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Hughes wants to challenge top clubs

Hughes wants to challenge top clubs

Mark Hughes wants to make Manchester City a top club in Europe. He explains how he can turn the fortune of the lesser side in Manchester.

The Manchester City boss is highly ambitious and wants to take City among the best in Europe.

“The ambition is to challenge the top clubs — not just in the Premier League, but in Europe."

He knows that he will need to have great players and will have to raise the profile of the team. The 45-year old left Blackburn to sign a three-year deal with City a week ago. He had helped Blacburn finish in the top half last season.

“I’m very excited by the plans to take this club forward. We want a sustained period of success and the roof will go off the place if we get it

“The plan is to raise the profile of this club, not only in this country but worldwide as well. That also appeals to me.

“If we can get the right players in the right positions, that is more than realistic. The finance and the commitment are there to bring those players here.

He admits that it is a huge project and he wants to be a part of it.

The former Manchester United striker talked about his predecessor, Sven-Goran Eriksson, saying Sven had a good season, but he was not consisten to challenge the top clubs.

“Every manager is under pressure. It is a results-driven business and you are judged on the decisions you make. It doesn’t faze me. I have worked with pressure as a player and a manager and I have learned to deal with it — even thrive on it.

“At different times you bring different managerial skills to the role and maybe the energy you need to be a driving force is not there in some people.

“Last season was a positive one for the club for long periods. But you need to be consistently challenging the top clubs."

The Welshman said that he believes in his own ability, his passion and drive will win him matches and accolades from fans.

“I’m trying to progress my managerial career and I’m at a great club with a great fan base who have reacted very positively to my appointment. But fans of every football club will show their disapproval if their team is not performing or getting results.

“I believe in my own ability. My passion and my drive are there for all to see.

“If you see how my teams play, you see that the work I do has a positive impact.

“I’ll back my ability against most managers in the Premier League and I think my management team is one of the best in the business.”