VOTE: Is Mark Hughes capable of taking Manchester City to the next level?

The richest club in the world are closer to breaking the bottom three than the Big Four

At the start of the season everyone was discussing the impact Sir Alex Ferguson’s protégés were going to make in the Premier League but less than halfway into the season, almost all of them have struggled.

Steve Bruce is the exception and his Wigan team are ninth but Roy Keane left Sunderland, who won 4-0 today, in the relegation zone while Paul Ince has gone eleven games without a win and is five points from safety with a Blackburn team that finished seventh last season.

But the one who has almost slipped under the radar is Mark Hughes. Obviously Manchester City’s chances of relegation are minimal considering they will spend big next month. However, Hughes inherited a team that finished tenth last season and spent close to £80 million over the summer so to be just two points above the drop, a gap Newcastle could eradicate with victory tomorrow, is clearly unacceptable.

Hughes won just two of his first fourteen games in charge of Blackburn before establishing himself as one of the country’s most promising young managers so should Manchester City give him time or is he simply the wrong man to take the Citizens to the next level? Let us know with a vote and comment below:

11 responses so far
  • uncle buk // December 13, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    bring back sven, we’ve gone into reverse and we are building up speed, the only level hughes will have us at is championship level. the guy is playing guys out of position while he has better players on the bench because he may have had a fall out with em, when he really should be using them and moving them on when he can. the team has no consistancy because nobody knows what the best 11 is. he’s belatedly started to use elano again which upsets the rytham again, he should have been playing instead of vassel a long time ago thus being able to play SWP on the wing. i could go on and on and on but the internet isn’t big enough!

  • Raph88 // December 13, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    totally agree. plus only now he’s realised that kompany is one the most accomplished centre backs in the world and was wasted holding in midfield. a carthorse like hamann can do that job. also get ‘one-mistake-a-game’ Dunne out of the side.

    they need a high level LB and DM. then cover for kompany and richards. tal ben haim is rubbish. then get a world-class striker cos benjani will never be. then cover for ireland and elano. vassell should be out of the club let alone the side. jo can be a competent backup. and don’t spend idiot amounts on buffon. hart is gold. SO:

    SWP (wide), ROBINHO (wide)

    Sparky will never be able to make and accomodate all these changes. They need a bigger, more continental name.

  • Scott // December 13, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    You’ve got to be kidding guys!

    Hughes has been in charge for months…not years. We’ve effectively been the richest club in the world for precisely 1 day. For crying out loud, don’t call for the head of the first decent manager we’ve had in a long, long time.

    It’s typical of today’s “I want it all, and I want it now!” society to want to chop and change at the first sign of a hitch.

    Fergie didn’t win the league in his first season, and he started with a club who were already featuring in cup finals. For those of you who want instant success, go and support Utd, Liverpool or Arsenal. I’m happy to give Hughes time and space to build his own team and rid the team of players who clearly do not stack up. Some of those may turn out to be players he brought in, but show me a current successful manager who hasn’t done just that. For every C.Ronaldo there’s a Veron, for every Eric Cantona there’s a Neil Webb, for every Andy Cole there’s been a Louis Saha. Fergie’s had money and blown it, but has been given yet more to replace it – Wenger has been the same.

    Today’s opponents have a manager who took his team into the Champions League on a budget and also narrowly escaped relegation the season after…did they panick? did they balls. They stuck by him, and his team today were a reflection of him – hard working, honest and up for a battle. In the end, I can’t say I begrudge them the points.

    Sack Hughes? No. Support the team, the manager and the club? Yes.

    Enjoy the ride chaps, it’s gonna be great. One result does not make a season, and a new manager (yes, it’s only been 5 months) should not be judged on a team that isn’t his yet.



  • Upminster Iron // December 13, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Agree with every sentiment in Scott’s post besides one point: you won’t find instant success by supporting Arsenal!

  • Scott // December 13, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    OK iron, fair enough. They’re still on the Champs League though!

  • Raph88 // December 14, 2008 at 9:29 am

    the harsh reality, scott, is that if you want to move up you need make changes cold-heartedly. you and others may want to do a villa or an everton but i’m sure there’s plenty others especially the sheikhs who are getting more and more sick and tired of mediocrity. it’s not ideal but that’s football these days. plus there’s enough big names out sniffing around for a job.

  • leedixon // December 14, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    “It’s typical of today’s “I want it all, and I want it now!” society to want to chop and change at the first sign of a hitch.”

    Scott, sorry to break this to you mate but it’s the owners of MCFC that want it all now anf they are the ones who’ll be sacking Hughes for Mourinhho,or Klinsman or someone they’ve heard of.

  • Scott // December 14, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but the owners have echoed my sentiments haven’t they? Hughes may or may not turn out to be the best City manager in 30 odd years, but the only way of finding out is by giving him something no other City boss has had since before bacon face joined the rags all those years ago…time!

    Around the same time that we beat them 5-1, the utd board had a difficult decision to make regarding the future of their manager. Do they listen to the increasing groundswell of “fergie out” arguments, or do they hang fire and see if his signings come good and they start to climb the table?

    They made a good choice.

    We, the fans, are a passionate bunch. We see some, but not all of what goes on at the club. We don’t see the day to day, the work behind the scenes, the training or the team talks. All we can base our (sometimes irrational) comments on what we see at eastlands every other Saturday. We don’t see what the board see other than for the 90mins on the pitch – important though it is.

    We’re the best team in the world after beating arsenal and now we are the worst. My opinion is that we are somewhere in between. Its only my opinion, but I just think that sacking Hughes at this point is rash, mis-informed and ill advised.

    What do we do in May (after the new “big name” manager has had his 5 months like Hughes) and things are no better?

    Sack him too?

    Things always seem worse after a defeat!



  • uncle buk // December 15, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    good points folks but i’ll stick by what i’ve wrote, if you unleash sven with that amount of money he would deliver. we play west brom at the hawthornes this weekend and i’ll put money on it we do not win. we’ll draw with hull at home and blackburn will have a new manager so you know what that means! we’ll probably get spanked. we will limp into the new year miles away from a place in europe and never recover.

  • skyblueforever // December 16, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Hughes is not up to the job as he is not capable of handling world class players together with their egos. He did well at “meat and potatoes” Blackburn, but he is at a different level now and it shows. With a club full of interntional players he cannot cobble a win against the weakest opposition and has somehow managed to drive the team into the relegation zone.
    I don’t believe it will make any differnce who is brought in come January. With Ailsa at the helm it could well be the Championship for City in 2009.

  • jason // December 21, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Now we lose to albion so definately out with hughes by the time he gets it right the season will get over n city might do a leeds united bring in hiddink he knows how to handle money n big name players they really need the likes of veloso taiwo n an extraordinary striker by the way instead of them paying 60 mn for villa rather they get hold of benzema for the same amount

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