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Downfall: For Hughes, The Bell Tolls

In a stunning development which is sending shockwaves throughout English football, Manchester City have sacked Mark Hughes and replaced him immediately with Roberto Mancini...

The recently recruited Youth coach Brian Kidd has stepped up to become Mancini's Number 2.

From rumblings around Europe this past week, it's clear that City's hierarchy had seen enough to warrant the sounding out of new managers in advance of January's transfer window. One can only assume that the board had become uncomfortable at the likelihood of giving Sparky more money to spend.

It's undeniable that some of The Blues defending this season has been atrocious and it looks like the radical reshaping of the heart of that defence has led to Hughes' downfall. The abject surrender at Spurs and almost total absence of tactics other than 'we'll score more than you' against Sunderland have sealed his departure.

City Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak released an official statement during which he said:

"...A return of two wins in 11 Premier League games is clearly not in line with the targets that were agreed and set. Sheikh Mansour and the Board felt that there was no evidence that the situation would fundamentally change. This is a particularly difficult announcement given the personal investment over the past 15 months on all sides and we would like to put on record our respect for and thanks to Mark Hughes and we wish him the best in his future career.

"...Roberto is a hugely experienced manager with a proven track record of winning trophies and championships. His experience and track record speak for themselves. What is absolutely clear is that Roberto believes in Manchester City's potential to achieve at the highest level and importantly in his own ability to make this happen. My hope is that our incredible fans will join us in welcoming Roberto to the football club."

City have also confirmed that all of Hughes' backroom staff, Mark Bowen, Eddie Niedzwiecki, Kevin Hitchcock and Glyn Hodges have been fired.

And what now? Hughes has surrounded himself, his team and Carrington more than any other previous gaffer with Mark Hughes men. Many of the players that have given a shit recently are fiercely loyal to Hughes. How will they react?

Tonight, City are 6th in the league with a game in hand having lost 2 league games. The rags, ever a barometer in these situations down the years have lost 5.

Defeated Sunderland boss and by no means a fan of Sparky, Steve Bruce said:

"You can't build clubs in 18 months or one transfer window, you need a bit of time. It is ridiculous. You are not going to encourage any young person to try and take this up. What is the point? What are the stats? Managers last about 18 months in the Championship. It is longer in the Premier League but that is because of the amount of time Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and David Moyes have been in their jobs. I am disappointed for Mark Hughes. Really disappointed."

More on this developing story as we get it...


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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday December 19 2009

Time: 6:33PM

Your Comments

Harsh that is....
Can't believe you sold us Dunne....getting rid of your leader may have been the first nail in Hughes coffin.
My wife just asked me at lunch why I was so troubled. I by no means am a "happy clapper", but feel very sorry for Hughes. He conducted himself with dignity and class the entire time he was here. I think we played very attractive football under him, the defense was just a calamity. It seem like another team had a similar dismantling against Fulham. It would be one thing to let Hughes go and replace him with someone of Mourinho's capabilities, but Mancini? Is anybody excited about him? Is he going to be able to do things that need to be done regardless, i.e. sell Robinho? Very upsetting.
Top news the bloke was ******** hopless.
lol - what have you done my friends..................
Next up... Benitez?
Woo hoo
only we have spanked u properly this season. cant believe they have lost patience with hughes already. i expected him replaced however when the arabs 1st came in and i am suprised i suppoese they kept him this long..
black-messi gutted :(
cut throat business ;)
Your Chairman is a JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hughes is a brill manager I reckon he would of done so well for you guys ..... I wish him well your loss will be somebody else's gain.
at least it draws a line under the 'other owners manager' and will remove speculation surrounding the club
Hughes is a good manager, but not good enough to meet the expectations of the new owners and their HUGE investment. He's just not at that level, yet. It was just a matter of time. I don't think Hughes will have to wait long for a new team. Think City would've been better off with Guus Hiddink, though.
Absolutely disgusting, Cook should have gone long ago and i have lost complete respect in the set up of the club.
Once a Blue
Rumours abound that the Mancini deal was sealed before we beat Arsenal in the LCQF. Kidd of course, was brought in to assist the club's youth set up in late summer.
Johnny Baguette
I can't believe some of you are gutted. Yes it might have been harsh, but the guy is a rubbish manager. I was never thought we would be threatened by City with Hughes in charge, but with a decent manager (not saying Mancini is the answer) and that amount of cash, it's cause to be afraid. You should be happy.
Money doesn't equal instant success it just doesn't work. Some City fans think we should win every single game just because we splashed a bit of cash. We're 10 times better than we were two season ago. I'm disgusted in the way this was done and gutted he's gone. We're 6th with a game in hand... semi finals of the cup for the first time in god knows... only lost two games in all competitions nearly half way through the season. What a disgrace. Give me a break. It's disgusting that he's been sacked and his replacement hardly fills with me confidence but will of course get my full backing. That is what City fans should do.. back their team.. players.. managers. Not have a vendetta from day one because he was an ex rag and it gets your knickers in a twist. Disgusting. I'm ashamed to be a City fan after this farce. That vendetta comments not at all the Hughes out City fans but most of you... 2 weeks in and half of you were hoping he'd get sacked.
Hey you lot, Ive seen enough comments on here this season to know that some of you (us) may not feel as gutted in the morning! I say s.h.i.t happens and eyes down for managerial bingo.....Luck Of The Welsh.....No 1!!
MCFC goatboy brilliant post i echo your sentiments Cook needs to go in Hughes i trusted and we as fans have been made a mockery of
Once a Blue
PS, being ashamed to be a City fan Goatboy!!?? I'll give you till 10pm!
Cook is a stooge!! How can you think sacking him will make things settle down? In order to do that you'll need the owners out......would you really like that?! PS, don't come back to shout at me!
haha, i understand what your saying RGS i just believe this was very premature and a disgrace he restructured the club and after all the years of nothing 6 more months waiting surely is nothing
Once a Blue
It's one minute past midnight now RGS... still ashamed.

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