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The Truth About Sven & Hughes

Jason Halfpenny from bleachers report sent us the following...

Morons thinking Sven G Eriksson was better than Mark Hughes prompted me to write the following, and any City fan who would want Sven back is clearly confused.

Eriksson & his team

Allowed Daniel Sturridge's contract to run out.

Purchased Tal Ben Haim, a complete and utter shambles of a defender who sidelined Micah Richards.

Purchased Gelson Fernandes, the headless chicken who cannot pass or tackle to save his own life.

Sven racked up more debt and half the debt was on complete flops in the form of Tal Ben Haim, Gelson Fernandes and Brazilian Jo.

Elano, Martin Petrov and Valeri Bojinov was the only good signings but Sven had no hand in either as his coaching staff recommended them.

Martin Petrov, Michael Johnson and Valeri Bojinov all injured.

Elano, after his bright start, faded out into the background, why, we will never know unless he tells us the story himself. We know this much though, he's performing for Brazil now and under Mark Hughes had shown sparks of Elano of old.

Vedran Corluka was also a good signing BUT ended up demanding a transfer away from City.

Loaned Mexican Nery Castillo who hardly got a look in in the end, money wasted.

So that was Micah Richards, Michael Johnson and Valeri Bojinov all out injured and City did not even have the proper facilities to give the players 110%.

Allowed players to do as they please - our training sessions reminded me of when I'd hook up with a few mates to have a kick about on our local playing field. Believe meI saw it with my own eyes, no order or discipline at all what so ever.

Even Stephen Ireland admitted to how pathetic Sven G Eriksson was, after the 8-1 humiliation by Middlesbrough in the last game of the season. Ireland stated some of the City players and management were laughing theirbacksides off - he also said that was the lowest point of his career and because of this he considered life away from City. To me, it was the worst match of my City life.

How many City fans would have been happy if we had of lost Ireland?

Only memorable point was beating Man United twice. If this blinded you with the truth then you should think about that and decide how not to let it happen again. Whether it be in sport or in your day to day life I was almost taken in until someone started pointing a few things out.

I will remember Sven for one thing and one thing only - seeing him sitting there posing for the camera's on match day while his right hand man commanded the technical area. Not once didI see him get off his backside to talk tactics with his slave, the man had 0 percent passion. City only knew how to play one way under Sven and if that did not work then City were on their own.

Sven had the money but failed big time.

Sven may have a shining CV in other countries but in England he is a complete fraud and failure.

Hughes & his team

Over-saw the arrivals of Robinho and Pablo Zabaleta.

Told us City fans that our club had a disgraceful lack of Premier League facilities and personnel compared to most Premier League clubs, and he was right.

Hughes then over-saw the construction of high tech facilities and brought in top notch personnel to drive the club forward on and off the field.

Hughes brought stability and a work ethic to Manchester City.

Hughes has signed: Gareth Barry, Shay Given, Stuart Taylor, Roque Santa Cruz and soon to confirm the signing of Carlos Tevez.

Now that City have the facilities good enough to provide for our players, we now see the evidence with Michael Johnson, Valeri Bojinov, Martin Petrov almost fit and ready for the new season.

2008/09 stabilised Manchester City and now we are back where we belong.

This is just the start, this is just the beginning. Let the revolution continue.

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Writer: Jason Halfpenny Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 9 2009

Time: 10:38AM

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Thought provoking article and I agree about the Hughes side of your arguement. Equally the 8-1 drubbing and the apparent lack of discipline under Ericsson were worrying although I have to admit at the time he was seen as a bit of a saviour. Was it him that bought Tal Ben Haim? I thoiught that was Mark Hughes and was one of his few transfer mistakes. On the flip side you didn't mention Bianchi who seemed to be ok but was never played by Sven and was ultimately a transfer failure. On reflection do I now think we are in better and firmer managerial hands - yes definitely, so I suppose you have made your point.
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09/07/2009 10:58:00

I much prefer MH to SGE, as he seemed to lack a spine (SGE, that is),and MH (cash aside) looks like he knows what he's doing. However, MH has been given more money than anyone ever has before, and so it is easy for him to say something like "the facilities are crap", knowing that the money will be given immediately, before he's even finished his sentence. Had SGE said this, City would have said, "and you want us to fix it how exactly?"
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09/07/2009 11:10:00

TBH was a Hughes purchase.
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09/07/2009 11:51:00

Your both right Wolfie and Derry, TBH was a Hughes signing and not a good one at that, my bad, under the stress of being tormented by a Sven lookalike i made this mistake though Wolfie so kindly reminds me of Rolando Bianchi.
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09/07/2009 12:06:00

