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The man I always referred to as 'Nasty Hughes' as he roughed up the City defence time and again in the Derby is now our manager...

On the back of an agonising few months which came out of nowhere and which most Blues just couldn't understand, Dr. Thaksin and his people unveiled a rag, so many times our nemesis, as City's gaffer.

I admit I felt absolutely no enthusiasm whatsoever when the text came in from Mcr telling me that Mark Hughes was in. Perhaps I was so demoralised at the way our season and reputation had nosedived. In truth, I would have thought similarly about any other appointment having watched the toe curling developments of recent weeks that did so much damage to the clubs image.

But this is Manchester City we are talking about, and whether Toxin,(who has work to do to win back his Frank status) his advisors and the super agents like it or not, it's our club and we are the people who keep it going. Most Blues would give almost anything to see us successful but many of us have become deeply concerned for the club's future following the torture of Svengate.

One of my biggest criticism's throughout these past weeks has been the lack of statement, clear Sky Blue water and leadership from the top, regardless of what Sven's people were saying. There was a total lack of updates or information sent out to the fans. In my opinion, Thaksin left too much of the old set up in place and it stagnated without hands on club leadership. I urge the board to review absolutely the whole way that the club is represented to the media and make ruthless changes where neccessary.

City fans were forced to endure a turgid few weeks without any news knowing a disinterested skeleton of the side were engaged in a pointless end of season Far Eastern travelling football circus. That situation should never be allowed to happen again. It could just be the case that the appointment of Nike/Jordan's Garry Cook, who looks as if he means business could be the answer to that issue. He will get my backing if he continues to proceed with the dignity he has shown us thus far.

Back to Mark Hughes. As a player, he dished it out to us time and again and for me, many times over epitomised everything the rags were about. But taking a big step back, we all know he was a winner. He's gone on to build a reputation as a no nonsense manager who commands respect throughout the game. So much so, that the weasels running Chelski wanted him there against their Oligarch's wishes. Their loss could be MCFC's gain.

We have to admit that a Hughes appointment is a far safer bet than bringing in the likes of a Phil Scolari. Hughes knows the day to day Premier League well, better than Sven would have known when he took over, having done such a solid job at Blackburn. He will know of City's players and will be familiar with the wasters and chancers that we need to offload. His appointment could see City hold on to a number of our prized assets, if some of them are prepared to put a shift in and give up the clubbing in town. It won't be an easy task, as Svengate has left a lot of bridges to rebuild and agents have had a field day.

Hughes has already stated his intention on MCFCTV.COM to support City's brilliant Academy. Like Cook, he comes across as a man on a mission. I remain concerned over what the future retirement of Taggart could bring at the swamp, but right now our club needs to rediscover stability and that has to be everyone connected with the club's first target.

And what of Sven? He was backed to the rafters by the vast majority of Blues and certainly did not deserve to go the way he did. He gave us a magnificent Derby double and via his players not fully getting stuck in, got us into Europe.

I sincerely hope that a line will now be drawn under the saga and no dirty washing is set to come out from either side involved. Sven brought great dignity and respect to City and I wish him well.

However, a few weeks reflection has led me to question whether or not he was a big enough disciplinarian for what is required in the Premier League. No side should ship 8 goals at Middlesborough. The players gave up far too easily that day, whatever their agendas were and I cannot see that ever happening under Mark Hughes.

My message to Dr. Thaksin Shinawatra is that it isn't just you who expects results now, it's the fans. You owe us, big time. And time is something you must give Mark Hughes.

And my message to Planet Blue is once more with feeling, let's aim to forget these past few months but note the lessons learned. Come together, get right behind Sparky Hughes and give it a go. There is work to be done.

Come On City.

Get yourselves over to the Vital MCFC forums from your deckchair this summer! Signings, Taxi for's and much much more!!

The journalist

Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday June 7 2008

Time: 12:00PM

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Cracking piece of writing JB. However, Rogers crystal ball sees two years of progression on the pitch, culminating in a Champions League spot only to see Hughes move across to OT taking some City starlets with him. Tell me I am wrong!
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07/06/2008 13:29:00

I think we should forget all about Sparky using us as a stepping stone to The Swamp. When Rednose decides leaves it will become a poisened chalice as it was for a many years after Busby and anyone taking on the job will be on a hiding to nothing. Regarding the lack of satements from the Club I do not blame them for not replying to every piece of stupid media speculation and this has been borne out in the way thay have conducted themselves over the last week. Announcing the demise of Sven on the Monday and installing Sparky by the Wednesday is exactly the way affairs should be conducted instead of succumbing to every bit of trivia rolled out by the Press.
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07/06/2008 13:46:00

