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Hughes & Messi Join The Debate



So this morning Mark Hughes is deemed by the Mail as having one last dig at City following the finalisation of his appointment at Fulham and Messi tells us we are 2 world class defenders away from the title (Express). These are much more refereshing items than the no-marks of yesterday telling us we can't buy the title.

The Mail could have it's perspective a little bit wrong because my reading of Mark Hughes' comments are not considered to be having a go at City but an explanation of the effect that the changes had on him as City's Manager plus the realisation that what he was building may have looked good at the time to him and the Fans, but was not going to be quick enough. Mark clearly believed in what he was doing and believed he was on track. I for one wish him well in 36 Premier League matches next season.

I like the photo too. Is it really Al-Fayed or is it Tim Healy?

Lionel Messi throws his hat into the ring by saying that we need 2 world class defenders. I think City fans generally are aware of that with none of the current incumbents deemed to be suitable to carry that tag. It is interesting to hear him say that Tevez wanted to be loved and money did not come into it, so City can't buy the title and Fergie Can't Buy me Love.

Messi's comments are more balanced than those of Kalou & Koscielny yesterday as he discusses the areas in which City could excel and areas where we look (to him) weak. Plus of course he is one of the world's best players and we are more likely to listen to what he has to say than the comments offered yesterday. He clearly has respect for Toure Yaya and will probably miss the protection he afforded at the Camp Nou. It will be interesting to see. He sees Silva & Tevez as the main threat, as we probably do and if they both stay healthy this could be a goal production machine, especially if Adam Johnson maintains his rise on the opposite side of the field.

It's all building up nicely and although many of our World Cup players have stayed at Carrington to upgrade their fitness tonight's test at Dortmund will be a tough examination.




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Writer: Tranmere Loyal Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday August 4 2010

Time: 8:44AM

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Mark Hughes has the air of a woman scorned. He clearly feels agrieved at the way he was ousted from the City hotseat, and personally can't blame him, the sacking was justified but badly handled. His stubborn streak was what prevented us finishing 4th - he continually rebuffed the club's suggestion that he employed a specialist defensive coach, and 8 draws in a row would suggest that we needed a bit more nous in defense. If we had simply won 2 of the drawn matches we'd have finished 4th. That we failed to do so was a damning indictment of Hughes' abilities as a manager. I wish him all the best at Fulham, but sincerely hope this is the last we hear of him talking about City. Interesting to hear Lionel Messi's thoughts on Tevez and City - it's clearly much easier to take a balanced look at our progress without the lens of tabloid hype in England. And he does have a point, our defense does need to improve if we want to challenge at the top.
fifthcolumnblue
I think Sparky acted with dignity and the press are desperately trying to focus on him being bitter when he is not emphasising that aspect at all. Let sleeping dogs lie.
Wswilly3
Interesting pointers. City's hierarchy handled Hughes' departure appallingly, without a shadow of doubt, but we were going nowhere under his total lack of knowing how to react when the game plan became unstuck. I think he was too often far too stubborn, but I've yet to find anyone around SportCity who had bad words for him. That said I think he's talked about City enough this week! Meanwhile, the majority of our signings are young lads and we need to bring our young defenders on, I reckon.
Johnny Baguette
i dnt think mancini has done anything special either to be honest so to say you were going nowhere under hughes is a bit stupid cos u have not proggressed any futher with mancini as yet. dont forget u only lost 2 prem games under hughes and 5 under mancini.
black-messi
black-messi: But we averaged more points per game under Mancini and if I remember correctly (happy to be proven wrong), had we averaged the same amount under Mancini all season we would have finished 4th.
StuMCFC
Please refer to the article above bm. Gives you a clearer idea of where we were at.
Johnny Baguette
Hughes' parting shot ; hughes takes swipe at city... Etc......... No he didn't. He didn't have a dig at all. He just said what was going on, and how he thought he did the best he could. More media spin to unsettle City.
Eighthsin
So you listen to messi, who has never played in the EPL, but not to Koscielny, hypocritical much??? You lot are truly ridiculous, you only want to hear what suits you, but the fact is, there is more bad than good for City
Rob-EFC
Hopefully the next time Hughes is brought up by the press is when he's signing RSC. I don't think he took any parting shots at City. He has every right to be upset and angry, but he isn't. He understands that this is a business and he holds himself well. I also wish him luck in 36 games next season.
PhillyBlueMoon
And if you need anyone to drive Crocky to London, just give us a bell, Leslie.
Johnny Baguette
Yh Rob cos Koscielny is best player in the world as well, geez engage your brain, you're obviously a closet City fan the way you're obsessed with us. I'll take Messi's opinion over Koscielny's, Kalou's or bitter rival fans' opinion all day. Besides he wasnt totally full of praise as he said we're two world class defenders away from the PL title.
me_innit
But if he said you had no chance what would the City elite say??? Would you still be full of praise for him... COMPUTER SAYS NO!
Vanilla Ice
VI with the crystal ball again knowing what people will say before they actually say it.
me_innit
Well if you had the power to predict the future then you'd use it to!
Vanilla Ice
 

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