Hughes - I'm under pressure

New City boss to thrive in the spotlight

By Peter Fraser.   Last Updated: 05/06/08 3:37pm

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Hughes: No doubts

Hughes: No doubts

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New Manchester City manager Mark Hughes admits he is under pressure to achieve at Eastlands.

"I am now at a club that can match my ambitions. Once City showed an interest I was focused and looking forward."
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Hughes left Blackburn to join City on Wednesday and succeed former boss Sven Goran Eriksson, who was in charge for just one season.

It has been rumoured that, having landed his No.1 choice, City owner Thaksin Shinawatra has set Hughes a minimum target of a top-six Premier League finish next season.

And while Hughes - who has signed a three-year contract - confesses there is an expectation to succeed, the Welshman insists he will thrive in the spotlight.

"There is always pressure," Hughes told a press conference live on Sky Sports News. "Every Premier League manager is under pressure.

"It is a result driven business and results are based on decisions I make. It doesn't faze me and you have to thrive on it.

Criticism

"Fans of any football club will voice opinions if you are not successful and if the team is not performing you are open to criticism.

"But I'll back my ability against most managers. In the next three years I would expect to be successful."

Hughes was also rumoured to be a target of managerless Chelsea, but he insists that, once City demonstrated an interest, he had no doubts about ending his four-year spell at Blackburn.

"From the time that the interest was shown it has been very quick and it was clear to myself that there was a huge project and it was an easy decision," Hughes continued.

"I had a fantastic time at Blackburn and it was a job I was pleased to do. But I knew there was a limit to how far I could take the club.

Ronaldinho link

"I am now at a club that can match my ambitions. Once City showed an interest I was focused and looking forward.

"My passion and drive is there for all to see. You can see the intensity in my players and that is what I am trying to bring to City.

"It is a chance to build the football club not only from a playing point of view, but as a club too. It is a project that will be exciting for everybody involved."

Meanwhile, Hughes - who is thought to have a £50million transfer kitty at his disposal - admits Barcelona star Ronaldinho is the type of player he will be interested in bringing to City.

"I am always interested in outstanding football talent and he (Ronaldinho) comes into that bracket," added Hughes.

"There is a lot of talk. A number of people have thrown (transfer) figures out there and some are way off the mark, while some are a little closer."

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