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Is Mark Hughes Managerial CV Good Enough?


Vital Manchester City member, Feedthegoat wanted to ask the following question.

Is Mark Hughes Managerial CV Good Enough?

Lets look at the manager appointed prior to the takeover by good old Thaksin. (Is this why he's gone into hiding - I wonder?)

Wales (1999-2004)

Mark Hughes was appointed Wales national coach in 1999. Initially appointed on a temporary basis alongside Neville Southall (suppose we could have be with Nev) to replace Bobby Gould. Before he knew it Hughes had soon done enough to earn himself a long-term contract, with Southall leaving the set-up shortly afterwards. When MH took charge of team affairs his countrymen were in the midst of a terrible run, but in the FIVE years with Hughes in charge Wales came CLOSE to qualifying for Euro 2004

Blackburn Rovers (2004-2008)

Hughes quit the Welsh national side in September 2004 to take charge of Blackburn Rovers, the last club he had played for. His key aim was to keep a struggling Blackburn side clear of relegation, which he succeeded in doing, whilst at the same time taking the club to an FA Cup semi-final for the first time in over 40 years.

In his second season, Blackburn surprised even the most optimistic supporters by finishing inside the top six of the Premiership, which meant qualification for the UEFA Cup. During their league campaign they teams such as Chelsea, Manchester United (twice) and Arsenal along the way. After just missing out on the League Cup final his team sealed their spot in Europe by defeating champions Chelsea 1-0 at home.

Hughes then set about creating a formidable side at Ewood Park. He entered the transfer market, bringing in players such as Benni McCarthy (2 million), David Bentley (500,000), Ryan Nelsen (free), Stephen Warnock (1.5 million), Roque Santa Cruz (3.5 million), and Christopher Samba (400,000). Rovers finished 10th in the Premier League, season 2006-07, and in the same season reached the UEFA Cup round of 32, where they were knocked out by Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 on aggregate.

In the same season Rovers faced Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final, their third consecutive semi-final since Hughes took charge. The match ended in a defeat 2-1.

He won the October 2007 award for the English Premier League 'Manager of the Month', and eventually led Blackburn to a league finish of 7th in 2007-08, Hughes' final season in charge at Ewood Park.

Manchester City (2008-?)

On 2 June 2008, Manchester City sacked manager Sven-Goran Eriksson. Hughes

as reported to be the first choice of then City owner Thaksin Shinawatra and before anyone could draw breath Sparky joined two days later on a three-year contract.

On 1 September 2008 Man City were taken over by the Abu Dhabi United Investment Group (ADUG), who immediately released large amounts of transfer funds. This in turn allowed City to break the British transfer record on the final hour of final day of last summers transfer window and bingo, the revolution began with the surprise signing of Robinho from Real Madrid for 32.4m.

Hughes was very active in the January 2009 transfer window, signing Wayne Bridge from Chelsea, Craig Bellamy from West Ham United and Shay Given from Newcastle United as well as pursuing a number of other targets including a potential world record bid of 100 million for Kak of Milan, but we all know what happened there.

Apart from nearly qualifying with Wales and beating Man Ure twice with Blackburn he's actually achieved nothing other than spend a vast amount of money on ex-Blackburn players!

I think we should stick with Mark for now, plus it's obvious the owners want to be seen to be doing the right thing and give him time, but he needs to deliver results and honours in an effort to attract some of the higher class acts. The clock continues to tick.

I just hope we can get Chris Samba and Keith Andrews for an over inflated price! Rumour has the City gaffer has rummaged around and found their numbers from his filofax. We wait with baited breath.



The journalist

Writer: Feedthegoat  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday June 22 2009

Time: 9:22PM

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give him a chance now that his own players will be in place come the start of the season and judge him then.
Mike Hunt
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22/06/2009 21:29:00

Either support him or don't. you can't support a manager and give back handed comments about his spending habits in the same breath. Aside from TBH and Berti who were both purchased on Frank's limited budget, his signings have been good buys. you're stuck with him at a minimum til december, and you're going to look very silly if he leads us into a top 4 position with these 'ex-blackburn players' and he turns into a taggart-esque manager who had people shouting for his pink slip, only to become the most successful manager in PL history...
severedgein
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22/06/2009 21:34:00

Don't speak evil of the legend that is Berti, Sev - you should be ashamed.
BlueWolfie
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22/06/2009 21:42:00

Another `IS HUGHES GOOD EHOUGH` thread. At what stage will we all get behind and support the manager of our team? POOR.
belfastblue
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22/06/2009 22:02:00

is any young and up-and-coming managers CV good enough? they have to get chances somewhere...i posted an article on here in late december sayin Hughes is the right man, and i'm sticking by what I sed back then.
butty1
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22/06/2009 22:07:00

feedthegoat,mate we've debated the mh in /out thread to death and we will never agree on it, BUT he's in the chair and as such deserves ALL OUR SUPPORT, as we've changed manager's with such regularity it was becoming a joke. so lets stick with sparky for say5 years and see what/if we've won anything, if not then ask the question, until then BACK THE MANAGER AND THE TEAM....
cityman51
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22/06/2009 22:44:00

As it happens I am for MH. But regardless of what I or anyone else thinks, the power resides in Abu Dhabi and since our esteemed owners do not even know the rag infested red tops exist let alone read them, I think they will make considered decisions in their own good time. End of story no matter what is debated on these or MUEN pages.
jackblue
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22/06/2009 22:59:00

Joke of a topic at this stahe when he has had no chance to prove it either way. He played for BARCELONA MANCHESTER UNITED and CHELSEA. You ought to give him a chance because he basically gave up having the chance to manage Man U because of you guys.
Matt_Us
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23/06/2009 04:40:00

Shagthegoat, you won't have long to wait mate, he will get the arse early October as soon as results don't go your way.
TeddyLyon
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23/06/2009 07:45:00

MH will have a glowing one by the end of the season, I agree with Cityman51 on this debated to death. MH is here to stay, and its looking good already and we haven't kicked a ball. You can normally tell how successful by the number of other clubs supporters coming on and having a go.
Buzz Lightyear
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23/06/2009 16:12:00

Hughes is a young manager so there have only been so many years to cram in experience. He did very well at Wales, I think. Blackburn he showed what could be done getting them into Europe. His CV is not yet of the standard City need, but then it could well be in another couple of seasons!!
Sindbad
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23/06/2009 16:13:00

What was Shaun Goater's CV like before he joined City? Did you slate him wih the other short sighted individuals. Or did you see that he had vision to be the right man at the right time? The drive and belief to continue? Don't judge on prejudices, ignorance and short term trends. MH is bloody minded, has a clear vision and is a winner. Get off his back until its time to judge from a position of knowledge.
alfons' tin of peas
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23/06/2009 21:45:00

What fascinates me is how he can be praised for his signings..eg Barry but then questioned about his ability ....give the man the support he deserves as the manager of YOUR club.
Doody
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24/06/2009 07:06:00

 

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