Mark Hughes insists he will have the final say over football matters at Manchester City despite the takeover of the club by the mega-rich Abu Dhabi United group.
The takeover has provided Hughes with a vast transfer kitty to spend and the City manager says he controls which players are signed for the squad.
"Football matters are my department, those are decisions that I make. That's what I have been told and that is what I expect," said Hughes.
"I have been assured that football matters are my remit and that is the way that it should be.
"From the discussions I have had with them, they would appear to regard myself and my staff as an asset."
City come up against Chelsea on Saturday in what is being termed the "clash of the cash", and Brazilian superstar Robinho is expected to make his debut.
Hughes said Robinho had made a point of saying how much he was looking forward to facing the club who came close to signing him from Real Madrid - only to be gazumped by City's �32.5million bid.
"On the day I met him in London 10 days ago, one of the first things he said was that he can't wait for the game because he can't wait to play against Chelsea, so that's a good sign," said Hughes.
"The one impression everyone has of Robinho is that as soon as he gets the ball you sense something is going to happen and I think everyone will see that at the weekend."
Copyright (c) PA Sport 2008, All Rights Reserved.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms