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Hiddink shadow looming large over Man City

Guus Hiddink's shadow is looming large at Manchester City.

The Independent says Mark Hughes' position as Manchester City manager is not in imminent jeopardy but his club's Abu Dhabi owners are now looking for results in December as evidence that their £200m investment in players is money well spent.

The Al-Nahyan family want to see Hughes, a manager in whom they wish to continue putting trust, to prevail but the availability of Hiddink since Russia's elimination from the 2010 World Cup has added pressure on the Welshman, who is aware he needs to start delivering more than the club's succession of seven draws.

Hiddink's success as manager at Chelsea last season demonstrated that he has the capability of moving in to manage an established group of highly paid players like those at Stamford Bridge and he would be a manager who could build on - rather than rebuild - what the Abu Dhabi United Group has created at Eastlands. The City chairman, Khaldoon al-Mubarak, was present to see this disappointing draw on Saturday and has agreed the target of a sixth-place finish with Hughes, who is at least in touch with that aspiration.

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