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Hughes and City was always going to end in tears

It is hard enough for those managers chosen by billionaire owners – think Jose Mourinho and Luis Felipe Scolari – so the job faced by those already in place when Mr. Moneybags arrives is all but impossible.

Mark Hughes was clearly poorly treated by Sheikh Mansour, but the sack cannot have come as too much of a shock, as I predicted in my article, Would you want a Manchester City style owner? - Published on Friday, 17th July 2009. He might publicly say that he was tasked with securing a top six finish, but he must have privately known that boardroom expectations were far greater.

Some will say that you need time to build a team, regardless of whether £207 million is spent on it, and it is surely true that City would have gradually improved. However, Hughes did have 18 months in charge and while this is not an age in management terms, there are those that state it is time enough to achieve a decent improvement in results. I personally think a manager should be given at least 3 seasons, but then, what do I know?

Some also say that two wins in 11 Premier League matches is not good enough, although Hughes will point to the fact his team has lost just twice all season. Perhaps this is proof that statistics can be used to advance any side of an argument.

I've spoken to a few City fans today and to be fair, the decision to sack Hughes looks to be split down the middle. The Anti-Hughes movement claim that the club's owners looked at football matters and "there were valid reasons for relieving the Welshman of his duties", said Mark, a London-based City fan.

"Hughes has made a succession of poor decisions, ranging from the sale of Richard Dunne to the purchase of too many strikers, including troublemakers like Robinho and Emmanuel Adebayor". Isn't it known that Hughes never signed Robinho?

"The biggest coaching mistake he made was not sorting out the defence - City have conceded three goals in four of their last seven league matches – and this was most apparent against your lot (Tottenham). Aaron Lennon was terrorising Sylvinho but Hughes was alone in thinking that Robinho could provide necessary defensive assistance."

According to Mancini's press-conference, the final nail in Hughes' coffin was delivered by Spurs and we might yet heap more pressure onto another manager, Rafa Benitez, on 10th January. I know that I have backed and stuck up for the Spaniard, but I watched the Red's against Portsmouth on Saturday. They had most of their squad back for the game, yet, their passion had left them. I hate to say this, but it looks as though Rafa may have lost the dressing room. Being a Spurs fan, I speak from experience, as we have seen many a manager lose the confidence of his players and this looked awfully similar.

A rare Spurs win at Anfield might prompt another set of owners to pull the trigger on a manager they inherited from previous bosses. More to the point, victory would provide another boost for Spurs' Champions League qualification chances.

In other sports news, pundits have already begun casting their eyes over the odds for next year's Cheltenham Gold Cup and it could be worth keeping track of the situation.

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Hughes and City was always going to end in tears Hughes and City was always going to end in tears Reviewed by Frank Spencer on 5:29 pm Rating: 5

Reports in Italy Confirm that Mancini will Replace Hughes

5:43 pm
Not that it's my forte to be listening to talkSPORT, but Stan Collymore (the man with more questions than answers) has just announced that reports in Italy have confirmed that former Inter boss and Leicester City player, Roberto Mancini, IS the new Manchester City manager.

I personally think this equals a tragic formula;

Rich Owners + Knowing Nothing About Football = Making All The Wrong Decisions

Why give a manager over £200 million if you're even thinking about sacking him if things don't go down as you planned them?

What if Mancini is given a war-chest in the January Sales and City finish in the bottom half of the table come May? Do you sack him to?

If the reports are factual that Abu Dhabi are set to inject further billions into Dubai, I think Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan would do better to keep his billions tucked away in his account.

Buying the league is short-term; mastering it is the path clubs should take.

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Huge Desires

10:07 am
I thought Daniel Levy was the Tottenham Hotspur Chairman? I was mistaken. It now seems that Mr. Pavlyuchenko is the Chairman of the Board.

“I am prepared to accept any decent offer from Russia”, said our new Chairman.

Coming back to reality; it looks as though our Cameron Diaz lookalike is so eager to leave us, he's bypassed all forms of control at White Hart Lane. If the statement that appeared in the Mirror is accurate, it seems as though Daniel Levy nor Harry Redknapp have any say in the matter. If a club meets his demands, well, he'll be off and that's that!

In other news, it looks as though Mark Hughes is mad enough to spend around £8 million on David Bentley. This story appeared on transfer deadline day, but nothing came of it. We were apparently interested in signing their left winger, Petrov, but Hughes pulled the plug.

I actually believed that story to. There were so many circulating on that day that it was hard to keep up, but after reading statements from Petrov himself, it was clear that our Harry was in for him. I still wouldn't mind it if he joined us this time round. He's been one of the better performers in the Man Sheikh side and if Harry is to carry out his plan of world domination, he needs all the players he can muster.

Getting rid of Bentley and his reported £50,000 per week pay package wouldn't be bad business either.

Whilst we're on the subject of City; if I was Harry, I would make a cheeky bid for their central midfielder, Stephen Ireland. He's not been the same player this season, but that's largely due to the tactics employed by his boss. The Irish player simply doesn't fit into the playing style Hughes has set up.

Ireland is one player that I do admire and I believe he could slot in right next to Sgt. Wilson. Saying that, it looks as though Harry is adamant, in that he wants another strong-ironed central midfielder in alongside Palacios with the wingers providing the attacking flair (cue Petrov).

The fire sale that's been widely reported to be taking place in Madrid, has had us linked with all and sundry, as is always the case. If Harry is looking at players in the Sandro and Muntari ilk, maybe he should bid for Mahamadou Diarra?

Some sites are commenting on the fact that Harry has shown interest in Manchester United's bench warmer, Ben Foster. I've got nothing else to add to this nonsense, so I'll leave it there.
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Huge Desires Huge Desires Reviewed by Frank Spencer on 10:07 am Rating: 5

Petrov Loan Deal

10:18 pm
Just a thought; why doesn't Harry ask Hughes if we can bring in their left winger, Martin Petrov, on a loan deal till January?

It'll save us in transfer fees, provide much needed cover for the injured Modfather and could be a good deal. I personally would prefer Kranjcar and The Shelf has boldly come out with another prediction that it's a done deal.

I'll wait till I hear the announcement from Spurs on that one. We've still got a fair bit to go yet until the window closes.

Isn't it great having Redknapp pulling the transfer strings instead of that twat, Comolli?

Petrov Loan Deal Petrov Loan Deal Reviewed by PoshSpur on 10:18 pm Rating: 5
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