Reports - City go for Hughes

Blackburn boss emerges as contender to replace Eriksson

Manchester City have made an approach for Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes, according to reports.

Current City boss Sven Goran Eriksson is awaiting the sack at Eastlands following just one season in charge.

Owner Thaksin Shinawatra was unhappy with the team's performance in the second half of the campaign, despite City qualifying for Europe via the Fair Play League.

Former Chelsea bosses Avram Grant and Jose Mourinho, along with Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, have been linked with the job.

However, reports now claim that Blackburn boss Hughes is Shinawatra's prime target to succeed Eriksson in the hot seat.

According to the Mail on Sunday, City approached their Premier League rivals on Saturday for permission to speak to Hughes.

The ex-Manchester United striker has performed a sterling job at Ewood Park since being appointed as manager in September 2004.

Hughes has led the club to three consecutive top 10 finishes in the Premier League and has been an astute operator in the transfer market.

He has been mooted as an eventual successor to Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford and is also under consideration to replace Grant at another of his old clubs Chelsea.

Rovers would be loath to lose the ex-Wales national team coach, but reports suggest Shinawatra is ready to offer Hughes 3million a year to move to the City of Manchester Stadium.