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Build - OK!

Vital Manchester City member derry sent us the following article.

No sooner has the dust begun to settle at the end of another season, Manchester City FC are announcing to the world grandiose plans to underpin their quest to dominate planet football. These plans are music to the ears of most City fans (me included of course) as we look to gain a seat at football's top table.

All the right noises are being made. The buzzwords cropping up in almost all of City's communiqu├ęs are stability, foundations, build, investment and sustainability. In fact even that beleaguered of species the football fan is mentioned in despatches as the club talks of strengthening links with the community and its fan base.

I am extremely optimistic about City's future. However, I am not sure about the viability or sense in keeping Mark Hughes in charge of team affairs, as I have stated in previous articles.

That said I can fully understand the club giving Hughes another season in charge to build a team in his own image. With a huge procurement programme planned for the summer, Hughes will be given every opportunity to create a team that he will be confident of challenging those at the top of the tree with.

A stake has been put in the ground that a top six finish is expected. I just hope Hughes has learned from the mistakes of this season, all of which have been very well documented.

The season has seen Hughes adroitly playing the press with his excuses for non-performance and for finishing 10th having spent in excess of £100 million on players.

Without the distraction of European football for City, excuses around tiredness will not be tolerated, nor will any about ' many new players need time to gel...'

With a full season already under his belt, the changes being made in the close season, a full pre-season to look forward to and the prospect of another full season in charge, Hughes will have been given all the time one would expect a manger would need to build a successful side.

He would be wise to note what that most sage of philosophers Daffy Duck once sang 'time waits for no one, it passes you by...'

If the away form does not improve into the new season, I think that time will be over just about when Santa Claus starts panicking he has only 24 days left go!

Many thanks Derry.

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Date:Wednesday May 27 2009
Time: 1:48PM


I can't fault any of your points, derry. Hughes must deliver a scorching start to the season and I think he can expect to be judged by Christmas on his results. The assertion that Hughes-run teams finish the seasons stronger than the opposition will count for nothing. We have to be in contention for a European spot coming into December or yet another season could be slipping away.
27/05/2009 14:28:00
Santa clause or Santa cruz?!
27/05/2009 15:27:00
Will be interesting to see what Sparky can do during the summer. Surely team can score but inability to keep others scoring has cost you dearly. Wonder if he'll able to keep some players too.. is it me or he's having bust ups with quite a few players? Exhibitionist Elano latest, isn't it? I don't have all of the details though. Whatever will happen to Jo? Surely he doesn't want to play for city again does he?
27/05/2009 15:33:00
I agree, Mr Hughes' future will depend on who he buys this summer and City's performance will be under a lot of scrutiny next season with a lot of people wishing him to fail, I am not one amongst those who wish that. I have seen the quality that Hughes' has brought to the team and hopefully a lot more will join the City cause before the end of summer.
Buzz Lightyear
27/05/2009 17:18:00
Whats up Doc?
27/05/2009 17:50:00
Good stuff Derry. Keep 'em coming. I called for Hughes' head after we lost at West Brom and again after Forest, but liek we all did, somehow stuck with it. And now, I honestly feel with good reason for one major factor. A group of deadwood players who were for the chop under Pearce got a reprieve under Sven and so on. A change of gaffer would have meant another stay of execution and who knows, depending upon who came in, new contracts. Some of our better players might even have got the boot. Furthermore, having seen on behalf of Vital MC how Carrington functions at close quarters, I reckon a 4th manager and an entire management team in a handful of years would be madness. Sheikh Mansour and Khaldoon Al Mubarak are reknowned through the business world as men of honour and nobody can now say they have not given MH a chance. He must deliver and give us a firing start. One up front is not going to solve anything away from home, Leslie.
Johnny Baguette
27/05/2009 20:04:00
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