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Sparky Bows Out With Dignity

Sparky Bows Out With Dignity



Mark Hughes has released a statement via the League Managers Association in the wake of his sacking as Manchester City manager...

The statement in full:

'I was informed after yesterday's match against Sunderland that my contract with Manchester City was being terminated with immediate effect. Notwithstanding media coverage to the contrary, I was given no forewarning as to the Club's decision. Given the speed with which my successor's appointment was announced, it would appear that the Club had made it's decision some considerable time ago.

'I am extremely disappointed not to have been given the opportunity to see through my plans at the Club. At the beginning of the season I sat down with the owners and it was agreed that a realistic target for the season would be 6th place in the Barclays Premier League, or in the region of 70 points. All of this was communicated to the players and we all knew where we stood. Whilst everyone at the Club would obviously have wanted to see more wins, we were absolutely on target at the time of my dismissal. Only recently we had terrific victories against both Arsenal and Chelsea.

'I am very proud of the fact that I steered the Club through the most significant period of change in it's history.

'I have always been aware of the responsibility that comes with being afforded the luxury of a significant transfer budget, and I was grateful that the Club supported me with significant investment in players. I very much regret, however, that I will not now be able to enjoy the success that would undoubtedly have followed in the light of that investment.

'I believe that I have handled with dignity the recent pressure placed upon me by press speculation.

'I would like to thank the fans for their support throughout my time at the Club and particularly at this difficult time, and I wish the Club every success in the future, particularly in relation to the forthcoming Carling Cup semi-final, the Club's first semi-final for 28 years.'


Mark Hughes, OBE

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Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Sunday December 20 2009
Time: 4:28PM

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Comments

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shocking way to deal with him, he might have class and dignity but the people in charge of your club don't.
The Fear
20/12/2009 16:44:00
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Poor Sparky..
JT_daniel
20/12/2009 17:03:00
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I expected nothing else than a dignified exit by Mr Hughes, It is a pity the Club could not do the same, and could have saved him a lot of embarrassment, knowing that win lose or draw on saturday he was to be sacked. What was the point of that, I hope someone from the press asks that question at the press confernce tomorrow, when Mr Mancini is introduced to us.
Buzz Lightyear
20/12/2009 19:20:00
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I wish him all the best for the future - but this was the right time for him to go.
Thaibluefan
23/12/2009 22:58:00
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