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Vital Manchester City new signing, BitterBlue sent us the following article.

To see the redtop vultures circling Eastlands is to be expected, but to hear a ground swell of supporters turning on Mark Hughes is much more concerning.

Do we really believe that after only six months Mark Hughes has somehow gone from being the best young British manager to Alan Ball overnight?

Yes we had 15 more points this time last year but this flattered the actual performances; born out by the second half of the season. Also, look at who scored the vast majority of the goals. Bianchi, Mpenza, Samaras, and Geovanni have all since left, and would we really like to see any of them return in a player-exchange for Robinho? Also scoring for fun were Petrov and Johnson who have barely kicked a ball between them this term. Then there was Elano showing the sort of form we've not seen in over 12 months, and whose City career is proving a carbon copy of his time at Shakhtar.

Looking at the current squad, do you think there is any team in the premier league that would willingly swap their centre forwards for Benjani and Vassell? On the other hand, who would swap their left back for Ball, and their midfield enforcer for Fernandes? Or could cope without Petrov and Johnson?

Mark Hughes' transfer activity is hard to criticise. When we were still buying in Baht, and after he had Jo dumped on him, he brought in Kompany, Ben-Haim, Wright-Phillips, and Zabaleta; with his only cheque written in Dinar he's brought in Robinho. Add to this the non-sales of Dunne and Ireland and it's difficult to question his judgment when it comes to playing staff.

It doesn't take 'inside sources' to ascertain there may well be discontent within the club either. It can probably be expected when you have a truly world-class player amongst average players, and temperamental players who believe they're excellent but who barely deserve a place on the bench.

January will give Hughes his first real opportunity to prove his worth. Not only can he strengthen the squad but more importantly it's the first chance he's had to break up the cliques and negative influences he'll now be fully aware of. The players that leave will be as important as the players coming in.

To sack Hughes now should be unthinkable, but if we allow the murmurs of discontent to rise above a whisper, we will only have ourselves to blame when we are relegated the same season as becoming the richest club in the world. Then again, that does feel like it could be our true destiny.

Courtesy of BitterBlue

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Writer: BitterBlue Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 22 2008

Time: 8:33AM

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Have to say i agree with bitterblue.. it may be painfull just now but we have to stick with hughesy and give him a chance to turn things around. Just remember the rags were close to dumping fergie and i hate to say it.. look at them now... any team that has a long term manager in the prem is doin well so lets not go down the route we have so often! Its been 30 years of hurt boys.. another few months and i think we will turn the corner. CTID
belfastblue
If hughes only solution to every defeat is spend spend spend, then he is well out of his depth. What happened to his coaching badges? He had all summer to access the squad and he deemed it good enough. Thaskin gave him 20+ mill to spend, at blackburn he was lucky to get 5mill. zab, swp, benhaim, kompany havent actually improved the team, we have gotten worse. The table doesnt lie. I couldnt care less if hughes is young and british, hes young and dumb so far. City were 4th this time last year, the last time city had 18 points at this time, we were relagted under joe royle. All the bottom teams are winning now and reaping the rewards of a change of manager. It would be foolish to give hughes money and till febuary. It would only be short term solution and great PR for ADUG, and we would likely get relegated. As the players that would come to city will be money grabbers, cast-offs and has beens. No chance of kaka and villa under hughes mangerial skills and the dreadful position he has got us in the table. .Hughes has lost the dressing room. Hughes tactically stupid. Hughes cannot manage international/ different personalities (jo and elano), Hughes cannot organise/motivate city regulars (richards, dunne, hamman,elano) Huges didnt well in the summer. Hughes only used 442 at blacburn, he clearly doesnt know how to play a 433. Hughes plays palyers out position. Hughes signals out robinho for special treatment. Hughes demoralises players afters every defeat with the promise of spending, spending, spending in january. City can afford the best and hire the best, to be the best. Hughes isnt the best. Hes taking city down.
enzo city
but will the owners be brace enough to stick with MH.......only they know who is on the list of players to try and get.......so if they dont really agree with his list or what he is doing....then they will probably sack him any time now.......and they will also have someone lined up to take his place as well........so I think the next week will be the deciding factor as to wether he will be stull here till at least the end of the season...
lincolnblue
In terms of our management situation I think ADUG could bring in a top manager within days if they decide to do it. I have wanted Hughes to succeed and would still like to see him turn things round. But I now think he can't do it for us. If we don't win our next game I think he'll resign.
Sindbad
We won the next game 5-1. Hughes isn't going to resign. He can't make a habit of going so close to oblivion...
Sindbad
 

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