Why Is Mark Hughes The Luckiest Man In Football
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Just how lucky is Mark Hughes in this day and age. The world is down on its knees due to financial meltdown, the country is nearing recession, everyone is tightening their belts, and even Mr. Abramovich is feeling Pinch.
Yet here is a semi-experienced manager whose greatest achievement was keeping Blackburn in the top half of the table. He has no experience of handling big players, he has no handling of mind-boggling sums of money, and he was plucked from a very comfortable job at keeping Blackburn in the top division and thrust into what would soon become the hottest seat in world football.
Now I don't blame Mark Hughes for wanting to take this job on, be honest, when you're driving a ford escort and someone throws you the keys to a Ferrari, it's the easiest decision in the world.
So why has it all gone wrong? And why does it seem that it's going to get worse before it gets better? I might cause a slight bit of controversy In my very first article but here goes……Who at the football club, has experience of running a football club???
Garry Cook a PR executive from Nike sports merchandise. Granted he has connections in the sporting world, but has never been actively involved in a football club before.
Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, an Emirati businessman who specialized in construction and real estate
Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan is a member of the royal family of Abu Dhabi. He has won endurance races in horse riding.
Other directors of man city are Martin L. Edelman, Simon Pearce, Victor Restis and Taweesuk Jack Srisumrid. Not a lot of information is available on these chaps but I'm sure they are not the main decision makers in this set up. That would be down to Garry Cook, who has been given the role of running this football club and working close with Mark Hughes.
Surely if Mark was in this position with a football club that were not squillionaires, then the P45 would surely have been filled in and posted to him by now. The owners are very patient, but did they envisage buying themselves out of trouble after only a few months.
With the threat of relegation open to half the teams in the premier league at this point in the season, then most clubs would start looking at long term contingency plans, tightening belts, maybe looking at a change of manager to try and steer themselves away. The cost of relegation is worth so much to the business plans of clubs nowadays and most clubs would not throw money around willy nilly to try and buy themselves out of trouble.
I will come to my conclusion, Mark Hughes has cash to spend in abundance, Mark Hughes has bosses who have never run a football club and truly understand the risks involved. Mark Hughes has the backing of around half the fans of the greatest club in the world but unfortunately, he doesn't have the backing of this one.
I think it is a matter of when rather than if he will get sacked. It will not happen In January because there is no one else to take over at the moment, but definitely in the summer there will be a change of captain at the wheel and that's when things will start to take a turn for the better.
Date:Wednesday January 7 2009