Hughes encouraged after strategy meeting

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Manchester City manager Mark Hughes intends to "drive the club forward at pace" after a strategy meeting with club executives this week.

Because of the money behind City since the takeover by the Abu Dhabi United Group in August, Hughes has been under pressure to deliver in his first season in charge.

There has been continual speculation about his future but club officials have always insisted Hughes is part of a long-term plan and the manager told the Manchester Evening News: "The way the club's set up now in terms of its structure and the people in key positions means that City can only get better and be driven forward at pace."

He added: "I was very encouraged by what I heard at the get-together and the plans and structures that are in place for the club for the future that will ensure that when success comes - and it will do - it will be for a long time.

"I am part of the team that will drive this club forward and it is up to us to make sure that we are successful.

"I'm very impressed by how much progress has already been made throughout the club."

Hughes told the Manchester Evening News: "It's been a huge year for everybody at the club.

"There have been brave changes when we could have pottered around and remained as we were.

"But in the end, we wouldn't have been able to sustain any success we had."

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