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Players Put In Good Word For Hughes



Shay Given has today said that IF Manchester City sack Mark Hughes in the near future, they could be making the biggest mistake they could make.

He told The Sun:

'It's not rocket science that if you keep changing your manager every year you are not going to get stability at the club,'

'I do not want to see what happened at Newcastle happening at Manchester City and I hope Mark Hughes is there for a long time.'

'The longest-serving manager I had at the club was Bobby Robson and they were probably the most successful years I had at the club'.

'Then it was all change again, another manager, new players new ideas and at the end of it the changing did not do a lot for anyone.'

Shay Given also underlined the fact that success does not happen over night and City will have to work at it to achieve big things. His fellow Irish team-mate Ireland also vowed to play his best stuff in a bid to keep Mark Hughes in charge.
Ireland told the Mirror:

'I want to win for myself, the team and especially for the gaffer because I think it's really important he stays.'

'I really enjoy playing under him. A lot of the players are the same and want to win, but there's the odd time when someone switches off and we concede goals.'

'It's really important we start peaking over the last three months of the season. If we want to finish high up the table we have to go on a run.'

It`s even clearer now that thing are not all dandy at City. When players start supporting the manager you know something`s about to happen. It will be interested to see if any foreign City players such as Robinho speak out defending the manager and wanting him to stay. I hope we don`t do a Chelsea and have a divided dressing room.
Is it time Mark Hughes left, or should he have the chance to prove his worth over the next couple of years.




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Writer: amcollinz Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday February 21 2009

Time: 1:35PM

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Some of the stuff on Vital annoys me these days...and this is no exception. "It`s even clearer now that thing are not all dandy at City. When players start supporting the manager you know something`s about to happen. It will be interested to see if any foreign City players such as Robinho speak out defending the manager and wanting him to stay." Firstly - no it's not proof that things aren't good. The players get ASKED these questions, and they answer. How is the press asking City players questions about their relationship with the manager, and the players responding positively about him, a sign that things aren't good? Secondly, in fairness to him, Robinho has come out and put himself behind Hughes a few times! Or has everyone already forgotten that?!
Twosips
Agree with Twosips. Vital and all the other City forums should get behind the team the club the manager the tea lady the lot. Let the gutter press do the slagiing. We are supporters. So FFS support!
jackblue
It's the repetetive nature of these "we back the manager" quotes that has me worried. They sound a bit like the dreaded chairman's statement backing the manager. Yes the gutter press (is there any other kind?) have it in for us, but the frequency with which members of the playing staff are trotted out to say how rosy life is at City would indicate that it's not!
fifthcolumnblue
Why should anyone back something so blatantly wrong as Hughes as manager? The fans are always behind the club and the team. However, when something is not right, they have a right to express an opinion. Face facts, Hughes is simply not up to the job. He found his level at Blackburn and is clearly out of his depth at City as results and performances have shown. I wonder how Shay would feel should City bring in a top class manager who might actually use the resources at his disposal effectively and maybe even win us something? Would he still want Hughes then?
derry
I agree with derry 100% Its easy to make robinho the scapegoat, but he isnt picking the team, tactics or enforcing rules. I think hughes plays him to get the heat of himself. Robinho should be dropped, just like richards and dunne for poor form. Yet hughes still picks them??!?!?? Actions speak louder than words and the players should be prforming like they want hughes to stay. Not even his january signings look up to much. Id support a good manager anyday and not poor one.
enzo city
 

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