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I`ve never really liked Mark Hughes and I`ve never denied that fact. Through some games though I have to say he`s made some right choices and the team have performed well but this awful away record and the questions raised over his squad selection have over balanced the positives and our club is looking negative for most occasions. What is the next step that City should take?

Apart from the UEFA Cup, their really hasn`t been to much for us fans to shout about. The 6-0 thrashing we delivered on Portsmouth got the fans applauding but it didn`t take long before things started to go wrong. The signing of Robinho was also another happy time for the club but that had hardly anything to do with Mr Hughes. So what exactly has Mark Hughes achieved from this so called "blank cheque book"?

To be fair the signings of Bellamy, Kompany and De Jong have shown that Mark Hughes has an eye for good talent. However his failure to bond the team together and get them producing the flashy football that was produced under Sven is still a mystery to me. When Hughes managed Blackburn they were known for their work-rate but lacked that class to send them further. At City, Hughes has that class in abundance but somehow seems clueless in finding the form that could see us in the top 6 where we belong. I know City are not the strongest bunch of players but what they lack in psyche they more than much with skill. Elano is one of the main players for City who has fallen victim of this. Is Hughes right in dropping the lad, just so City can add a bit more "bite"?

It`s been proven that when Elano is brought on he changes the pattern of the game. His eye for that final ball is something City have been missing recently, and I am completely mystified to how Elano is not picked from the start. Hughes`s squad selection is something I hardly ever agree on. I am one of those fans that loved the attacking approach Keegan supplied to us. So to see every line-up a 4-5-1 is disappointed especially when Caicedo has excelled this season. I know that when Petrov comes back it may be a completely different story but it`s too late for Hughes to blame his injuries on the performance of a team he selects.

Is it time Mark Hughes is sacked? Or should he be given more time to deliver? If you ask me, Hughes is a man out of his depth! The UEFA cup is that last piece of string holding him up and even if we do manage to win the cup, I still would like to see another man in-charge regardless of our final position. Robinho and Co will work better from a Manager they respect! Rant over!



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Writer: amcollinz Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday March 2 2009