Ra-Ra Roger - hope you are wrong! You would imagine that The Rags would want an established and proven Champions League manager to replace Old Red Nose, so dont be surprised if they make a move for the self-proclaimed Special One!!! As for City, if we can keep the core of the team in tact (Hart, Richards, et al), get rid of the driftwood (we all know who they are!), and add some quality, who knows where we could end up?? All of the so-called big four have tough and turbulent summers ahead of them so hopefully come August, we'll be in a position to exploit it. CTID (and forever the optimist!!!!!!!)
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07/06/2008 14:00:00

A good reflection of where we are JB. Having Sparky on board gives an uneasy feeling due to his past yet I agree that he knows the Premiership better than any European coach and that must help especially for the first 10 games. It will be interesting to see his first team selections as some of the players may revolt. Will he match Sven in his management of the players? - only time will tell. I believe the money and opportunity drew Hughes to City and as much as anything the quality we have from our fantastic academy. I look forward to next season with real hope, 6 more points from the rags and possible a world class signing. For now, I'll put the inevitable move to OT to the back of my mind. Lastly, good luck to Sven - a gentleman. We can only wonder what might have been.
Barney Daniels
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07/06/2008 14:07:00

Sound points all round, Blues. I'm slowly starting to breathe sighs of relief knowing we have a gaffer in place over amonth before the UEFA action starts in Preston etc...alph, I'd still like to have seen the club make one solid statement that gave direction, although I agree the way business was conducted this week was spot on. Didn't give tha hacks a moment to type the word 'crisis!!' What's the story re Johnson anyone? Could be the allegations of him becoming a big head around town hold some weight. makes me wonder again about the discipline factor. interresting to see that "Bobbit" Dickov says he was fitter than he ever was training under Hughes. Any Rovers fans out there with an angle on that? Let's get weaving on the Vital forums this seismic next few weeks ready for when the buck toothed superstar sambas into town..! Transfer merry go round starts here....
Johnny Baguette
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07/06/2008 14:52:00

For all the transfer talk, I'm looking forward to seeing Bianchi work under Hughes. He did show glimpses of quality - can he cut it? Wonder if Sparky will let him turn out in that ridiculous neck warmer - I think not!!!
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07/06/2008 15:03:00

JB hughes' backroom staff are amazing not just in terms of fitness levels but keeping injury prone players fit EG Santa Cruz and there are others. you guys have yourselves one hell of a manager, you really should forget his red connections hes a pro. although the youth stuff is interesting for me thats the one angle of his managemnet that got me he never did it with wales and only brought through derbyshire for us despite a number of promising youths at rovers, granted you guys have a fantastic academy!
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07/06/2008 15:10:00

Interesting stuff, dd. I see Bianchi is back in Manchester from Lazio. I wonder what Hughes, as a former striker can do with him. Meanwhile, City delegation again in talks with Ronaldhino's brother. could be a historic few weeks!
Johnny Baguette
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07/06/2008 15:23:00

Vital INFO: Premier League Fixtures: 16th June, UEFA Cup Draw: 27th June.
Johnny Baguette
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07/06/2008 15:25:00

Disappointing to hear - if true - that Johnson's head is swelling. Surprising that he'd want to give more attention to that ridiculous hair-cut! I'm sure Hughes will advise him well, although if he doesn't want to play for City who have made him who he is then he can clear off. Regarding possible signings - I'm very uncomfortable having players on huge salaries. Footballers are overpaid and the stories of the toothy one's partying is worrying. I don't see him fancying it at City but perhaps having Elano and Jo will help. If he doesn't perform and we're paying 150,000 a week then it must cause unrest in the dressing room.
Barney Daniels
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07/06/2008 15:47:00

Don't get confused my friend, City wouldn't be paying Ronaldinio full wages, the sponser's will be so don't worry there will be no unrest! Johnson's head swelling is rubbish, he's down to earth i've met him - why don't the media get a life and print something interesting and Educational instead of acting like children spreading rumours around the playground.
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07/06/2008 19:02:00

i will be honest with ya i aint realy happy about ronaldino cos he has passed his day we can ghet someone better than him who will still have a good few years of good football he is 28 now so he is gettin old and were going to pay millons for him
dunne deal
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07/06/2008 22:00:00

y would we pay millons for him just think of Bojan of barcelona young talented and many years left in him now thats a player i would like to sign for city
dunne deal
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07/06/2008 22:02:00

