Hughes expects City success under Mancini

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Mark Hughes expects success to arrive at Manchester City, no matter who new boss Roberto Mancini decides to buy.

Mancini will be unveiled by the Eastlands outfit on Monday, less than 48 hours after Hughes' dismissal following the 4-3 win over Sunderland.

"I have always been aware of the responsibility that comes with being afforded the luxury of a significant transfer budget and I was grateful that the club supported me with significant investment in players,"

Hughes said in a statement released to the League Managers' Association website: "I very much regret, however, that I will not now be able to enjoy the success that would undoubtedly have followed in the light of that investment."

The fact Mancini was announced as the Welshman's successor at the same time appears to confirm that the move had been planned for weeks.

With a top-four spot now the stated aim, attention is already turning to the men Mancini might go for in January if owner Sheikh Mansour and chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak are to have their wishes granted.

Liverpool duo Javier Mascherano and Fernando Torres are said to be on 45-year-old Mancini's wish list, although defenders would seem to be a more useful priority given City have conceded nine goals in their last three games.

Quite how long Mancini was on Sheikh Mansour's radar is open to question.

He has been out of work since quitting Inter Milan in 2008, having won three successive Serie A titles without making the desired impact in Europe.

The fact that those Scudettos came in the wake - and in the first instance as a direct result - of the match-fixing scandal which saw Juventus demoted and AC Milan suffer a massive points deduction, means that the jury is still out on Mancini's abilities.

It has been claimed he was first sounded out about the job last summer before the Blues hierarchy decided to keep faith with Hughes, who insisted he was not aware that he was to be sacked before the victory against Sunderland.

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