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In The Final Straight


Australian resident and regular Vital Manchester City poster, Doody sent us the following article.

I have written before about my neutrality on the Mark Hughes in/out debate, although I do lean towards the 'in' camp because I am looking for some stability.

In January I said we should give him until at least the end of the season. It was important to give him at least this amount of time as he had inherited most of the squad. His own buys came in the January window and although it is a short time frame to mould a side into a team it should be enough to give some indications.

So are we a better team for it or not?

Tricky question because we have to define 'better'. Some are going to say our position on the table is the yardstick to judge him but I beg to differ. Our position on the table is only in part due to what we do and an awful lot to do with other teams results in which we have no control over.

So how do we decide if we are 'better?'

As far as I am concerned there is really only one way to compare and that is points, in other words, something we directly control i.e. we play well or we play badly.

So going back to what I said earlier we could only judge him on January to the end of season. In that period last year we played 18 games and had five wins four draws and nine losses for a total of 19 points. Since January transfer window closed we have had five wins six losses and one draw - total of 16 points.

But, we have six games left before we can decide if we are 'better' this year than last. Until those last six games have been played Hughes has my support, because my club chose him to do the job. If at the end of the season we have reached more than 19 points I would hope we Blues can all get behind him. If we haven't scored more than 19 points, I suspect he will be on the road and we can then all get behind whoever replaces Sparky and their choice of players.

Come on folks we are supporters of Manchester City the greatest club on earth lets get behind our CLUB and put aside personalities.



The journalist

Writer: Doody Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday April 19 2009

Time: 11:55AM

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Only the rags have one more home games than us... something has gone horribly wrong away from home though. We're half way there lol.
MCFC_Goatboy
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19/04/2009 12:02:00

Only the rags have one more home games than us... something has gone horribly wrong away from home though. We're half way there lol.
MCFC_Goatboy
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19/04/2009 12:02:00

a very good and balanced article doods mate,when its put like that even me as an anti hughes person can see why you pro hughes people are in his corner. i respect what you say mate even if i dont agree with it all but i do actually agree with most but im not telling you which bits i agree with lol ;0)
bluemooner_mcfc
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19/04/2009 12:03:00

a very good and balanced article doods mate,when its put like that even me as an anti hughes person can see why you pro hughes people are in his corner. i respect what you say mate even if i dont agree with it all but i do actually agree with most but im not telling you which bits i agree with lol ;0)
bluemooner_mcfc
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19/04/2009 12:03:00

haha BM, a diplomatic response. I think we all agree and disagree with certain points to be made by either camp and we have come a long way since our initial arguments in understanding one another better. A great article Doody, balanced and reflective. I am going to judge after the final game of the season if this was a step forwards or backwards, like most- and after the summer transfer window we will all see if Hughes brings in the right players or not, this is his ultimate test.
eighthsin
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19/04/2009 14:19:00

haha BM, a diplomatic response. I think we all agree and disagree with certain points to be made by either camp and we have come a long way since our initial arguments in understanding one another better. A great article Doody, balanced and reflective. I am going to judge after the final game of the season if this was a step forwards or backwards, like most- and after the summer transfer window we will all see if Hughes brings in the right players or not, this is his ultimate test.
eighthsin
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19/04/2009 14:19:00

Surely we must judge him over the whole season the same as we judged Sven over the whole of last season. Hughes has been the manager for nthe WHOLE season and must be judged on that.
alphieblues
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19/04/2009 20:57:00

Surely we must judge him over the whole season the same as we judged Sven over the whole of last season. Hughes has been the manager for nthe WHOLE season and must be judged on that.
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