10 finish after moving to Eastlands last summer, has dismayed many City fans but Thaksin insists he has the best interests of the club at heart.
“These are exciting times for Manchester City and I hope the supporters can understand that I share their goals,” he continued.
“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.”
Shinawatra has described Mark Hughes as an “outstanding manager”.