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No Player Is Bigger Than Manchester City, Robinho

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Mark Hughes confirms from Tenerife that City's record signing flew home for his birthday this weekend without the club's permission...

The City gaffer spoke about Robinho's absence to the Official City Website from the team's Canary Island's training camp:

'Robbie left without permission, he felt that he had personal things that he needed to attend to. He made the decision to leave the camp, and go back to Brazil. That was not with my permission, and the situation at the moment is not really practical to get him back here with time differences and length of flights, so he will be back at the weekend ready to train when we are back in Manchester at the first available opportunity.

'Once he is back, I will sit down with him and explain my feelings, and decisions will be made after that. He has rung me, and he understands that we need to address this - and we will. Then we will move on.

'He obviously felt that there were certain things that he needed to address back home, and so, wrongly, he made that decision to go back to Brazil. But he will be back at the weekend, then we will make sure that he knows my feelings and I am sure we will get a more detailed explanation from Robbie.'

Not good enough, Robinho. Hughes, with the full backing of almost every Blue, I'd wager, has every right to throw the book at the coveted superstar.

Robinho is the biggest footballing name to play for Manchester City in the modern era and has brilliantly answered the critics who queued up to say he would fail to adjust to Premier League football, but he would do well to not get on the wrong side of City's supporters who have welcomed him with more than open arms.

Hughes said he relished the prospect of being tested as never before when he accepted Thaksin Shinawatra's offer to manage City and Robinho's flight from a squad bonding trip is likely to test his man management skills in a way he probably never envisaged.

Robinho, no matter what our club's standing, team or manager's performances and capabilities are, you are either with us, or you're not.


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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 22 2009

Time: 12:27PM

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I am sure MH will show Robbie who's boss. Then I expect to see a superstar performance against the Barcodes. What price JB getting sent off for lashing at fresh air as Robbie waltzes past him !!!
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22/01/2009 13:34:00

Barton back for that one? Bring it on!
Johnny Baguette
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22/01/2009 13:35:00

Look back at our history, you know full well that if Barton plays he'll score against us. Lee Bradbury used to do it everytime, Anelkas done it, even Danny Allsopp did it once. Can't think of any others but I'm sure theirs plenty.
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22/01/2009 14:07:00

Of course no player is bigger than the club. Neither is a manager bigger than the club and I am not sure why Hughes chose to share his views on this with the Press before he has had a meeting with the player... The best managers handle team issues within the team not in newspapers or on the TV.
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22/01/2009 14:48:00

You've got a point there Sindbad, but Hughes may have chosen to speak out via the club's website as the story was already very public and Robinho had issued a website statement about his vanishing act. Furthermore, Kakagate has led to City receiving shocking press. The club cannot afford to be seen to pandering to a superstar with no game for another week to take attention away from the situation. If I was his team mate I would be seriously hacked off and sadly, this situation only serves to underline problems within the City squad.
Johnny Baguette
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22/01/2009 15:05:00

Damned if you do and damned if you don't. MH appears to be in a no win situation if he says nothing the fans cry out for some news and reaction, if he says something then it's a case of keep it indoors....Who would be a Manager ???...
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22/01/2009 16:17:00

Spot on, alphie. I don't envy Hughes' position one bit.
Johnny Baguette
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22/01/2009 16:25:00

You'll have to write that in portuguese and stick it infront of his jersey then.
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22/01/2009 16:31:00

Sorry we dont have any fat Rooney type players with shirts that big to fit it all on.
Buzz Lightyear
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22/01/2009 17:02:00

the barcodes game will now be a big test of Robinho's character......
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22/01/2009 17:07:00

Well come on guys lets be fair to Robinho! He said that it was a miss-understanding so what’s happened is, he probably asked someone from mcfc if it would be ok and they may of said yeah, so he thought that’s his permission and went off to the airport but he should of made sure with Hughes first!
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22/01/2009 17:50:00

You must admit that a player leaving a team training and bonding trip is unprecedented, thriller. Whichever way we look at it he's out of order.
Johnny Baguette
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22/01/2009 17:53:00

I've seen the odd Sunday league player who's probably bigger than their club....... City 'til I Grow Up!
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22/01/2009 22:32:00

It could just be Robbie testing his position in the club following the Kaka saga.
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23/01/2009 19:17:00

Robinho is the most exciting player I have seen in a City shirt since Kinkladze. SWP has the most heart but Robinho's touch is magic. Your mission Mr Hughes, should you choose to accept it, is to create a Blues team which consistently performs magic. This tape will self-destruct within the next...
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