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Brazil ace collects April Thomas Cook acolade

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Elano and Nedum Onuoha have won the final two Thomas Cook Player of the Month awards for the 2008/09 season.

The Brazilian playmaker was at his influential best in April, finding the target from the penalty spot with unerring accuracy and he was also just inches away from scoring twice with free kicks that rattled the woodwork in the second leg against Hamburg.

Nedum Onuoha takes the award for May, having already won once this season in March. The defender has won widespread praise for his quietly effective displays at the heart of the City backline and has been tipped for a full England call-up in some circles. He looks set to have a busy summer and is expected to captain the England Under 21 side in the forthcoming European Championships.

Vladimir Weiss is reserve player of the month, while the Academy awards for March, April and May go to Dedryck Boyata, Gregory Cunningham and Kieran Trippier respectively.

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Chairman backs Hughes for bright future

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Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has left no room for any doubt over Mark Hughes' future by reiterating that he has complete faith in the manager's ability to steer the club to greater heights next season.

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Hughes uncovers a silver lining

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Mark Hughes has suggested that City missing out on Europe next season could be a blessing in disguise as far as the forthcoming Premier League campaign is concerned.

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Referee got it wrong, raps Blues boss Hughes

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Mark Hughes pointed the finger at referee Mark Halsey over the controversial late penalty that brought City's battling bid for Europe to an abrupt and disappointing end in a 2-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur.