Date: 22nd December 2008 at 8:34am
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Vital Manchester City new signing, BitterBlue sent us the following article.

To see the redtop vultures circling Eastlands is to be expected, but to hear a ground swell of supporters turning on Mark Hughes is much more concerning.

Do we really believe that after only six months Mark Hughes has somehow gone from being the best young British manager to Alan Ball overnight?

Yes we had 15 more points this time last year but this flattered the actual performances; born out by the second half of the season. Also, look at who scored the vast majority of the goals. Bianchi, Mpenza, Samaras, and Geovanni have all since left, and would we really like to see any of them return in a player-exchange for Robinho? Also scoring for fun were Petrov and Johnson who have barely kicked a ball between them this term. Then there was Elano showing the sort of form we’ve not seen in over 12 months, and whose City career is proving a carbon copy of his time at Shakhtar.

Looking at the current squad, do you think there is any team in the premier league that would willingly swap their centre forwards for Benjani and Vassell? On the other hand, who would swap their left back for Ball, and their midfield enforcer for Fernandes? Or could cope without Petrov and Johnson?

Mark Hughes’ transfer activity is hard to criticise. When we were still buying in Baht, and after he had Jo dumped on him, he brought in Kompany, Ben-Haim, Wright-Phillips, and Zabaleta; with his only cheque written in Dinar he’s brought in Robinho. Add to this the non-sales of Dunne and Ireland and it’s difficult to question his judgment when it comes to playing staff.

It doesn’t take ‘inside sources’ to ascertain there may well be discontent within the club either. It can probably be expected when you have a truly world-class player amongst average players, and temperamental players who believe they’re excellent but who barely deserve a place on the bench.

January will give Hughes his first real opportunity to prove his worth. Not only can he strengthen the squad but more importantly it’s the first chance he’s had to break up the cliques and negative influences he’ll now be fully aware of. The players that leave will be as important as the players coming in.

To sack Hughes now should be unthinkable, but if we allow the murmurs of discontent to rise above a whisper, we will only have ourselves to blame when we are relegated the same season as becoming the richest club in the world. Then again, that does feel like it could be our true destiny.

Courtesy of BitterBlue

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