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Hughes, 44, will be unveiled at a press conference to be held tomorrow morning. He agreed to move from Blackburn Rovers after meeting with the Club’s new Executive Chairman Garry Cook on Tuesday evening. Mr Cook’s appointment has been confirmed by City Chairman Dr Thaksin Shinawatra and he arrived from the US yesterday to seal the deal.
Hughes, who won 72 international caps for Wales, played for clubs including Barcelona, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Chelsea in a glittering career, before managing the Welsh national side and more recently Blackburn Rovers. He was awarded both an OBE and an MBE for his services to football.
He has put pen to paper on a three-year contract and takes up his new post with immediate effect.
Mr Cook said, “I am delighted to welcome Mark on board. In our view he is the brightest young manager in the game and he was our number one target for the manager’s job.
“He made it clear to us from the moment we met that he shared our vision and ambition to make Manchester City one of the top sides in the country.
“It’s a privilege to join Dr Thaksin here at Manchester City. There is no better opportunity in world football.
“The Club intends to invest in new players as well as securing the long term services of key members of the current first team squad.
“Mark has already identified some of the players and backroom staff that he wants to see here at City, and we will begin the process of recruiting them immediately.”