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Yes We Really Do Want Hughes As Our Manager

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Vital Manchester City resident Bitterblue sent us the following article.

With Chelsea sniffing after a new manager, isn't it about time we start to show some vocal support for Mark Hughes, and persuade Abu Dhabi as well as Hughes himself that we value him as our manager?

Everyone agrees we need stability, but then some miss the irony of always wanting that stability with a different coach!

What Hughes has achieved thus far is massively under-estimated. He inherited a group of egos who had been massively under-performing for months prior to his arrival. He banned the agents and friends from training, and upped the training schedule significantly. The fact this upset so many players only served to highlight the poor attitude and work ethos of the self-important.

Like petulant toddlers, a few have chosen to test his authority and on every occasion Hughes has acted with dignity and common sense. January has given Hughes the opportunity to loan out the disruptive influences of Jo and Ben Haim, while Elano appears to be fighting for a first team game again without even a whisper of discontent.

Despite the press derision, he has acted wisely in the transfer market, spending less than the sunburnt scrotum at Tottenham, and refusing to be held to ransom on various over-inflated deals.

We now have a squad that is significantly better in quality and depth than this time last year. Hughes is finally making his mark on the team, with his own players, style, and commitment.

Despite this, we need to remember we are still a team of individuals. No team can add this many new players to a team and expect them to gel immediately, but already the team is showing glimpses of the exciting attacking football we will be capable of when the players share a wave-length.

I confidently predict we'll improve further over the remainder of the season, and a top six finish isn't unrealistic.

We've waited decades for success; surely waiting another season is a better proposition than bringing in a new manager and starting all over again?

Many thanks go out to Bitterblue.

The journalist

Writer: Bitterblue Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 10 2009

Time: 9:44PM

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good article, I think it highlights perfectly what to expect from a manager in their first season- 'not too much'. Scolari's sacking shows that even the BEST managers can't get it right in such a limited amount of time. He has the management skills and the player pulling power but it still wasnt enough for Chelsea. We should stick with Hughes as it is rediculous to judge him by a few months of building a team. We need stability and we need the 'grand plan' to be carried out. This is not a 1 season project.
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10/02/2009 21:50:00

Does anyone get the feeling the tide is turning in Hughes favour. At one stage I must admit I wanted Sparky out, but like many other Blues, my opinion is changing.
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10/02/2009 21:57:00

Good article Bitterblue. I am with you 100%
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10/02/2009 21:58:00

Here, here! Nice to read a level headed positive article. Completely agree with you Bitterblue.
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10/02/2009 22:05:00

I'm far more pro-Hughes than I ever was pro-Sven, and although my knee jerked a bit after the West Brom result, I feel that we have a City legend at the helm. Hope Hughes will be around for at least 10 years and have a bag full of trophies by the time his tenure ends.
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10/02/2009 22:11:00

I hope that he does succeed. That said, I still think that you may be seeking a big name manager in the summer. I hope you stick with Hughes though!
Fan of Blues
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10/02/2009 22:21:00

you sure? you can have southgate if you want. please??????
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10/02/2009 22:23:00

Southgate, you mean that chap with the scruffy looking hair a teeth looking as though he could eat an apple through a letter box. Nah thanks, you can keep him.
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10/02/2009 22:34:00

yeah you know him, has a nose hines w=couldnt climb and a face my dog wouldn't lick, i would be more than happy to swap him for the man wtih the worlds whitest hair!
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10/02/2009 22:41:00

Well said Bitterblue. All those who want Hughes out are the same ones who wanted to keep SGE (he will be sacked by Mexico in the next week) and then wanted Scolari in thank god we missed out on him. Onwards and upwards with a very good young manager.
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11/02/2009 00:22:00

Tudor: "he could eat an apple through a letter box" LMAO!!!
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11/02/2009 02:42:00

Excellent article Bitterblue and i tend to agree with you but, i do feel that our owners will have the final say in this matter and not we the fans.
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11/02/2009 03:19:00

A good article bitterblue, if only we could achieve some sort of consistancy and do away with those away day blues. Pompey is an ideal place to start.
Buzz Lightyear
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11/02/2009 05:02:00

finally an article with good things to say about MH......the team WILL start to gel into something special.....its already starting to look much better.....
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11/02/2009 07:52:00

He will be replaced in the summer for mourinho or rykard. Makes sense to me. Id even take david moyes.
enzo city
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11/02/2009 13:00:00

Hughes will still be our manager next season, which I'll be very happy about. The owner has bought in to the vision Hughes and Cook have developed since September, when the takeover was completed. There is a 10 year plan and they're going to keep to it, especially as it still only 5 months in.
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11/02/2009 15:59:00

Hughes needs to be given time. Man City have come through some bad times and are not a top six side...yet! Hughes did a fantastic job at Blackburn with very little cash, he now has more than even he probably realises. De jong was a good purchase and i think that Kompany will improve as stability comes to the club. The fans have got to be patient and not expect too much too soon! Get 100's pounds in free bets @ (please gamble responsibly)
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