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Hughton - No City jealousy

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Chris Hughton admits that he is not envious of Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini.

Hughton piles pressure on Mancini ahead of Eastlands clash

Chris Hughton admits that he is not envious of Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini. The Eastlands boss has spent over £100million on new signings over the summer, bringing in players such as David Silva, Yaya Toure and Mario Balotelli. The Italian's £26million swoop for midfielder James Milner alone dwarfed Hughton's entire budget at Newcastle. The Magpies boss has had to do his business on a shoestring budget at St James' Park, drafting in free agent Sol Campbell, James Perch, Dan Gosling, Cheick Tiote and Hatem Ben Arfa. However, Hughton admits there is probably more pressure on the Eastlands boss than there is on him. Asked if he was envious, Hughton said: "No, not at all. "The pressure and the stress he is under is no different to any other manager. There is always expectation and you have to live up to that expectation. "Of course for him, it is perhaps a greater expectation, but there is pressure whether you are at the top end of the table or the bottom end of the table."


Hughton has been satisfied with his summer signings as he prepares his side for Sunday's Premier League trip to the City of Manchester Stadium. He said: "If I look generally, most of the signings who have come in have very much played their part in what we are trying to do here amongst the ups and downs. "The latest additions, Ben Arfa and Tiote, it's normal that it takes a little bit of time to settle in, but they have both settled in very well and they both feel very much part of what we are trying to do here. "The most important thing is that anybody who comes in is part of a squad which is giving us real competition."

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