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The Sacking and The Appointment

Here are my views on the sacking of Mark Hughes and the appointment of Roberto Mancini:

It is totally wrong, we all knew how close Mark Hughes was to the sack, he probably deserved to get the boot but if we are going to appoint Roberto Mancini as manager, a man who has no proven track record in English football then we are wrong. In my opinion, we should have kept Mark Hughes until the end of the season until the likes of Mourinho and Hiddink become available. He deserved until the end of the season. We have been poor, our form has been very up and down but we still sit 6th in the table.

Some of his signings were brilliant, City were heavily criticized for the signings of Craig Bellamy (for 12m) and Nigel de Jong (for 17m). But those two, along with Shay Given have been our best players this season. I have a lot of respect for Hughes, he is an honourable and proud man. He has actually done a lot for Manchester City as a club despite what anyone says.

Was he the right man for the job in the long term? Probably not. But we should have stuck by him until the end of the season. However, is Mancini the right man for the job? In my opinion, No. Only sack a manger when you know you have a replacement ready who will be bigger and better than the man you had previously.

One thing I can say about Hughes probably didn't the skills to manage the very top sides but that should take nothing away from him. Tactically, he is pretty poor. He can be blind to obvious substitutions and appeared to have no Plan B. He managed to bring the very best out of the 'mediocre players' Ireland, Bellamy, de Jong. He just wasn't cut out to manage the big ego's (Robinho, Adebayor etc...) I wish him the very best.






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Writer: bigal84 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday December 19 2009

Time: 8:00PM

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totally agree, we have wade a major cock -up here but i am prepared to eat my words IF we win the title next year...... but some how i think i'm safe.... he will get my support tho as it's MCFC i support not the revolving door that has manager in front of it....
cityman51
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19/12/2009 19:43:00

Maybe ADUG still believe (particularly with all the results from othe teams have been going), that a top four spot is still atainable with a change of management, and to be honest, that's probably true.
BlueWolfie
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19/12/2009 19:44:00

You have replaced a halfwit with another with no EPL experience, way to go.
TeddyLyon
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19/12/2009 20:05:00

Worst decision of the season
Once a Blue
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19/12/2009 20:06:00

I was totally behind ADUG, until now.
scragg
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19/12/2009 20:11:00

"One thing I can say about Hughes probably didn't the skills to manage the very top sides but that should take nothing away from him. Tactically, he is pretty poor. He can be blind to obvious substitutions and appeared to have no Plan B". You can't really print this and defend the guy! For what it's worth I heartily agree with letting him stay till summer, but even then....to do what?
RobsonGreensleeves
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19/12/2009 20:12:00

I heard a report that Mancini's appoinment was to the end of the season, is it?
WestDerbyRed
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19/12/2009 20:19:00

The official statement says a permanent contract but no timescale is added, WDR.
Johnny Baguette
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19/12/2009 20:30:00

This wouldn't be an issue had City used the Chelsea win as a spring board to move up the table. That didn't happen. You dropped two points at Bolton and were dismantled by Spurs. Counting today, you've conceded three goals in each of the last three matches. Yes, the players are not performing, but that kind of defensive woe has more to do with organization than anything else, and that falls to Hughes. Mancini wouldn't have been my choice, but waiting until the summer was not the answer either. If you're going to switch managers, this was a perfect time to do it. Mancini can at least get familiar with the squad in advance of the transfer window. Then, he can go after the players he needs to play HIS style of football. Again, Mancini wouldn't have been my choice, but I doubt we'll hear any complaints if your playing CL football next season. After all, in 6th, City can still overtake Villa, Spurs and Arsenal. The owners had to make the move now.
Teddy_KGB
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19/12/2009 20:32:00

We wont be in the top four come the end o the season because Mancini will struggle to buy anyone in the January window, All our managers have over the last few seasons, so i dont see any change there.
Buzz Lightyear
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19/12/2009 20:40:00

3 and a half years i think?
Once a Blue
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19/12/2009 21:02:00

For what its worth, i've never been convinced by Sparky's ability as a manager, but when your clubs 6th, with a game in hand on 4 of the top 5, having only lost 2 games all season, and in semis of CC, why do you sack your manager? Its a sad day for football!
Jabberyid
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19/12/2009 23:49:00

Hughes had to go there was clearly to much unrest in the dressing room and players were not performing for him this coupled with his lack of tactics and even worse substitution choices he was out of his depth, yes we are 6th in the league with a game in hand and yes we are also into the semi of the CC but his lack of tactics meant we was always fighting an uphill battle, now just imagine how good we can be with proper tactics utilised on the pitch, scoring is not a problem for us so sort out that defence and weve got a really strong team.
mark.mcfc.wedged
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20/12/2009 14:23:00

 

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