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Mark Hughes has warned Man City's Abu Dhabi owners that he will not hesitate to head for the exit doors should they oppose themselves on team selection.

It would appear that Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has decided that enough is enough with regard to their Abu Dhabi owners' involvement in first-team matters.

According to a report in the British tabloid The Sun, Mark Hughes has made it clear to chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarek that he will accept no interference with team selection.

Apparently, the Blues' mega-rich owners have already attempted to influence matchday tactics - for instance, demanding that Robinho play in a more central role.

However, former Wales international Hughes is believed to have told his coaching staff that he will not stand for any meddling and will leave his post if it continues.

A so-called City insider is quoted as saying: "Hughesy is not the type of man who will tolerate people telling him what to do."

However, it is also thought that the talks between the manager and owners in UAE recently went relatively well with the 45-year-old given the go ahead to draw up a list of potential transfer targets, suggesting that the club's backers have faith in Hughes.

--Ricky Brooks,