Monday, June 30, 2008

Hughes continues backroom shake up

Manchester City can today confirm the appointment of Eddie Niedzwiecki and Kevin Hitchcock as first team coach and goalkeeping coach respectively.

The pair joined Mark Hughes at Blackburn within a month of each other back in 2004 and the move to City sees them rejoin Marks Hughes and Bowen ahead of the return to pre-season training.

Another move by Hughes in bringing in his own guys following the departure of some of the holdovers from the Sven (and earlier) regimes, and in Niedzwecki and Hitchcock we see guys familiar with Hughes over the years (not to mention both former goalkeepers).

He has been fairly low profile so far (impressively so) since his arrival at the club, largely I guess overshadowed by media focus being centered on Euro 2008, but as we head into July we will have the UEFA qualifying draw tomorrow and the opening of the transfer window.

Negotiations still appear ongoing with Jo, but with a suggested transfer budget of £20 million to play with - and a suddenly idle press pack needing to fill column inches, Hughes may find that the media focus is about to step up a notch or two.

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