Manchester City badgeUnder fire Manchester City boss Mark Hughes has once again received backing from the Eastlands board despite their woeful display at the weekend against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup.

City were beaten 3 – 0 at home by the struggling Championship side Nottingham Forest, the latest in a long line of poor results which has left them perilously close to the Premier League drop zone.

Hughes, who has money at his disposal from the club’s Abu Dhabi owners, has already moved to strengthen his squad with the acquisition of Wayne Bridge from Chelsea. And another 5 signings are being planned before the end of January.

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, City’s chief executive Garry Cook said:

DEFOE TO GO Mark is part of building the club, from the playing side right through to making this a great place for employees. What we don’t do is sit around worrying about what happens if it goes wrong.

Once we get through the first window, when Mark’s impact will be able to advance the future of the football club, things will start to settle down.

Mark’s plans and the way he is running the team are going to build and change and the confidence will start to build.

We will bring people here who want to see the club move forward and the fans will ideally take to them because they’re committed to the club.

Mark has played and managed at the highest level and knows what success looks like.

He and I talk about that success all the time and we are not standing there thinking about ‘what if’.

We are thinking about when we become successful and how that’ll look.

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