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Manchester City Driving Forward

Hughes has been under intense scrutiny throughout his tenure at Manchester City and has been surrounded by constant speculation over his future at the club.

Some of the criticism has been unfair and the Manchester City manager also acknowledged that his past has come back to haunt him: 'I understand the United thing and some of the reticence but I have always said from day one that I am a professional football manager and my past is there and experiences at different clubs had shaped what I am trying to be.'

Mark Hughes recently attended a strategy meeting for the future of Manchester City and the direction in which everyone is driving the club; that direction by unanimous decision is 'forward'.

Hughes said of the meeting: 'I was really impressed by just how much progress has patently been made in all areas of the club since the summer takeover. It has been a huge year for everyone at the club at all levels and the changes that we have undertaken were brave ones.

'The way the club's set up now in terms of its structure and the people in key positions means that City can only get better and be driven forward at pace.

'I was very encouraged by what I heard at the get-together and the plans and structures that are in place for the club for the future that will ensure that when success comes, and it will do, it will be for a long time.

'As manager you have to have an understanding of where the business side of the club is going to because if you don't then your understanding of issues or problems that may occur in the future and how they impact will not be there. If I didn't understand other people's perspective then it would erode trust between the management team.

'I am part of the team that will drive this club forward and it is up to us to make sure that we are successful.'

Hughes concuded with the statement: 'Being a manager is what I do and my focus is entirely on making Manchester City successful in the future,' adding, 'I'll work all the hours that God gives us to make sure that happens.'




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Date:Friday March 27 2009

Time: 11:30AM

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Good stuff eighth. This week's top brass strategy meeting looks to have underlined The Sheikh's commitment to stability. I'm coming round to the fact that Mark Hughes is going to be City manager for the forseeable future, whatever happens this season. It's clear the aim now is to put an end to managerial speculation. I see the club are building a big suite of MCFC offices at SportCity which like the new gym will be built within a matter of months. The owners aren't messing about. They mean business.
Johnny Baguette
Good stuff eighth. This week's top brass strategy meeting looks to have underlined The Sheikh's commitment to stability. I'm coming round to the fact that Mark Hughes is going to be City manager for the forseeable future, whatever happens this season. It's clear the aim now is to put an end to managerial speculation. I see the club are building a big suite of MCFC offices at SportCity which like the new gym will be built within a matter of months. The owners aren't messing about. They mean business.
Johnny Baguette
Yeah its fantastic news JB, I think this really underlines what City is about and where the new owners are taking the club. The building work is extremely exciting as they are perminent assets to the club. Like Hughes or dislike Hughes, he is here to stay- I hope the media take note of this fact.
eighthsin
Yeah its fantastic news JB, I think this really underlines what City is about and where the new owners are taking the club. The building work is extremely exciting as they are perminent assets to the club. Like Hughes or dislike Hughes, he is here to stay- I hope the media take note of this fact.
eighthsin
so if he doesnt do well for the rest of the season or he starts off badly next season and carries on as he is now the owners will stick with him?? im not bothered either way to be honest i just want cit to be up there with the big boys and its not that i dont like hughes coz i do actually like him i just dont like the fact that hes clueless with tactics. but im not getting into that because i want to back him FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON and see where that gets us because i like everyone else just wants city to do well. if hughes stays then thats fine by me i will give him a second chance now in his words" judge me on my players and the second half of the season" so im doing just that and i hope he proves me wrong and i honeslt mean that because i do actually agree with people who say that we cant keep chopping and changing managers.
bluemooner_mcfc
so if he doesnt do well for the rest of the season or he starts off badly next season and carries on as he is now the owners will stick with him?? im not bothered either way to be honest i just want cit to be up there with the big boys and its not that i dont like hughes coz i do actually like him i just dont like the fact that hes clueless with tactics. but im not getting into that because i want to back him FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON and see where that gets us because i like everyone else just wants city to do well. if hughes stays then thats fine by me i will give him a second chance now in his words" judge me on my players and the second half of the season" so im doing just that and i hope he proves me wrong and i honeslt mean that because i do actually agree with people who say that we cant keep chopping and changing managers.
bluemooner_mcfc
Well said BM :D
eighthsin
Well said BM :D
eighthsin
It looks at last like we may get some stability for a time and hopefully that is enough time to build a decent team.
Doody
It looks at last like we may get some stability for a time and hopefully that is enough time to build a decent team.
Doody
so i finally think we have a board who will stick by a manager rather than what we have had in the past, choppin and changing and i really think we will win something VERY soon,with Sparky as manager.... let the good times roll
cityman51
so i finally think we have a board who will stick by a manager rather than what we have had in the past, choppin and changing and i really think we will win something VERY soon,with Sparky as manager.... let the good times roll
cityman51
Right, can we give the "Hughes out" rants a rest now? I'll be the first to admit that this season has not lived up to expectations, but Hughes needs to be given the time to build a squad as he sees fit, as well as making all of the necessary back room changes. If he fails in the future then I'll be amongst the hoarde baying for his blood, but let's try stability for a change and see how it turns out!
fifthcolumnblue
Right, can we give the "Hughes out" rants a rest now? I'll be the first to admit that this season has not lived up to expectations, but Hughes needs to be given the time to build a squad as he sees fit, as well as making all of the necessary back room changes. If he fails in the future then I'll be amongst the hoarde baying for his blood, but let's try stability for a change and see how it turns out!
fifthcolumnblue
 

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