Good to hear about Johnson - cheers for the info. I wonder if the Ronaldino situation caused the breakdown between Sven and Thaksin? Sven always said he would pick the team and the papers suggest that Thaksin wanted to bring a world class player in.
Barney Daniels
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07/06/2008 23:09:00

If you remember back in January Sven said they were trying to sign a BIG,BIG name.
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08/06/2008 09:39:00

I think if Sven knew he was going to play a 451 system then he clearly should have bought strikers, who could play that way, none of them could or did! Sven seemed surprised in January when he we had signed Benjani it was as though he had no hand in this transfer. I agree JB, when the news came out about Sven through whatever source, City officials should have made a statement at that stage. The appointment of Garry Cook, moved things along a pace and in good order. With regard to Bianchi, I still think he has talent and will do well with a partner in a 442 system, one thing that Svens scouts and advisers had was an eye for talent, which is more than be said for the dross that SP bought. Isaaksson 'I still want to go' if he wants I shall write to all the clubs I can and see if they want him, but since his comments I am sure the phone in Sparkys' office has not stopped ringing. Also noted this morning that City Officials expect at some stage to lose Sparky to the Swamp, but if I was him I would wait a while before taking on such a task and he may not be first choice at that, I think Roy Keane may get the shout first.
Buzz Lightyear
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08/06/2008 12:54:00

whats the story with Dunne?Is he staying with you guys now Hughes is in or is he still pushing for a move?
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08/06/2008 16:21:00

Rumour has it Dunne has burnt his bridges with the club and will probably go sometime very soon.
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08/06/2008 16:53:00

It is not that I don't like Dunne, but when we down and no-one knew what was happening, he was one of the first to try and jump ship. Petrov and Elano said nothing and that really it was nothing that they could do and that they would continue on no matter who was running the ship.
Buzz Lightyear
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08/06/2008 17:05:00

Buzz, ( but since his comments I am sure the phone in Sparkys' office has not stopped ringing ) :)) But really he knock Hughes plans :)
city 81
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08/06/2008 17:38:00

JB, How long you will crying for spilt milk, Close Sven page and open new page with Hughes.
city 81
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08/06/2008 17:48:00

he'll be a sucess you wait and see!
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08/06/2008 20:24:00

As I said earlier, I wish Sven well city 81 and ask wvery Blue to get behind Hughes. This is going to be quite a summer!
Johnny Baguette
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08/06/2008 20:41:00

merlin, You understand wrong, Phone Hughes busy not for they want to Contracted with Isaaksson !! No, All Contacts was Congratulations to Hughes After they hearing Isaaksson comments :), JB, That JB who I know, The names not matter, what matters only is a Manchester City.
city 81
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08/06/2008 22:34:00

JB, Do you saw podolski today !! He say he love his countery ( Poland ) and he score only two goals in them !! I dont know If He hate how goals will score!!!! I say If we contracted with him , we must tell him that all teams we will facing them stoop of the assets of Polish and we want from him to love them very much on the extent it can.
city 81
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08/06/2008 23:05:00

Can't see City going for Podolski now. Or anyone else if Ronaldhino's wages are confirmed! Don't forget Bojinov and Bianchi are available.
Johnny Baguette
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09/06/2008 07:42:00

Agree Jb don't need another striker, need midfield and defenders, there are better CB than Dunney, but not many. He certainly has been our best player in recent years and has prevented a sack load of goals. If you look at it that left side is going to be crowded, still not sure if Sparky wants Ron. We need to lighten the squad now of dead wood and hangers on like Danny Mills, who has been on a mone spinner for years now without playing, Whwen is his contract up?
Buzz Lightyear
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09/06/2008 08:06:00

JB, I think it is better if we buy group a good players in same price who will pay to Ronaldhino! .
city 81
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09/06/2008 09:55:00

Mills has to go, Buzz and a good few others!! City 81, you have a good point but the owner is on a mission to fill the stadium and Ronnie fits the bill.
Johnny Baguette
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09/06/2008 10:24:00

I still say Daniel Van Buyten would be a great signing at CB in place of Dunne.
Johnny Baguette
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09/06/2008 10:27:00

LB top priority.
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09/06/2008 11:29:00

Terence Phelan.
Johnny Baguette
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09/06/2008 12:46:00

well i hope they dont get rid of vassell i dont no what it is about him but i think he is a brilliant playr and works his socks of everytime he is playing
dunne deal
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09/06/2008 14:53:00

I am sure if he makes you succesful you will all soon forget his connections with the other lot!
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09/06/2008 21:36:00


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