City striker Tevez backs under-fire boss Hughes

Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has urged the club’s owners to

keep faith with Mark Hughes, insisting he is “100 per cent” behind

the manager.

Newspaper reports on Saturday suggest Hughes will be sacked

regardless of City’s result against Sunderland, with the agent of

former Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink claiming City have already made an

approach to his client.

But Tevez, who signed for City in the summer after a two-year

stint with their rivals United, believes the club need to be “a bit

patient”.

“When I first joined the club I had a long chat with Mark

Hughes and he gave me a vision of how the club was going to go

forward,” Tevez told the Daily Telegraph.

“The reason I joined was because I believe in his vision. I

believe in what he had to say.”

The Argentina international added: “I understand the desire

to be the best.

“I believe in the club. I also believe in Mark. We will be a

big club. I’m 100 per cent behind the manager. I’m really surprised

that a question about his future even exists at such an early

stage.

“Of course, we can do even more. Every team in the Premier

League will say they can do better and we are no exception. But the

team is in transition with a lot of new players coming in and we

have had a lot of injuries.

“It will not happen straight away but I will assure you of

one major point. I will give the club, the fans and Mark Hughes my

100 per cent support.

“We need to have stability and calm to allow the club to move

forward. People should not panic. There is a great desire and

atmosphere to achieve that exists and that comes from the manager.”