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Australian resident and Vital Manchester City regular, Doody sent us the following article prior to Saturday's 1-0 win over Middlesbrough.

There has been a lot of press and posting on various forums calling for the sacking of Mark Hughes, with supporters well to the fore!

I must state up front that I am not a fan nor am I a knocker of Mark Hughes as our manager, the reason is it is too early to make a sensible well thought out decision. The man has only been our manager since the beginning of the season. He inherited a team that had five wins - 4 draws - 9 losses in its run from January to the end of the season in other words out of a possible 54 points we got 19.

To rebuild that team he has added some players that fans being fans felt would not have been their choice but fans are not restricted by money, time and reality. He has now started to create a team he feels can begin to change that downward trend of the latter half of last season.

The latest four new players have not yet even played one match together so they can hardly have become used to each other`s game, yet it is obvious from postings on all forums that supporters are nothing if not impatient, with instant results being the only criteria of success or failure.

We need to understand that getting the team right is not something that is going to happen overnight and therefore we need to stop judging him from Saturday to Saturday.

We need to take the same period from last season and compare it to this season and his team if we are to be fair. So why don't we reserve judgement until May, when we can then make a rational and informed decision based on the last 18 games of the season using his team.

By the way his score so far in the first three of those 18 games is 6 points from a possible 9 meaning we need to win 5 of our last 15 games to better last years performance. So let us see what his final tally out of the last 54 points is in May. Meanwhile, remember being a Manchester City supporter does not stop on the pitch it is about THE CLUB not just the team and management is part of the club.

This club needs some stability, we have had 17 managers since 1986, which is the year an unmentionable team hired a Scot, and while I do not admire that team, I do admire their stability and what it brings.

Mark Hughes will get from me the support he deserves as OUR manager until he proves himself or fails and that will be at the end of this season.

Many thanks Doody.



The journalist

Writer: Doody Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday February 7 2009

Time: 6:57PM

Your Comments

Good article, I find it hard to grasp why fans are being so impatient when we have been so abysmal prior to the Thaksin and Sheik takeovers. The team will take time to gel together and we need to keep Hughes where he is if we are to have any kind of stability at the club. People underestimate his job, he is not merely a coach shouting on the touchline and drawing dots and arrows on a whiteboard- he is involved in many aspects of the club and has been helping to develop fascilities and infrastucture.
eighthsin
Doody thats it exactly, you just can't go out and buy an instant success team. No matter what Manchester City do now, they will always be in the spotlight and every thing will be magnified out of all proportion. You say judgement will should be delayed till May, but having only the January window to get players in, we all found that that was difficult. I think a year in May, when Mr Hughes has has a full window to get the players he needs to build his team for the City of the future. Probably by next Christmas we will know if we are going in the right direction and I for one will be very surprised if we weren't.
Buzz Lightyear
Personally I think most of the criticism of Hughes aired in Vital has been considered, balanced and without acrimony. I am amazed how well he has been received by long-suffering City fans, especially after the Svengate sacking... The good will is there in spades -- Just look at the attendance figures. The only thing is that the results so far (half a season) are average by even City's historic measures, and in some ways poor. Oh I support Hughes as our manager, but I would prefer it if we were winning more often. If that's negative or anti-Hughes then I'm guilty as charged.
Sindbad
 

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