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Is Mark Hughes A 'Dead Man Walking'?

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Dare I say it but the majority of Manchester City fans are calling for our manager's head. Therefore, we ask the simple question, 'Is Mark Hughes A Dead Man Walking'?

Not only ours, but several other City forums are full of disgruntled fans all asking similar questions - is it time to get rid of the ex Rag?

It appears an awful lot of you have finally lost patience with the Welshman, especially after the humiliating way we exited the FA Cup on Saturday. Perhaps it wasn't the result that is close to breaking the camels back, but the way City players performed. In essence, it was an embarrassment.

With the above in mind, we have decided to run yet another forum poll, however on this occasion we ask the question...

'Is Mark Hughes A Dead Man Walking?

To vote, click here.

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I think so many of us are so demoralised following seriously raised expectations following Svengate and the takeover. The fact that so many players are not motivated to perform for Hughes or Manchester City is shocking. Maybe Robinho was right when he said a number of them were fearing the axe. I certainly didn't expect to see only 13 wins in 33 games considering the 7 players added to the squad last summer.
Johnny Baguette
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04/01/2009 17:09:00

strewth your lot are as bad as some of our lot who want Scolari to go - nothing like giving somebody a chance is there!
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04/01/2009 17:17:00

I admit that some of his lineups have been odd to say the least and he has been quick to fall out with players.
Buzz Lightyear
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04/01/2009 17:18:00

got it - how about we swap :-)
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04/01/2009 17:18:00

Just weighing up the fixture list. I reckon we need to beat at least 3 of Pompey, Wigan, Newcastle and Stoke this month to stabilise the league position before the squad becomes stretched again by the European games. A tall order, even with 5 signings this week.
Johnny Baguette
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04/01/2009 17:29:00

Merlin that would prob be better for both teams. Hughes is uncomfortable spending cash on real top level quality that we need despite our owners wanting him to. Chelsea does not want to spend anymore and want a man who is comfortable dealing and getting the most out of an existing good squad which Scolari is struggling with.
City Girl
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04/01/2009 17:34:00

Who will answer me this question ... Why, each time we won, we score a heavy goals .. 3 .. 5 .. 6 ?!!! Really when any one saw one of this matches he not believe this team lost 10 of 20 game!!!
city 81
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04/01/2009 17:47:00

I would'nt say dead man walking but more a man out of his depth. I would give him until the end of the season to sort things out. I ask does that one humilating performance Of Sven's 8-1, compare to the many defeats under Hughes?. If you ask me, Atleast Sven had the team together, and knew how to draw that wining mentality.
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04/01/2009 17:59:00

I miss sven. Id sack hughes tommorow. I reckon we will lose at pompey and im wary of wigan coming eastlands and getting something. Steve bruce would love that. Would 1point in the next two games be good enough?? seems like most fans are happy, im not.
enzo city
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04/01/2009 18:12:00

Hughes the best thing he do he choose good players when he buy, I suggest to keep him until transfer window close . :)
city 81
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04/01/2009 18:13:00

We can make excuses for at least 15 members of our squad until the cows come home but surely the facts are that for whatever reason they are not consistently good enough as first team players or reliable as first reserve for any club that wants to seriously challenge for honours. If I was Hughes and could see the axe swinging in my direction or if he had ambition, I would be ringing up hard up Valencia and offering them 100M cash providing Villa, Silva and central defender Albiol have signed for City by 9am Tues. I would also offer Barcelona 80M for Eto'o and YaYa Toure providing they sign by 9am Wed. A call would be in to At Madrid offering them 20M more than the Aguero release clause providing they help convince him to sign for us by 9am Thu. Get Marcos Senna at 15M, for a 32yo Villareal would sell. Then I would sign the level below. Hangeland and Bullard 15M would get them and lets face it they both played well against a strong City team. Aiden McGeady 8M to play on left or right as cover. Yes piles of cash spent but then we would have 4 world class forwards, 3 hard working central midfield players two of which are world class, dazzling first team and cover on the wings and 2 new international central defenders. Can you see us not getting top 1-3 next season with those squad additions and we have fastracked the lot in a week and given them 6 months to play together and guarantee at least 6th (bec of points we have to make up). They would all be busting a gut to protect their own reputations like Robinho does now for City. He plays better for us than he ever did at RMadrid on a consistent basis. It shouldn't take 3/4 years to bring in what we can sign in a week if we pay what it takes with our petrodollars. Can you see our arab backers saying oh I am not sure about Aguero, Eto'o, Villa, Yaya Toure and the back up band of internationals, we were thinking more of Bellamy and Parker to carry the hopes of Abu Dhabi.
City Girl
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04/01/2009 18:20:00

