Garry Cook is happy with his first weeks in charge at Manchester City.
The club's new executive chairman told the Manchester Evening News: "When you peel back the onion, there are a few different layers!
"But I'm looking forward to the season starting, and that's when we'll start to see the impact of some of the work that the executive team are putting in."
The City executive chairman acknowledges that Hughes' impressive record in the transfer market was one of the main reasons for bringing him to Eastlands from Ewood Park.
Cook said: "I look more at the economics than the emotion. From my standpoint, it was probably one of the major factors in Mark's appointment. He's fiscally very responsible, he's extremely astute.
"We've had conversations about things and he's said: 'Hmm, I'm not so sure; that seems a little expensive.'
"You know when a manager says that, he's got a conscience.
"I think we have to be responsible. Mark has a great record in that respect. I don't think that record is going to be changed.
"He knows that you can't have 100 players in your squad, so there are going to be trades, there are going to be new players coming in and players going out. That's football."