Manchester City set to introduce new manager Mark Hughes
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Manchester City officials reported Wednesday that Mark Hughes has agreed to a three-year contract to replace Sven-Goran Eriksson and become City’s 13th manager in 22 years.
Hughes, 44, will earn a reported £3 million a year, which is nearly £500,000 more than the departing Eriksson.
Blackburn will receive a staggering £4.6 million in compensation from Man City for the transfer. City officials were hoping to claim their man for £1.5 million but were stunned when Blackburn’s initial offer was close to £7 million.
Garry Cook, Man City’s new chief executive told www.mcfc.co.uk, “I am delighted to welcome Mark on board. In our view he is the brightest young manger in the game and he was our number one target for the manager’s job.”
“The club intends to invest in new players as well as securing the long-term services of key members of the first team squad.”
“Mark has already identified some of the players and backroom staff that he wants to see here at City, and we will begin the process of recruiting them immediately.”
Rumored to be at the top of Hughes’ wish list is Blackburn winger and England star David Bentley.
City owner Thaksin Shinawatra has quite a wish list himself that includes two time world player of the year Ronaldinho who is reportedly asking for a record £10 million a year to leave Barcelona.
Negotiations with Brazilian 21-year-old Jo have been proceeding for some weeks now and are rumored to be in the £20 million range, a club record, which will be formally announced tomorrow along with Hughes introduction.
The former Wales National coach led the Rovers to a seventh place finish last season, two spots ahead of Man City.
Cook said, “He made it clear to us from the moment we met to make Manchester City one of the top sides in the country.”