Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is excited about the visit of his former employers Manchester City on Saturday, and believes the fans of his old club respect the part he played in their rise to the top of English football.
Hughes was sacked by Manchester City in December 2009 after less than one and a half season's at the club.
City were sixth when he was replaced by Roberto Mancini and Hughes, who knew he was facing the sack, gave an evident farewell exit after what turned out to be his last match in charge in a 4-3 win over Sunderland.
"I don't hold any resentment about that, the fact was I drew too many games and gave them the opportunity to go in a different direction," he said.
Hughes knows what a progressive time it was at the club and admitted he expected to be axed sooner.
"I think they would have done it sooner, but I didn't give them the opportunity because we won our first four games that season," Hughes added.
His successor Roberto Mancini won one F.A Cup and one Premier League title in the job, but was sacked in the summer after that famous F.A Cup final defeat to Wigan Athletic. With hindsight, Hughes thinks City fans will remember his reign with respect.
"The longer time has gone on, I think they look back and realise I did a decent job. There was a change of ownership, which wasn't easy. Also the circumstances when I went were different to what they were portrayed to me," he concluded.
Stoke are currently joint fifth with City in the Premier League table ahead of Saturday's match.
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