Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

No credit for Manchester City boss Hughes

Mark Hughes does not believe he is getting the praise he deserves for his first year’s work at Manchester City.

The Blues head to Tottenham tomorrow needing a victory to maintain their hopes of qualifying for next year’s Europa League.

Spurs are also in the same position, despite a tepid start to the campaign under Juande Ramos, Harry Redknapp eventually being called in to sort the mess out.

Redknapp has been credited with Spurs’ revival, further enhancing a reputation that blossomed at Bournemouth and West Ham before he added the FA Cup to his CV at Portsmouth last season.

Hughes notes no such accolades coming his way, even though he felt the team he inherited from Sven-Goran Eriksson not only lacked quality but also sufficient strength in certain areas to challenge for honours.

"If you look at all the managers in a similar position in the league to us, they seem to get a lot of plaudits," observed Hughes. "I don’t get many. That is predictable and understandable I suppose. Harry Redknapp has done a good job at Spurs. But I feel it is very similar to myself, it’s just that he gets a bit more credit than I do."

Hughes recognises analysis of his own work tends to be more critical because of the vast wealth he has been afforded.

"That is the world we live in," he shrugged. "What we have to do is make sure people understand the process we go through when we want to acquire players. We have worked really hard to send that message out.

"At the moment a lot of people are flying around professing to have mandates to do deals for Manchester City. It was always going to happen I suppose."

Increasingly it seems, Carlos Tevez will be leaving Old Trafford this summer and after declaring the absence of Champions League combat would not be a barrier towards his joining a Premier League rival, Tevez seemed to be expressing an interest in City.

"I am not going to talk about individual players," grumbled Hughes. "That player is contracted to another club and I am not prepared to discuss that.”