New Manchester City manager Mark Hughes admits he is under pressure to achieve at the club.
Hughes has left Blackburn to join City to succeed Sven Goran Eriksson. It has been suggested that City owner Thaksin Shinawatra has set Hughes a minimum target of a top-six Premier League finish next season.
Hughes admits there is an expectation to succeed, but he is confident he will thrive under pressure.
“There is always pressure,” Hughes told a press conference. “Every Premier League manager is under pressure.
“It is a result driven business and results are based on decisions I make. It doesn’t faze me and you have to thrive on it.
“Fans of any football club will voice opinions if you are not successful and if the team is not performing you are open to criticism.
“But I’ll back my ability against most managers. In the next three years I would expect to be successful.”
Hughes revealed that he took little persuading to quit Blackburn and join City.
“From the time that the interest was shown it has been very quick and it was clear to myself that there was a huge project and it was an easy decision,” he continued.
“I had a fantastic time at Blackburn and it was a job I was pleased to do. But I knew there was a limit to how far I could take the club.
“I am now at a club that can match my ambitions. Once City showed an interest I was focused and looking forward.
“My passion and drive is there for all to see. You can see the intensity in my players and that is what I am trying to bring to City.
“It is a chance to build the football club not only from a playing point of view, but as a club too. It is a project that will be exciting for everybody involved.”