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I'll move City forward - Hughes

Mark Hughes
Hughes insists he is taking the football decisions affecting Man City

Manchester City boss Mark Hughes has issued a defiant warning that he is in charge at Eastlands and insisted no-one will leave without his permission.

Hughes has been exasperated by reports questioning his own future at the club and linking players with moves away.

"If players leave, then that decision will be mine solely. That's where we are and everyone understands the situation," Hughes said.

"It's a great club and a big club. I want to move it forward."

He added: "I had a meeting with all the players the other day and the contents will remain private.

"But basically we needed to make the group aware that I am in charge and will make decisions that will affect players.

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"I am clear we are going in the right direction. We are interested in bringing in good players at the right price."

Hughes, who has been at City for less than three months, reiterated that Vedran Corluka would be staying at the club and that Michael Johnson was close to agreeing a new contract.

Corluka has been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur and Johnson has reportedly been the subject of interest from Arsenal.

"Vedran's agent has a vested interest in his client but the matter has been resolved," Hughes said.

"I have discussed the situation at length with Vedran and he won't be leaving

the club. He is very much a Manchester City player.

"And negotiations with Michael are ongoing and we are hopeful they will be concluded very quickly."

City owner Thaksin Shinawatra faces corruption and abuse of power charges in Thailand and about 800m of his assets have been frozen pending a verdict.

An arrest warrant was issued for the former Thai prime minister on Monday after he failed to attend a court hearing in Bangkok.

My part of the club has not changed to any great extent - we are interested in good players at the right price

Mark Hughes

There had been reports that the club was looking to sell players without Hughes' knowledge because of Thaksin's situation, but City's boss denied that this was the case.

"From my own point of view I am very focused on what I aim to achieve here and that means success on the pitch.

"Nothing whatsoever has changed in that respect and the football operation hasn't changed since I signed for the club."

In fact Hughes said he was looking to bring new players in.

"People might have been concerned that maybe funds won't be available for me to bring players to the club.

"I have been reassured that is not the case. We are actively pursuing players.

"My part of the club has not changed to any great extent. We are interested in

good players at the right price.

"I speak to (chief executive) Garry Cook on a daily basis and we are always having conversations about where we feel the club should be going.

"Maybe there have been misunderstandings and mistakes made but that happens in any big organisation when you make changes. It is not an issue."




see also
Man City boss calms Thaksin fears
12 Aug 08 |  Man City
Former Thai PM flees to the UK
11 Aug 08 |  Asia-Pacific
Thaksin 'not fit to run Man City'
31 Jul 07 |  Man City
Ex-Thai PM's wife guilty of fraud
31 Jul 08 |  Asia-Pacific
Thaksin goes on trial in Thailand
08 Jul 08 |  Asia-Pacific
Hughes becomes Man City manager
05 Jun 08 |  Man City


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