City - Hughes is outstanding

City owner Shinawatra praises incoming manager

Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra has described managerial target Mark Hughes as 'outstanding'.

Hughes is expected to be named as successor to Sven Goran Eriksson this week after a compensation package was agreed with Blackburn Rovers.

Shinawatra has reportedly agreed a figure in the region of 4.6millon for the former Wales international who is likely to be given a massive transfer war chest to spend this summer.

City are on the lookout for a new manager after former England boss Eriksson was sacked following the team's failure to match their blistering start to the season in the second half of the campaign.

Shinawatra hopes fans understand the club's decision to move in a different direction next season and says there are exciting times ahead.


"He's an outstanding manager who has achieved many things with Blackburn," Shinawatra told the Daily Mail.

"Mark was always the first choice of our new executive chairman, Garry Cook. Together they will make a great team. They will both prove to be excellent acquisitions, I'm sure.

"These are exciting times for Manchester City and I hope the supporters can understand that I share their goals.

"That sometimes means making ruthless decisions. Now we can go forward to a new era, with a new management structure and great hope and ambition."