I agree with this article - I remember when Hughes took over and more importantly the arrival of Cook. I said to some fellow blues that no amount of money would give us instant success. We needed to sort out our internal infrastructure because years of mis-management had made us rotting to the very core and this needed to be fixed first. I was nearly ran out of town for daring to suggest our beloved blue were rotting!! Look at us now? Not only are we equiped for success in the near future but already putting the foundations in place for long term sustainable success - Cassell moved to sort out our oversea academy plans, office building being built, the training complex being made a place of work and building Global alliances. Yes I wanted Sven but was sad to see him go. Yes I wanted Mark Hughes and still do.
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09/07/2009 12:45:00

In fairness, Jo was a Thaksin signing, no doubt about it. SGE had gone when he arrived, and even Hughes only OKed it because Thaksin forced it through. But for me the crunch is that SGE's season saw a good start and then a miserable second half. His tactics were compromised and he had no idea what to do. He actually admitted his tactics had been compromised - in November! And despite claiming that he was going to form a new tactic, by May he still had no clue. That was the cause of Elano's fall from grace - he became marked out of every single game under SGE and his games became pointless to be in. By contract, Hughes had a poor start which picked up at the end. This encourages me that Hughes will improve next season, whereas SGE gave me the definite impression that next season he would rely on a couple of signings to make his same old tactic work again, and consequently I was expecting for SGE to fight a relegation struggle all the way. Under Hughes I'm predicting a good 6-7th place next season (I'm cautious ;) ) Either way, I'd rather have either of those managers than Pearce again. I have to admit I couldn't stand his managership by the end of his tenure.
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09/07/2009 13:21:00

Mike Hunt
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09/07/2009 14:13:00

What a rubbish article and so full of inacurate stats total waste of space.
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09/07/2009 14:42:00

I initially thought that Svens sacking was a bad decision. It was an overreation to a bad finish to the year and wasn't helped by the 8-1 loss to Middlesbrough at the end of the year. However as time went by and I learnt more about Svens time at City it became clear that it was a very good move to sack him. His performance since that time at Mexico has been just as bad if not worse with Mexico looking like missing the World Cup finals for the first time in 20 odd years culminating in Sven getting the sack from there as well. His game plan was very dull and boring and led very few City goals especially in the second half of the season. City just wasn't a good fit for him, however Hughes still has alot to do in my opinion to prove he is going to be better than Sven. He has alot more resources at his disposal than Sven ever had and the expectations are now very high to lift City to the next level. Only then can we truly compare Sven and MH and say who was better. Like Mike Hunt says, I think we should be careful about critisizing other people for having a different opinion and to be honest the jury is still out for me.
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09/07/2009 14:45:00

I see your at it again DAVID W. Sod off will you.
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09/07/2009 15:25:00

The moron comment was initially directed at a rather annoying real life impersonator of Sven Goran Eriksson and a few non city fans who worship Sven as if he is a god. It was directed at no other, i wrote this article to outline the huge difference between Sven and Hughes. I know that one or two of us wont think alike but i do not deny anyone at anytime your opinion. Mike, it was not an attack on you so please don't take offence, i really do hope that is you real name. David W, i have used no innacurate stats though i did above admit i made a mistake about TBH, truth is i blame SGE with jo because the deal was sealed before Hughes joined us. If you feel you can do better Mike or David i challenge you to jin Bleacher and challenge me.
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09/07/2009 16:06:00

It is obvious Hughes is better for City than Sven. I am not saying that Sven wasn't a good manager- I rate him highly and was devastated that he was cut loose. The reason Hughes is better at City is not only because he is a fairly good manager (still needs to do some convincing), but more importantly he knows how to run a football club and make sure that we have all the best facilities and training grounds. Hughes was no doubt distracted by the heavy level of off-field behind the scenes work needed to be done last season- this season I think we will see a lot more of Hughes as a manager.
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09/07/2009 16:40:00

bleacher if all your articles are like that my friend then i simply wont bother reading them when i see the authors name like i dont read anything from bleacher.
Mike Hunt
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09/07/2009 17:20:00

I actually read a fair bit of stuff on Bleacher and Jason does some good articles. I've said more than a few times that Sven's time is looked on with rose tinted glasses by some people but I still would of give him more time (like I would any manager). I wouldn't take him back though.
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09/07/2009 17:39:00

Like you, MCFC_Goatboy, I wouldn't take Eriksson back. Let's hope Hughes can deliver the goods.
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09/07/2009 21:58:00


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