City Girl, you make it sound so easy, its like spending monopoly money, We really don't know how much hughes has been given to spend. For all the Sheiks wealth wont be as they say liquid assets the major part I would imagine be tied up in business ventures and only a small amount available for personal use.
Buzz Lightyear
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04/01/2009 18:57:00

City81, when we are on song there is no-one to berat us, but that its now a question of having enough fight in the side to come back against sides that score first or getting together enough enthusiasm to play in the first place.
Buzz Lightyear
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04/01/2009 18:59:00

Do you all honestly think changing the manager EVERYTIME results arent going is a good thing for any club? Thats not how club that's supposedly moving forward is run! You're all asking for a new and better manager but when he results don't go your away again,you'll be calling for his head! Players want stability and if you can't offer that, who in their right mind would like to come to your club?? Its not like you'll have a lot knocking to come in at the moment anyway but still.....stability is the word.
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04/01/2009 19:01:00

They can't sack Hughes at this time, with some transfers already done & others in the pipeline bringing in players he has chosen. Now he's made it to the transfer window, they'll keep him at least until the end of the season unless our league position doesn't improve, then they may panic & bring in a fire-fighter!
Ghost of 76
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04/01/2009 19:51:00

Buzz Lightyear: I actually cannot remember the numbers but Arabian Business or The National published something at the time of the takeover. I am sure the cash reserves of ADUG was mind blowing and they had put a temp budget of 500M for this year towards the City project. There is no such thing as a free press in the Arab states so I cannot see them printing numbers that have not been checked with the ruling family. They only shut up Al Fahim because he was attracting a pile of negative press which is the last thing they wanted and he said they could pay over 100M for each of a number of players. Haven't we virtually admitted to having an unlimited budget if you read between the lines. Whatever Hughes has been given Cook has already stated that does not include the money available for landmark signings like Robinho. We will not retain Robinho without finishing top 4 next season that is for sure and it is obvious he has been made promises as to our ambitions to convince him to sign for us. He confirms this everytime he bigs up City in his interviews. Despite all that, you could be correct with your assumption now though. They could have changed their strategy and lost interest in City. As such the plan for world domination has been rained in to just be an average premiership team which is what we will be with the Bellamys and Parkers of this world as our key signings.
City Girl
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04/01/2009 19:52:00

Sacking Hughes is not the solution now. Too late for that. We are now committed to a manager who has a plan (God only knows what it is). I was one who 6 weeks ago started to shout for his head. But I feel for the guy. He has serious issues with the players underperforming and looked sick and shocked after the wipe out with Forest. His players are letting him and the fans down. Morale is low and I figure the press and their constant sepculation on who's in and who's out is no help. We have to get behind the guy and help him with support and trust. Chopping off his head would be short sighted and a disaster in my opinion. Nah, we're on this road and the best way we can help City is to be loyal to the decision makers - no matter how much we may disagree or get frustrated. As supporters calling for the managers blood we may have to point a finger at ourselves if we go down coz mid stream the manager had to leave because the fans made his position untenable. We have a voice. Maybe we need to show some faith. After all, we don't have 500 million invested and yet those that do seem to know something we don't. The Arabs didn't get wealthy being stupid. They know what they're doing. Now is the time to be TRUE SUPPORTERS and support!!Let's judge at the end of the season and not distract MH or the players with boos and jeers. It is our responsibility to be true fans. Screaming abuse and shouting for the manager to be sacked makes us a powerrful ally of the Rags. They love hearing our dis-unity. Let's not give 'em that satisfaction.
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04/01/2009 21:16:00

Hughes has proven himself as a quality manager in the past but something is seriously off. Why the huge inconsistency in performances? I think he'll get sacked, to be honest.
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04/01/2009 21:21:00

I agree City girl, thinking in terms of Parker and bellamy is not the players that Taggart , Wenger, Benitez and scolari would be thinking, but we bottom half, not challenging for anything, Unlikely to be in any European Compettition next year, which attracts the best players, so Hughes has to build a team to get us into that postion in order to attract those calibre of players.
Buzz Lightyear
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05/01/2009 10:04:00

He wont get sacked ......certainly not yet anyway.......come the end of the season and if there is no improvement......then I think the owners may well think along those lines....and only then if they can bring in someone of the right calibre and experience....!!!
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05/01/2009 10:05:00
Buzz Lightyear
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05/01/2009 11:32:00

Enzo, you won't lose at Pompey! All you have to do is Man mark Crouch and look like you want the Midfield and hey presto there you have it Pompey on the rack! Ps. I'd take Hughesie anyday over that inept excuse that is Tony Adams
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05/01/2009 13:41:00

No point sacking him now, let him build his own team - but, rather than forwards a few defenders would be advisable.
Our Kids Dad
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06/01/2009 15:30:00


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