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A Special Case In Need Of The Special One


Vital Manchester City regular, Derry sent us the following article.

Mark Hughes must be so fed up with the press, I feel sure he will have cancelled his deliveries from his local newsagent. Each story printed about City talks either of unrest in the dressing room or of how long is left on the Welshman's reign.

It is hardly surprising given the extraordinary events at Eastlands - fabulously wealthy owners, superstar signings, humiliating Cup defeats, facile league defeats and allegations of no good by players off the field.

Then there is that appalling away record - just one win away from home all season and only marginally better points haul from away games than Fulham, Stoke and West Brom.

All in all, just another ordinary day at City - assuming you've followed them as long as I have!

However, of interest today are reports that Jose Mourinho has allegedly hinted to friends he wishes to return to the Premier League next season - and what better place for him to come to than Manchester City?

Mourinho, whose record of accomplishment speaks for itself, is exactly the 'Special' manager that Manchester City need and if available, MUST get.

However, would Mourinho come to City? As far-fetched as it may seem to some, I think the answer is 'yes'.

Firstly, he would have far more resources to mould his team than he ever did at Chelsea. Producing another successful Premier League side would be the perfect slap in the face it would give to Roman Abramovich given the way his time ended there.

Secondly, the opportunity of turning City into a force right on the doorstep of his long time adversary Ferguson, may prove too tempting a proposition to turn down.

Imagine the scowl on Fergie's face should City actually have the audacity to win anything. Also, the sheer scale of City's 'project' in turning them into a world force and outstripping fierce rivals United may prove intriguing to him.

Time will undoubtedly tell, but for me, the summer cannot come quickly enough.

Many thanks Derry



The journalist

Writer: Derry Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday February 22 2009

Time: 6:13PM

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If mourinho came, it wouldnt take a genius to see that he would make city a success. Also the current squad would put in a extra 15% effort easily. Rinchards and dunne wouldnt be allowed to under perform so regulary. Top players would be attracted to city and city would no longer look like a joke to the football world. ADUG investment will be better spent under mourinho then hughes. If we are talking about eto, kaka, villa, benzema and buffon - then its common sense we get a top manager aswell. One who a winning track record, well respected and will raise citys global profile. I hope mourinho comes.
enzo city
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22/02/2009 21:36:00

I would hope that I wouldn't have to remind you that Chelsea's title winning team was built by Ranieri and not Mourinho.
The_Legend_Of_Zola
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22/02/2009 21:54:00

I hope that MH is given time and that he wins us the Uefa Cup. If he does then I think it will be impossible to fire him. And why would they fire him anyway? We've won nothing for over thirty years so the owners would hardly make themselves laughing stocks by giving the only manager to win anything the push. Now, if we don't win it or if we didn't already have a manager then I agree that the 'special one' as he/the press call him would be perfect for us.
kennyclementstache
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22/02/2009 21:57:00

The special one? If he comes I will pack it in after 64 years of mainly suffering! Yes we will win games - 1 -0 or 2 - 0 then shut up shop for eighty minutes ala Chelski so mind numbingly boring. no thank you let him stay in the sterile Serie A where he is perfectly suited.
jackblue
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22/02/2009 23:07:00

After yesterday i would like to see how Sparky performs for the rest of the season before making judgement.
Thaibluefan
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23/02/2009 03:02:00

Thanks for the comments folks. Enzo - agree 100% there mate! jackblue - if you are a blue, it's in your blood whether we have Mourinho, Hughes or Mike Bassett, I'd be amazed if you did turn it in. The Legend of Zola - no need for the reminder, I'm just of the opinion it was a case of Mourinho having the talent and ability to deliver and finish what Ranieri couldn't. After all, look at the record of both post Chelsea? Kennyc'stache & Thaiblue - it's only my opinion so probably counts for nowt, but whilst I'm 100% behind the team irrespective, I'm not sure we are strong or tenacious enough a side to be able to win the UEFA just yet. Would be absolutely over the moon to be proved wrong though!!
derry
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23/02/2009 07:26:00

We have to give MH till the end of the season and on yesterdays performance he may be around for a while.....
Doody
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23/02/2009 09:45:00

I'll be gobsmacked if he isn't given til the end of the season in fairness to him. I just don't think, based on this season's performances, he has it about him to succeed at City.
derry
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23/02/2009 09:58:00

This season has been a certified flop. City should be 5th - 7th. Over 130million spent and i see no improvemant at all since sven. A draw against liverpool wont keep hughes in a job...stoke and west ham got points at anfield. City fans are not grasping how big city can be with ADUGs vision and investment. Hughes will take four years to mount a title challenge and zillions spent. Mourinho or rykard would have city in the top4 atleast next season. In abu dhabi they wont be happy with how the season is going, they had to give him a chance because they bought the club in late august. Next season they can implement their plans effectively, get a CHAMPIONSHIP winning coach and buy top players. With chelsea, arsenal and liverpool loosing their "touch" the time is now for city to strike while the iron is hot. On the uefa cup debate - a well seasoned european team (fiorentina, ajax, hamburg, ac milan, werder bremen, zenit, galatasaray, valcencia, udinese, cska, stuggart) will give us real problems. Cup success isnt guaranteed with experienced teams still left in the competition.
enzo city
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23/02/2009 12:34:00

I like to watch good football... I don't want to watch pinch a goal and then get every man behind the ball and hold on. Sure I want success but I'd rather have great football. Mourinho is not the solution. Stick with Hughes. We need stability not constant change.
MCFC_Goatboy
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23/02/2009 13:16:00

Goatboy - I know what you are saying but, Mourinho gets his sides gelled, playing as a unit, playing for each other and very difficult to beat. It wasn't all 1-0's for them either otherwise Drogba wouldn't have had a 20+ season. You are dead on we need stability, but what kind of stability will we get with Hughes' appalling away record and dressing room unrest? Do we continue to give him millions to purusue his Santa Cruz obsession and turn us into a mid table side? Or would it be better for the club to get a proven winner of a manager who can take us to the next level in and give him that time and those resources instead? How can we justify sitting doing nothing with a mediocre manager when there will be better quality available in the summer?
derry
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23/02/2009 15:34:00

Derry, I tend to agree with you on a lot of your points. Ask me again in the summer!
kennyclementstache
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23/02/2009 19:20:00

 

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