Hughes relief at City return

06 July 2008 10:04
Manager Mark Hughes has revealed his relief at finally getting his teeth into the job at Manchester City following the return of his players to pre-season training. Hughes was confirmed as Sven-Goran Eriksson's replacement in the managerial hot-seat on June 4, but has spent his first month at Eastlands itching to meet up with his players and preparing for the new season, "We've been looking forward to it - well I certainly have," he told the club's official website. "It seems to have been a long time since I first came to the club and signed on the dotted line. "It's very been good and it's gone very quickly, but there's been a bit of frustration because a lot of the work I've been doing has been to get a feel for Carrington, see what changes needed to be made and make it a better environment for the players. "All that's been ongoing, but first and foremost I'm a football manager and I want to work with football players." Meanwhile, Hughes has revealed he has granted those players involved in Euro 2008 extra time off before reporting back for pre-season training. "There's a few missing from the start of pre-season training," he continued. "A number of players have been playing internationals right up until the middle of June. That includes the likes of Vedran Corluka and Gelson Fernandes along with a number of others, so I've given them dispensation. "I think it's important after a long, hard season, that if you can give them three to four weeks complete rest you'll reap the benefits further on in the season."

Source: ESA