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If I Was Mark Hughes?

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I`m sitting at my desk in my office and thinking to myself how do I get my team out of this predicament. I have the royal family of Abu Dhabi breathing down my neck and the papers that just won`t leave me alone.

My Course of Action:

1) Go back to basic`s. Get the team playing basic football, one-two training programs that sort of thing. Tell anyone if they can`t perform on every occasion then the exit door will be looming.

2) Place Michael Ball, Darius Vassell and Gelson Fernandes on the transfer list, and tell Danny Mills to go out and earn his money by releasing him. (Beware Channel 5 viewers)

3) Start the Ball rolling on possible deals for:
- Kolo Toure (£8 million)
- Yaya Toure (£24 million)
- David Villa ( £50 million)
- Shay Given (10 million)
- Michael Owen (8.5 million)

4) Start producing some sort of Wining Mentality and instead of blaming the players every week, I will encourage them and believe in them.

After this I can sit back and watch my team cruise up the table and by the end of the year, we can be happy and reflect on a good year after finishing in the top 6.

My Team after January:

Zabaleta, Richards, Toure, Bridge
SWP, Toure, Ireland, Robinho
Villa, Owen

See why are these manager`s paid so much money, in my opinion it`s rather easy.

Joking aside, If you where Mark Hughes what would you do? Would you have the patience to sit through the hard times, or would you walk knowing that you tried? Who would you look to bring in? The Bellamy`s, The Nolan`s of the game or such talent as The Villa`s and The Owen's of this world.

Have your say on our forums or in the comment box below.

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Writer: amcollinz Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 6 2009

Time: 4:02PM

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So thats the line up sorted against pomper then.
Buzz Lightyear
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06/01/2009 17:54:00

Aaron Collins ha ha really easy then.U just put ur thoughts & Hughes actually need to go through it after all the deals are done.Secondly common u have trillions why 8,10,20 millions? No it mut be above 25 for any player.Why only Villa?Kaka,Messi,Eto where are they u have the money to get them even in Jan.
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06/01/2009 18:25:00

If Hughes is now running about looking to sign Premiership journeymen like Bellamy, Scott Parker, Santa Cruz, Lucas Neill -- then he must have been sitting on his hands since the Summer. There really must be negotiations for players who can not only guarantee a good end to this season -- but can also enable us to challenge Top 4 next season. If he hasn't been putting the work in then he will have only himself to blame.
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06/01/2009 18:43:00

I see you have a dream - have you woken up yet mate?
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06/01/2009 20:20:00

Tick Tock Tick Tock one player signed in nearly a week....maybe our next signing isn't a player.
City Girl
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07/01/2009 01:03:00 resign tommorow.
enzo city
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07/01/2009 01:11:00

I am not exactly happy that its only been one player up to now......he said he wanted to do afew deals early in the window.....and yet we keep hearing that there have been NO bids for all these different players......whats going on....???
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07/01/2009 10:12:00


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