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Hughes Out! - To Find Better Players

Hughes Out! - To Find Better Players

Tottenham have just lost to Wigan and sit third from bottom in the relegation zone- 'Redknapp out! Redknapp out! Redknapp out!`

Sound familiar? No, because that`s not what Tottenham fans were chanting, it is what we would have been chanting if it was us.

If the Redknapp revolution at Tottenham - who have just signed an 'Experienced Premier League' player in Defoe - can still languish and lose games, we really need to look at ourselves and Mark Hughes and realise success cant all happen overnight.

This season is all about exploring the squad, shaping and molding a successful team. It takes a lot of trial and error to get right. Hughes has fielded a fair few players and some in different positions- playing Micah Richards at left back etc. People consider this as bad management but the fact is that Mark Hughes doesn`t know anything about these players until he has seen for himself what they can do and can`t do. He needs to know who he can trust to do what he wants.

Sir Bacon Face Ferguson when asked about Hughes stated: 'The art of management is building a team with balance, with certain characteristics that blend with each other - that's the most important thing.`

I think we can all assume he knows what he is talking about.

Hughes has tested people and they have passed or they have failed. It takes time, it takes patience. All the players who can`t do what he wants, he can now replace in the transfer window. Money doesn`t buy success but it can buy you the right players to achieve it.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Sunday January 11 2009
Time: 4:31PM


Don't do that! My heart was in my mouth when I saw the headline on NewsNow, calmed down a bit when I saw the article though!
11/01/2009 16:45:00
Dont sack him, please no, not until we have played you on Sturday any ways ;)
11/01/2009 16:46:00
Sorry, but what utter tosh. There are no reports emanating from WHL that Redknapp has fallen out with half of his team. I don't recall Redknapp taking a forward off to bring a forward on when he is 2-0 down in a Cup match? As for Richards at left back being a test - what's the next stern examination then? Zabaletta in goal? Mark Bowen up front? I don't normally lay into people for opinions as there are no rights and wrongs - but that piece has really riled me! Hughes has admirably demonstrated so far he does not have the capability, tactical nous nor wherewithal to manage a club considerably bigger than Blackburn. That is why a significant number of fans would like to see him replaced with someone who has these qualities.
11/01/2009 16:51:00
Derry, Hughes has been at the club for 5 months. He has had a squad plagued with injuries and terrible players. Can you really judge him after seeing so little? Redknapp hasnt set the league ablaze with Tottenham yet there is no doubt of a great team and manager. These things take time. No one likes losing games but we need patience.
11/01/2009 17:08:00
A dressing-room insider said: "Most of the players are right behind Hughes, but unless you have everyone pulling in the right direction at a club then you will get problems. "That's what's happening here. Some players know they haven't got a future at the club and others just don't like the manager. The lazy players under Sven may not like his boot camp training but he is a manager, not their best friend. Mark Hughes has been trusted to build a challenging City side and he should be given the time to build it.
11/01/2009 17:13:00
Agreed things take time. However given the squad we had was challenging in the top 6 up until December by which time everyone had fallen out with Thaksin over Sven - hence the decline - and was then strengthened with Jo, Robinho, Zabaletta, SWP, Tal Ben Haim and Kompany - one has to wonder why we have so many problems? One surely has to wonder why this manager cannot get a tune out of them? One has to wonder why it is acceptable to be hovering over the relegation zone and have been beaten by Brighton and Forest in the respective cup comps, in spite of the current manager spending in excess of £60m?
11/01/2009 17:18:00
The situation isn't the same, Redknapp is not an Arsenal legend! Hughes should NEVER have been appointed because of his Rag past - the fact that he has now proved himself to be a very average manager makes his sacking even more vital!
11/01/2009 17:21:00
strengthened with Jo and Ben Haim?! The rest were good buys yes, I do question him and some of our poor perfomances, but you cant say EVERY player has been performing poorly? Zab, Kompany, Ireland, Robinho, Sturridge and SWP have been great in nearly every game they have played. The rest have been awful and that includes 3 of our defence and to an extent Joe Hart. I think the squad just isnt balanced with the right people.
11/01/2009 17:24:00
None of the people saying he should be given more time are saying he is doing really well, they are just more patient. If we have made no progress by the end of the season I will be joining you!
11/01/2009 17:27:00
Lol! Indeed mate. And that is the point. He just hasn't been able to get the best out of the team consistently. If I'd been to a few matches and thought "yep we were unlucky there" on the wrong end of a defeat etc, then fair enough. But how many times (and be honest here) have you come away scratching your head wondering why he played the formation he did, made the subs he did, didn't change anything, where the next three points are likely to come from? Do you remember coming into that run of Boro, Wigan etc and the manager stating 'this is a great chance to get some points on the board."? How many points did we end up getting? I don't want to give him anymore time as it will surely end in misery based on the his first 5 months in charge. I do not want to give him more time as we are, for once in our lives, in the very fortunate position where we don't have to put up with mediocrity and can afford to poach a quality manager.
11/01/2009 17:34:00
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