Belfast Telegraph

Hughes defends City spending

New Fulham boss Mark Hughes has defended his spending record at Manchester City, insisting he had no say over the transfer fees paid for players.

Mega-rich City splashed out more than £200million during Hughes' 18 months as manager before he was sacked in December. But the 46-year-old insists he had no direct input into the figures and revealed what many suspect about the inner-workings at Eastlands when it comes to buying players.

"Actually, the amounts paid weren't really directly influenced by me, I would suggest," said Hughes.

"On some occasions at City, in fairness, players were presented to me which I didn't really have a direct input in.

"But you get a phone call and somebody says, 'would you like Robinho?'

"As a manager you say, 'well, yeah - I would'.

"But whether or not the situation like that was correct in terms of timing and the development of the club at that stage, that's open to debate."


From Belfast Telegraph