Hughes pays Fergie tribute

04 March 2009 04:41
Mark Hughes plans to take inspiration from Sir Alex Ferguson in his quest to bring success to Manchester City. Hughes won three FA Cups and two league titles during his Old Trafford playing career and feels he learned a lot from Ferguson. The Scot has been at the Manchester United helm for more than 22 years and Hughes believes it is his determination to stay at the top which keeps him going. "Sir Alex Ferguson has always had the ambition and drive to succeed," Hughes told the Manchester Evening News. "Obviously he has a good team around him but the desire and hunger comes from within. "He gets excited when he builds teams. It keeps him young and that thrill of winning trophies has always been with him. "The key to his longevity is that he is able to move with the times and embrace new ideas. "A lot of managers have fallen by the wayside because they do not have that ability. But it is one of his strengths." Expectations are high at City and Hughes believes claiming some silverware could provide the springboard for more glory. City are among the favourites to win the Uefa Cup after advancing to the last 16 of the competition. Hughes said: "Winning trophies helps any club, without a shadow of a doubt. "Putting trophies on sideboards gives players an understanding of what it takes to be successful. "Going through the emotions and being able to say you have won something gives players confidence and a strength of character. "It helps in their mentality and progression." Marwood roleFormer England international Brian Marwood, meanwhile, has been appointed to Manchester City's administration team. Marwood has been charged with creating an infrastructure that 'will meet Mark Hughes' requirements in terms of academy liaison, overseeing of medical, sports sciences and performance analysis, talent identification and player support'. Also joining City are Graham Wallace and David Pullan, who take on the roles of chief financial and administration officer and brand and marketing officer respectively.

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