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Hughes Blasts The Negativity Aimed At City

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The City gaffer goes on the defensive over Kakagate and indicates this should be a time for us all to pull together...

Mark Hughes today defended City's efforts at attempting to sign AC Milan's Kaka.

There's no doubt that some of the unprecedented tidal wave of disdain aimed at City this past week, particularly from football hacks has been undeniably abusive and hostile.

Hughes calls for the positives involved in what took place to be recognised and for City to stick together:

'There's are a lot of negativity around what we do - or so it seems. I think that people have lost sight of what we were trying to do, which was to bring one of the best players in the world to Manchester City. We should be given a little bit of credit for that.

'We were not able to conclude the deal, but we got very, very close. There were a lot of things to be worked through and it was always going to be a long process, but it fell down and there was always a danger of that. From a footballing point of view, it would have been ideal to work with a player of that quality but it is not going to happen and we move on.

'The Kaka situation was one we had to move for. When you have the opportunity to go for one of the best players in the world, timing issues go out of the window. When you get the indication that a player of that quality could be available, you have to move quickly.

'We will use the negativity that has been used by others as a strength.

'We will build slowly, build correctly and make sure we are stronger in the future.'

'We have a plan with what we want to do, and I am delighted with the signings we have made. Craig (Bellamy) will open up space behind defences with his blistering pace, Nigel (De Jong) is a really strong individual with character and a good approach.

'Those are the kind of players we will continue to bring in and those kind of players who will make us strong.'

Are these words the first signs of the siege mentality we expected Hughes to bring to Manchester City?

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 22 2009

Time: 5:49PM

Your Comments

All the negativity has made us stronger, not weakened us, it has united (excuse the term) us, not divided us. We will stand together and we will win. The owners are serious men and they may Sheik but they won't break.
eighthsin
Our squad already have a state of the art gym built by the owner and the Academy is to receive greater funding and encouragement. The Stadium will be the club's, Etihad are coming in as sponsors alongside Puma I'm told. Hart, Richards, Ireland, Onuoha, Johnson, Sturridge, Weiss and Clayton will be the backbone of the squad as promised with top drawer players brought in to strengthen the team and it will be much to the angst of the Get City hystericals out there. Sheikh Mansour does not go back on his word.
Johnny Baguette
I think the Telegraph article if you can call it that was a personal attack on the City fans and the response from the fans of the club and other clubs including the old enemy have rallied to the cause, Mark Hughes is correct about the negativity, if he had been using Vital manchester City, he would have noticed that we have discussed this for months and this Kakagate has brought it to a head.I thought too why should Kaka want to come to City, but I looked at it the wrong way round and should have seen what the club was trying to achieve, the lad was obviously available and City went after him.We were triraded by the press for this and we are perhaps the only club that could have afforded to buy the best player in the world and bring him to City and that would have added one more world class player to the premiership.Well done City for attempting this and better luck for next star we go after.
Buzz Lightyear
I recall Henderson slagging Robinho for badge kissing when I struck that free kick against Chelsea and telling City fans to make the most of it because he'll be gone soon. I've heard word of a lot of Blues heading for the press box next Wednesday night to exchange notes with some hacks. Straight up.
Johnny Baguette
I would put a three match ban on the press box !!!
alphieblues
We have to get used to being hated, it's born of fear. I like the noises hughes is making, and I feel confident now about the rest of the season
Clevblue
Whats this 'plan' they keep talking about?? Plan will go NOWHERE if you don't win anything. Plan, plan, plan, plan......PERFORM on the pitch and then talk plan!
ForeverUnited
Whoever we buy we'll still go out of the cups at the earliest opportunity, so it might be a bit early for us to lose our loveable losers status. Didn't someone once say that City could wn the European Cup providing we avoided playing a pub side from the Faeroe Isles?
kennyclementstache
I see you found the computer 'on' button FU.(sounds rude but those are his uinitials) KCM, I still say that if you looked at the teams he put out against Bright and Forest , you would say 9 times out of 10 they were good enough to win. The mental attitude that Robinho refers to is correct, you have to believe you are going to win not just think that the opposiyion is in a different league than you and hope that you win.
Buzz Lightyear
....still looking for the "on" button....I wonder what this one does
lincolnblue
Lb its not the one that gets me to spell any better
Buzz Lightyear
I hope Hughes now starts to brickwall the Press. They will never give him a fair reporting because they promote the interests of the Top 4 clubs before any rivals. The best news is made by the eleven players in the first team.
Sindbad
The media is no different to most people they hate CHANGE with the top 4 always being the same and nothing much happening anywhere else in the PL they were comfortable. Now there is going to be serious change over the next year or two particularly with City and they feel uncomfortable so like everyone else faced with change they complain in the only way they know slag off at the people that are causing the change.
Doody
 

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