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Mark Hughes - Sparks Will Come!

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Carl Tilson, aka mcfcthriller sent Vital Manchester City the following article.

Mark Hughes - a former professional football player and a very good one for that matter, played for clubs such as Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona and of course his native Wales.

Getting in the first team to accomplish honours for clubs similar to those mentioned above is no easy task, and I for one have the most respect for what the Welshman achieved!

I hear a lot of talk from people, and for that matter, the press, about what they think is best Mark, and that he is a 'dead man walking'.

It's easy to blame the manager when things are not going to plan, but would you really want to play 'snakes & ladders' with the management?

Isn't this what we have being doing for the last 30 years, and as everyone knows, not winning any honours, while our rivals, Man United have stuck with their manager for over 20 years and look at them. They win virtually everything.

Well, I believe in Mark Hughes - yes, he might have made a few mistakes, but all managers do. The most important thing is that he learns from his mistakes, moves forward and makes sure it doesn't happen again.

People may question his attitude when it comes to certain players, but he doesn't suffer fools gladly - and that's the way it should be.

One cannot allow players to roam around as if they own the place, and then dictate what they want. Personality wise Mark Hughes is a very genuine and decent chap and I've even been fortunate enough to meet both Mark and Chief Executive, Garry Cook.

I really think it's unfair the amount of criticism City supporters give Mark Hughes, especially when he's trying to do his best.

Some people make criticism about his facial expressions and body language during and post match, however, at the end of the day he has a very hard job to do. Being a manager is a very stressful career - things go wrong - you get the stick, you have to have a strong mentality!

In addition, Hughsey is a very passionate man (having brought his mentality over from his football days), and who can blame him for showing emotion. It's better than having someone like our previous boss, Sven Gordon Ericsson, when nine times out of ten he showed no emotion what so ever. He always appeared to be smiling and planning where his next pay packet would be - will it be Europe or Mexico?

Sure, we have expected more from having new owners, staff management changes and money to spend, but we do have enough talent in our squad to survive relegation and I believe we will stay up this season. I also hold the honest belief that we could win the UEFA Cup. Now wouldn't that be something?

In my opinion, the players just need to keep their heads down, forget about the amount of money your team mates earn, ignore the press and work for each other. Be more confident, take risks, but most importantly, they should believe in their own ability.

Given time we will become a huge force, but we must be patient. As the saying goes, things come to them who wait. Keep the faith my fellow City supporters; believe in Mark Hughes and in the future.

City till I die.

The journalist

Writer: mcfcthriller Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday February 4 2009

Time: 2:06AM

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Great article, Thriller. We could do with you giving some of the half-time teamtalks! I don't think many fans question Hughesy's commitment to the cause and I desperately want him and City to succeed together. But he will be judged on results and this season we have lost ten Premiership games and won only eight. Also we were dumped out of the League Cup and the FA Cup when we should not have been. I hope Hughes gets it right but if the team doesn't start grinding out a string of results then I think he will be fired no matter how committed he is.
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04/02/2009 06:43:00

I agree Sindbad. He has to get the side firing and dealing with some of the uncompromising sides we face. He has shipped too many failures against technically lesser lights and four of our remaining league fixtures are away against the so called "Big Four."
Johnny Baguette
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04/02/2009 07:54:00

the next three months will decide it all for MH.......
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04/02/2009 08:37:00

Good point well made! I hate to say it but our fans can be our own worst enemy. We all agree we need stability but then ironically always want that stability with another manager!?! When we show so much discontent towards Hughes it gives the players a green-light to rebel. It gives the press the food and drink they need to keep us on the back pages, and it gives the board a dilemma! Hopefully our owners will ignore the (growing) minority calling for his head and stick to their long-term plans. This is our club and our manager! If we show 100% support then the footballing worlds derision becomes incidental. We need to ignore the press's speculation (where are the 100+ players they linked us with) and believe in what we have, otherwise we'll look back in a few years and question why we have an under-performing foreign manager when Hughes is bringing success to another premiership team!
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04/02/2009 09:17:00

We have all said that we are too lightweight acoss the middle and hopefull this will change with the introduction of De jong, but up front I bet we have the smallest attack in the league, yet they continue to put high balls into the box, instead of lhard low ones across the box.Great Article Thriller!!!
Buzz Lightyear
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04/02/2009 10:53:00

Great read thrller, ive said it all along, stick with a good young british manager in Hughes, and in time we will get our rewards. Just look how will Villa are doing this season, and the reason? Martin has been given a little time and money to sort his own team of players out. Hughesy will do the same, with the added bonus of a lot more
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04/02/2009 11:06:00

Nice one Thriller, sums up my own feelings regarding Mark Huges. When will all the moaners who go on about "agent Hughes" deliberately setting out to ruin our club realise that Mark Hughes is trying to enhance his career as a football manager, not ruin it out of some perceived vendetta against City? I agree that Hughes has made mistakes, some of them mystifying to say the least, but I'm sure I'm not alone in noticing that a lot of the problems with the side have been rectified of late. Things will definitely get better, let's all stop believing what the press are writing (and some of our players are saying) and back our manager.
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04/02/2009 11:17:00

Excellent final comment there fifthcolumnblue about players going public with criticism. There's bound to be friction when you get dozens of very ambitious people involved in the same project every day. And not every player can make the grade. But the team must "pull together" as Thriller says... Then the results will come.
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04/02/2009 13:07:00

One of the most valid points in the article is the constant change in managers. We do not give our managers enough time and support to get the results we see in other sides. The man now has a team with a lot of his own buys in it so lets see what summer brings.
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05/02/2009 00:27:00

Oh please, lose and draw or lose again in your next two games, and it'll be back to 'HUGHES OUT!'
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05/02/2009 03:23:00

Yo! ForeverUtd, how are things? Not suprised to see you back. I visited your site and boy was it quiet, I half expected to see virtual tumbleweeds floating across the site! Must say I do like your grammer and almost impeccable posting punctuation (no comma after 'games' though). Well done son, good to have you on board and best wishes to all (three people) at Vital Manure. Ciao for now X
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05/02/2009 11:30:00


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