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That Same Old Question?



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!





Writer:amcollinz
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
02/03/2009 19:02:00
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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
02/03/2009 19:02:00
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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
02/03/2009 19:25:00
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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
02/03/2009 19:25:00
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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
02/03/2009 19:48:00
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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
02/03/2009 19:48:00
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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
02/03/2009 19:48:00
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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
02/03/2009 19:48:00
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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
02/03/2009 20:35:00
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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
02/03/2009 20:35:00
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