“I’m definitely not jealous of Mark’s position. Look at what I’ve got here," said Bruce. “I’ve got a chairman who lets me get on with things and I have no interference.
“I have to ask him about some things but he’s old school, the manager’s the manager and that’s refreshing.”
Bruce’s Wigan will try to deliver a second blow to Hughes’ revolution at the JJB Stadium tomorrow — four days after City’s shock Carling Cup exit at Brighton.
Hughes splashed out around £70m this summer, including a British record £32.5million on Brazilian Robinho.
Bruce spent just £7m on Olivier Kapo and Lee Cattermole and he backs his old Manchester United team-mate Hughes to use the Arab millions wisely.
But he claims City’s new owners are in for a shock if they expect silverware overnight.
He added: “It’s not just about money, it’s about blending a team and blending a squad.
“And that has its own difficulties, no matter how much money you’ve got.
“It can happen and without money you haven’t got a chance. But it doesn’t necessarily bring you success.”