Time: 6:06PM

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Think perhaps the main problem with this team is ROBINHO! Super talent that he is, he's not really produced anything at all away from home, and he seems to throw a good strop. Perhaps it is time for the unthinkable and Rob spends some time on the bench? No player is bigger than the manager or club, but I just get the impression Rob thinks he is. Reckon he will engineer a move away from us in the summer anyway, so all of his talk of loving the club, being the best player in the world etc., is just that - talk.
fifthcolumnblue
Think perhaps the main problem with this team is ROBINHO! Super talent that he is, he's not really produced anything at all away from home, and he seems to throw a good strop. Perhaps it is time for the unthinkable and Rob spends some time on the bench? No player is bigger than the manager or club, but I just get the impression Rob thinks he is. Reckon he will engineer a move away from us in the summer anyway, so all of his talk of loving the club, being the best player in the world etc., is just that - talk.
fifthcolumnblue
This is a make or break month in every sense. Do the City hierarchy press the panic button or dig in? It's absolutely down to the next few results.
Johnny Baguette
This is a make or break month in every sense. Do the City hierarchy press the panic button or dig in? It's absolutely down to the next few results.
Johnny Baguette
Personally I'd like to see Hughes given an extension to his contract, if only to stop the rumours which are undermining his authority at the club. Stability is the only way we'll improve, and only when the players know Hughes is here for the long-term will they have to accept the situation or find another team to mug. Elano stopped performing months before MH arrived, and when he's played this season he's been a constant liability. Our best players are those Hughes has brought in because they want to play for him. By next season he'll be able to field 11 such players and then we'll see his true credentials. Keep the faith or we'll reap what we sow!
BitterBlue
It looks more and more like MH will be off in the summer ....pity because I was hoping for some stability, but it is not to be.
Doody
It looks more and more like MH will be off in the summer ....pity because I was hoping for some stability, but it is not to be.
Doody
Personally I'd like to see Hughes given an extension to his contract, if only to stop the rumours which are undermining his authority at the club. Stability is the only way we'll improve, and only when the players know Hughes is here for the long-term will they have to accept the situation or find another team to mug. Elano stopped performing months before MH arrived, and when he's played this season he's been a constant liability. Our best players are those Hughes has brought in because they want to play for him. By next season he'll be able to field 11 such players and then we'll see his true credentials. Keep the faith or we'll reap what we sow!
BitterBlue
He's made some good signings but it's been a bad season. I never wanted Hughes in the first place. He's here now though so we need to stick with him. We need stability. What has chopping and changing manager every year done for us for the last 20 years? I honestly believe we need to give him a minimum of 3 seasons and then we can begin to judge him.
MCFC_Goatboy
He's made some good signings but it's been a bad season. I never wanted Hughes in the first place. He's here now though so we need to stick with him. We need stability. What has chopping and changing manager every year done for us for the last 20 years? I honestly believe we need to give him a minimum of 3 seasons and then we can begin to judge him.
MCFC_Goatboy
Stability full stop. About Elano. Elano unless you are blind has not played his part since November 2007. When he came on against Copenhagen for Zab, he almost cost us the game. Touched the ball 4 times and gave it away 4 times. He only ever plays well when Johnson and Ireland have done all his work for him. Useles dump this liability.
jackblue
Stability full stop. About Elano. Elano unless you are blind has not played his part since November 2007. When he came on against Copenhagen for Zab, he almost cost us the game. Touched the ball 4 times and gave it away 4 times. He only ever plays well when Johnson and Ireland have done all his work for him. Useles dump this liability.
jackblue
dont sack hughes.....................................................................................................................................................til the season has ended then do it.
bluemooner_mcfc
I for one am a MH fan. We must give him time not sack him. We must have stability!!
shauny
dont sack hughes.....................................................................................................................................................til the season has ended then do it.
bluemooner_mcfc
I for one am a MH fan. We must give him time not sack him. We must have stability!!
shauny
I must agree we need stability BUT after spending 120/130m we are worse off than this time last season. Yes we are still in the UEFA Cup but does anyone think we will win it and lets not forget we were knocked out of the domestic cups by Brighton and Notts Forest at home 0-3 a game where we playing a team second from bottom in the league below us with a formation of 4-5-1 and brought on Hamman when 0-2 down - a good attacking option to try salvage something. Behind the scenes there seems to have been good things but for me the first team selection and tactics have not been good to say the least. We seem to try go for 60minutes and try not conceding and then try to score but by this time we are usually behind and chasing the game. We have enough quality to get in front and stay in front but need to go at it from the start of a match. I don't particularly want to see the back of Hughes but he just can't seem to get it right. I do believe tyhat deep down he craves success for City as we all do. Perhaps we could maybe do what he has done to Joe Hart and bring in an older wiser head to guide him for a year or two, though I don't think he would accept this however it would be great to recreate the "Mercer and Allison" days when we used to win stuff........I WISH.
romancity
I must agree we need stability BUT after spending 120/130m we are worse off than this time last season. Yes we are still in the UEFA Cup but does anyone think we will win it and lets not forget we were knocked out of the domestic cups by Brighton and Notts Forest at home 0-3 a game where we playing a team second from bottom in the league below us with a formation of 4-5-1 and brought on Hamman when 0-2 down - a good attacking option to try salvage something. Behind the scenes there seems to have been good things but for me the first team selection and tactics have not been good to say the least. We seem to try go for 60minutes and try not conceding and then try to score but by this time we are usually behind and chasing the game. We have enough quality to get in front and stay in front but need to go at it from the start of a match. I don't particularly want to see the back of Hughes but he just can't seem to get it right. I do believe tyhat deep down he craves success for City as we all do. Perhaps we could maybe do what he has done to Joe Hart and bring in an older wiser head to guide him for a year or two, though I don't think he would accept this however it would be great to recreate the "Mercer and Allison" days when we used to win stuff........I WISH.
romancity
For me it's all about how we do in our European campaign. So long as we stay in the competition then Hughes will stay - if we get knocked out then our season is over and maybe our owners will want a change of manager.
Thaibluefan
For me it's all about how we do in our European campaign. So long as we stay in the competition then Hughes will stay - if we get knocked out then our season is over and maybe our owners will want a change of manager.
Thaibluefan
