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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.

The journalist

Writer: Deejavvu Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 7 2009

Time: 8:23PM

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I hope things will start to get better before that or we are going to have even more trouble attracting quality players to a Championship club
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07/01/2009 20:35:00

it won't get that bad but there'll be no Euro footy!
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07/01/2009 20:50:00

110% Spot on regarding the situation, Deejavvu. I am very concerned over the lack of football people running the club.
Johnny Baguette
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07/01/2009 20:51:00

Sorry Deejavvu I am not with you, The Luckiest Man In Football is Danny Mills :)
city 81
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07/01/2009 20:57:00

Welcom Deejayvu, good insight. I totally agree about the lack of "football savvy" in the board room team -- however I think the strengths in development of world brands could be key to the development of City. Football Club -- but also expanding business and brand. One of the critical steps will be the business decision to buy COMS and develop the immediate area into a multi-sport complex. A business rather than football decision. That takes businessman rather than "Brian Cloughs." It really does appear that Hughes has been given the job of filling all the gaps in expertise where the football decisions need to be taken. I agree with you this makes him a very lucky man. But the other strengths of the corporate team should be appreciated for what they are. The economic climate we are entering into could mean many football clubs at all levels will get into financial difficulties. It could turn out that City are one of the best placed to take advantage of new realities. I'll make a prediction here. I see Hughes staying. But I also see the appointment of a European-style Director of Football before the end of the season.
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07/01/2009 21:11:00

based on your theory about non savvy chairman and board Deejavvu,and a relatively inexperienced Manager. Then by all accounts Mark Hughes happens to be the most experienced person at the Club. I am sure that their ability to run several successful businesses and make enough money in doing so, they can grasp the realities of running a football club and start to make the club grow commercially. They have relied on Mr Hughes to supply them with a list of players required to progress the team into the next phase. Getting players in the January window has always been difficult, Changing the manager does not alter the fact that the board will still remain inexperienced. Therefore we should give Mr Hughes more time to show us what he can do for this club.If however the unthinkable should happen and we find ourselves not in the top flight at the end of the season, I would reconsider Mr Hughes future with the club. I do feel that if City put 4 or 5 wins tother, then this will all go away and everyone will be happy and backing Mr Hughes once again.
Buzz Lightyear
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07/01/2009 22:45:00 isnt that lucky, judging by our position in the league. I cant disagree with the column above. I think ADUG's PR advisors have advised them to keep a "nice" image. Hughes isnt their choice and as owners they have right to employ and sack, whoever, whenever. But even if a miracle does happen and city finish 7th - 10th, i still believe he will get the sack. He has to. Top players will be attracted in the summer, not in january in the midst of a dog fight. Hughes is lucky because he is a fergie disciple, any attachment to uniteds success coming city, will always blind some city fans. But if we are going by the facts and results - hughes has to go. Our current squad should be challenging everton and villa. I ask this question... hughes or rykard? hughes or lippi? hughes or ancelotti? hughes or hitzfiled? hughes or mourinho? Anyone saying hughes should see their doctor immediately.
enzo city
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07/01/2009 22:59:00

i feel pitty for you
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07/01/2009 23:01:00

Bottom line - ADUG bought city to rival United and become the biggest football club in the world. That is their stated goal. To create interest and following they need to buy big Marquee names. Names sell merchandise. I'm guessing the short term plan is to see MC get to a position where such names will be attracted along with the $$$. Hughes may be the "domestic" manager, set to create a foundation. My guess is, when that's achieved then a flash manager will come in to assist the attraction of the stars.MH will make a bundle in severance pay and bonus. I believe MH can achieve top 10 if he gets the players. Champions league top 4 will be manager Mr Flash - whoever he is. When Int players see a real improvement and potential then they'll come. Bottom feeding in the PL is not helping Hughes in getting anyone at this stage. I believe Hughes will keep City up and in the top half. I don't see him taking us to the Top4 anytime soon.
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08/01/2009 04:20:00

and most of these comments are proving to be true with the distinct lack of signings in the first week of this window........I expected at least 3 signings by now.....and only 1 at this stage is saying that players just dont want to come to us at the moment....even for the big money......if he doesnt get some fresh blood into the team...and very soon....we are going to struggle big time to even get out of the relegation area....with the lack of signings this week and injuries and the suspension of SI......I just cant see us even getting a point at Pompy.....!!!! the way...good article deejavvu....looking forward to many more...
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08/01/2009 09:17:00

It looks like we are making a concerted effort to sign someone before the friday lunch deadline, Bids for RSC and a double on Parker and Bellamy both rejected., also says the no bid made for Given as far as he dosen't think.Significant the wording at the end there. Also reports that we are interested in David trezerguet, coming back to fitnes, but the club have issued a hands off.
Buzz Lightyear
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08/01/2009 11:00:00

I thought Alex Ferguson was the luckiest man in football.
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08/01/2009 12:15:00

Mark Hughes has the backing of around half the fans of the greatest club in the world! Common u must me kidding.Dejavu there is a big diffrence between the Richest & the greatest Club!
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08/01/2009 13:57:00

Nice of you to Point that fact about Chelsea out, Saimon_blues
Buzz Lightyear
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08/01/2009 15:18:00

thanks Buzz Lightyear.Yes I am a very realistic guy & I have no shame to say Chelsea is one of the heavyweights in England & one of the best clubs in the world but not the greatest.I am not like your city friend who thinks having money makes a club best & if we are still quite a distance of being Greatest then u are no where near it even with all your money.Only in dreams.
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08/01/2009 15:42:00

Ford escort? We're at least a Capri!
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08/01/2009 15:46:00

I would say we are a Honda Jazz - cheap to run and ultimately satisfying.
Mikey D
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08/01/2009 20:51:00


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