Previous
Albirex Niigata FC
Tampines Rovers
11:30 AM GMT
Game Details
FC Ingolstadt 04
TSV 1860 Munich
7:15 PM GMT
Game Details
AJ Auxerre
Angers
7:30 PM GMT
Game Details
AS Roma
Juventus
7:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Celta Vigo
Elche
7:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Belenenses
Paços de Ferreira
8:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Newell's Old Boys
Vélez Sarsfield
12:10 AM GMT Mar 3, 2015
Game Details
Next
By ESPN Staff

Hughes: City flak is down to manager jealousy

Manchester City boss Mark Hughes claims some of his fellow Premier League managers are ramping up the mind games because they never made it as top players.

City's huge summer spending spree means they are being talked about as a serious threat to the top four, with some managers even tipping them for an assault on the title.

But a clutch of bosses have been putting the boot in too.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, described City as a "small club with a small mentality'' while Arsenal and Liverpool counterparts Arsene Wenger and Rafael Benitez have attacked the way City's spending has distorted the transfer market.

Hughes, who played with distinction for Manchester United and Barcelona, questioned whether some managers spoke out because they had never been able to let their feet do the talking.

He told the Daily Express: "I have never had to court publicity myself because I played for top clubs. I was reticent to say too much at all when I was playing.

"The truth is I never had to, because my performances generated headlines anyway. I was good at what I did and that was enough.

"That has been my way for 45 years so I don't think I will suddenly become one for mind games. But other managers feel that their profile has been raised and they have to do that. Maybe it is because they have not played at a certain level.

"I'm aware managers are saying things about us at the moment but I see that as trying to ease pressure on themselves - that is predictable.''

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.