Its stupid to blame citys problems on robinho. I dont recall him scoring 4 own goals (dunne) or performing consistently crap home and away (dunne, richards,ball,benjani, elano etc) He doesnt pick the team or tactics, any half decent manager would bit their hands of for our top goal scorer. Imagine how martin oneil or david moyes would manage robinho or elano. Neither of our brazilians have wasted 130 million, pick the team or are the MANAGER. If hughes doesnt like em, he should drop them! He wont do that because the city job is way to big for him and we cant afford to a give thropyless, underperforming manager a 3year stint to experiment till he may get things right. A eperienced manager with throphy laiden cv would obtain results, performances, respect and throphies almost instantly, with the money we have behind us. Its simple - the new owners didnt appoint hughes, they gave him a chance and backed him numerous times. So they have the right to sack him and employ their OWN man. Its only fair and anyone in their right mind could understand that. Secondly i doubt city have a real chance of uefa cup success because we havent played a decent team yet and eperienced, better teams are left in the competition. Even if hughes won the uefa cup, id still sack him.
enzo city
Its stupid to blame citys problems on robinho. I dont recall him scoring 4 own goals (dunne) or performing consistently crap home and away (dunne, richards,ball,benjani, elano etc) He doesnt pick the team or tactics, any half decent manager would bit their hands of for our top goal scorer. Imagine how martin oneil or david moyes would manage robinho or elano. Neither of our brazilians have wasted 130 million, pick the team or are the MANAGER. If hughes doesnt like em, he should drop them! He wont do that because the city job is way to big for him and we cant afford to a give thropyless, underperforming manager a 3year stint to experiment till he may get things right. A eperienced manager with throphy laiden cv would obtain results, performances, respect and throphies almost instantly, with the money we have behind us. Its simple - the new owners didnt appoint hughes, they gave him a chance and backed him numerous times. So they have the right to sack him and employ their OWN man. Its only fair and anyone in their right mind could understand that. Secondly i doubt city have a real chance of uefa cup success because we havent played a decent team yet and eperienced, better teams are left in the competition. Even if hughes won the uefa cup, id still sack him.
enzo city
You will never get stability if you keep changing managers and after every defeat we get this question. We could win 10 on the trot and lose one and someone would be up for sacking the manager.To sack Hughes would be just another excuse for the press to have a go at us. They will bring back how many managers we have had etc. The loss against Wham was not down to Robinho but generally the players still looked tired and that may have been down to too many games in a short period and not enough quality to rotate the squad. If we had won comfortably in Denmark, Hughsey may have had the chance to change the team on the hiome leg. Spuds and Villa both threw away their chance to progress becuase Spugs were in the final of the league cup and Villa wanted to kerep fouth place. Should we have played a weakened side, no of course not. My only critiscm of Hughesy on Sunday was Caceido for Richards. It didn't make sense, when Wham were bossing the midfield. Hughes to stay.
Buzz Lightyear
You will never get stability if you keep changing managers and after every defeat we get this question. We could win 10 on the trot and lose one and someone would be up for sacking the manager.To sack Hughes would be just another excuse for the press to have a go at us. They will bring back how many managers we have had etc. The loss against Wham was not down to Robinho but generally the players still looked tired and that may have been down to too many games in a short period and not enough quality to rotate the squad. If we had won comfortably in Denmark, Hughsey may have had the chance to change the team on the hiome leg. Spuds and Villa both threw away their chance to progress becuase Spugs were in the final of the league cup and Villa wanted to kerep fouth place. Should we have played a weakened side, no of course not. My only critiscm of Hughesy on Sunday was Caceido for Richards. It didn't make sense, when Wham were bossing the midfield. Hughes to stay.
Buzz Lightyear
Same old question, still no definitive opinion. Mine for what it is worth is give Hughes another season. Didn't want him but now he's here he needs to be given a chance. Anyone who thinks Elano/Robinho's attitude is great should compare them with SI/SWP's. Drop them both for the next away game, put our Number 10 on the bench (and hope we win!).
kennyclementstache
Same old question, still no definitive opinion. Mine for what it is worth is give Hughes another season. Didn't want him but now he's here he needs to be given a chance. Anyone who thinks Elano/Robinho's attitude is great should compare them with SI/SWP's. Drop them both for the next away game, put our Number 10 on the bench (and hope we win!).
kennyclementstache
KTC, Hughes would go up in my estimation if he did drop Robbi to the bench on the next away game, It might actually stir him to do something about why his away form is so poor.
Buzz Lightyear
KTC, Hughes would go up in my estimation if he did drop Robbi to the bench on the next away game, It might actually stir him to do something about why his away form is so poor.
Buzz Lightyear
My only wish is for City to be a success. That's the dream. Stability is a nice to have element which could mean successs can be sustained. Stable failure is not a thing which gives me joy. What stability is Hughes bringing into the club? No successful stability at all, as yet. However I do desperately want Hughes to succeed and quick. If he fails, though, the guy's on his own as far as I'm concerned.
Sindbad
My only wish is for City to be a success. That's the dream. Stability is a nice to have element which could mean successs can be sustained. Stable failure is not a thing which gives me joy. What stability is Hughes bringing into the club? No successful stability at all, as yet. However I do desperately want Hughes to succeed and quick. If he fails, though, the guy's on his own as far as I'm concerned.
Sindbad
true words sinbad
enzo city
true words sinbad
enzo city
Why worry about the press speculating about us when we can do it quite well ourselves. Why don't we just leave off all the sacking MH stuff until the end of the season, it's just so f*ing negative reading about it on here all the time. No way are we going to sack him whilst we're in Europe. We get enough ***** from the press without dredging up more ourselves just to create a thread. If we sack MH the same people who wanted his head will be whinging about our lack of stability. And no, I'm not a MH fan but as he is OUR manager I'd like him to have a proper go at the job, ie next season.
kennyclementstache
Why worry about the press speculating about us when we can do it quite well ourselves. Why don't we just leave off all the sacking MH stuff until the end of the season, it's just so f*ing negative reading about it on here all the time. No way are we going to sack him whilst we're in Europe. We get enough ***** from the press without dredging up more ourselves just to create a thread. If we sack MH the same people who wanted his head will be whinging about our lack of stability. And no, I'm not a MH fan but as he is OUR manager I'd like him to have a proper go at the job, ie next season.
kennyclementstache
After the Villa game - I've changed my mine on this subject and would say give him to the end of the season and see how 'his' team performs.
Thaibluefan
After the Villa game - I've changed my mine on this subject and would say give him to the end of the season and see how 'his' team performs.
Thaibluefan
 

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