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Why Mark Hughes Might Just Be The Right Man

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Vital Manchester City newcomer, butty 1 sent us the following article.

After Robinho did a Steve McQueen and escaped without notice from the City camp in Tenerife, you would have thought that this might warrant a lambasting publicly or not from Mark Hughes. Maybe if he was still at Blackburn, where Hughes suffered no fools this might have been the case. However, I think in Hughes` short tenure at City he has now realized that he has to take a slightly different approach with his City players than he did with his Blackburn squad.

This is not to say he will be going all-soft with the players, but I think Hughes is withdrawing some of his previous aloofness he had with this squad, which saw Mark Bowen acting as an agony aunt. Hughes has now stated 'an open door policy` this may have been in place from the start but with the rumoured unrest with certain City players, it is nice to see that Hughes has attempted to solve some of the problems himself rather than leave it to Bowen.

Hughes took the reigns from Graeme Souness at Ewood Park so it was a like for like swap if you will in terms of personality. Nevertheless, his predecessor at Eastlands Sven Goran Eriksson was notoriously renowned for his softly softly approach with big egos. I feel this mentality in the long run would have been extremely detrimental.

Hughes` arrival therefore was always going to ruffle a few of the players` feathers. His attitude to training and wanting to turn Carrington into a 'football factory` may have seemed alien to a City squad who had too much freedom under Eriksson.

In the short term this may prove an unpopular move with the players, but I feel all it will do is weed out the players who aren`t up for the fight (Elano et al) and reveal the players who are (Ireland et al) and in the long term it will turn City into a battle hardened team ready to finally win some silverware. I think this culture shock along with the British press linking us with every player imaginable has played a part in poor performances this season.

Hopefully when the transfer window ends it will put a stop to the media frenzy for a while and we can begin to concentrate on a season where we are starting to show form again in the league and still have a chance of winning the UEFA Cup.

Hughes came out yesterday and criticised the negativity aimed at City from seemingly the whole British press. For an aloof man he has certainly had his fair share to say recently, and this in a way is positive, if someone criticises his club he should feel obliged to defend it, albeit maybe not in the style of Rafa Benitez.

Before Hughes defended City Robinho also came out and defended the manager, playing down rumours of a bust up and saying that he respects Hughes as the boss. Maybe 'Robbie` realizes the mistake he`s made or realizes he`s in for a stern telling off either way it is nice to see City`s biggest star defending his manager. If Hughes can therefore inadvertently get support from Robinho I`m sure he can get the rest of the squad behind him and turn this season, albeit belatedly into a success story.

Many thanks go out to butty 1

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Date:Friday January 23 2009

Time: 8:42PM

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Interesting article. The press are doing everything in their power to undermine City as they look to protect their precious Big 4 - so many vested interests! I'm still not 100% convinced by Hughes as a manager, but the performance against Wigan was a real positive for me as in the past we have usually capitulated against the type of football teams like Wigan play (that's not a pop at Wigan either before anyone pipes up!)
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23/01/2009 21:00:00

Hughes has it all to prove. His results have so far been average, but some of his recruits, like Zabaleta and Kompany have done really well. I think the jury is still out, and what the Press says is of no relevance to whether Hughes succeeds or not.
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23/01/2009 21:51:00

I have wondered this season why he has played certain players out of position and i have wondered why he has played with one up front against Forest, and I wonder why he has signed Bellamy etc,ect. But for all my thoughts and those of many City fans all I want is for him to succeed and take our club to the top....and yes I did think he should have gone!!!
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23/01/2009 23:58:00

Until proven otherwise MH IS the man for the job he is the manager now, I for one do not want the club destabilised again by talk of a new manager at the end of the season. Please let us all get behind him and the team and see what we can achieve.
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24/01/2009 00:20:00

Romancity: I agree with every word. I am going to give him my full support now which is an about turn for me. We have been slaughtered so much over the last week that I refuse to kick a man when he is down. I hope he improves too and gets City the points you mentioned in another post.
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24/01/2009 04:30:00

good article Butty 1......and as I have been saying for a while now....MH has my support for this season at the very least......but I also still think that if there hasnt been a vast improvement to our current league position by the end of the season he will probably be sent down the road......
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24/01/2009 08:15:00

Have said all along in any post that i have entered,we have to stick with Hughesy and im sure he will get us moving sooner rather than later. Any of "his" signings other than Ben hiem have been or best players from the start..SWP,ZABS,VINCE,ROBBIE even though he might not have had alot to do with the ROBBIE signing i must admit. His latest moves in the transfer market look strong also in,BRIDGE,DE JONG AND BELLAMY,with poss. RSC,GIVEN and a strong centre half still to come. I think Hughesy can use the fact that everybody in the press and media seem to be knocking us and want us to fail as a positive and get the boys right up for the fight ahead.!!
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24/01/2009 11:36:00

Watching the Sunday Supplement on Sky this morning, they reckon that Hughes will be gone in the summer, because the Owners were disappointed after all that money that was on offer they still couldn't get Kaka to sign. I personally think that Kaka was the wrong person to move for first. I hope these hacks are wrong.
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