Five reasons why Hughes deserved the boot at City

Having won just two of the last 11 games under-pressure Mark Hughes finally got the boot at the Manchester City.

The Blues moved quickly to replace the Welshman with Italian coach Roberto Mancini in a move which has been widely criticised (actually almost exclusively by the BBC).

5Live pundit Alan Green slated the City owners and questioned the capabilities of Mancini and the idiots on the Match of the Day sofa kept repeating the words “time”, “gel” and “patience” without trying to even have an closer look at Hughes 18-month spell in charge.

Becasue it is not only the results under Hughes that have been poor…

Poor scouting
Besides a few exceptions, notably the signings of Nigel De Jong and Vincent Kompany, Hughes displayed an ignorance of the world game. If you look at the players which arrived during the summer they were all Premier League players with good reputations.

Hughes could have bought better players available on the European market, with Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Ruud Van Nistelrooy among the better known players available for transfer.

His ex-Manchester United team-mate Steve Bruce is the perfect example of how to think outside the box and develop a proper scouting network. At Wigan Bruce brought through the excellent but little known Maynor Figueroa, Hugo Rodallega, Antonio Valencia and Wilson Palacios – something Hughes failed to do.

Failure to manage big names players
The best managers can manage big name players but Hughes just couldn’t keep all his stars content.

While Craig Bellamy has been immense for the entire season Hughes was unable to coax the best form, or even consistency, out of Robinho, Emmanuel Adebayor or Carlos Tevez during his tenure.

Tactical errors
Hughes failed to get to grips with the balance of the City midfield.

Once Gareth Barry arrived at the club it was increasingly difficult to fit De Jong, Stephen Ireland and the former Villa midfielder into the same central midfield.

When City started leaking goals they needed more steel in the midfield and Ireland or Barry could have been sacrificed for a partnership of De Jong and Kompany – fit since September – to sit in front of Kolo Toure and Joleon Lescott.

Inability to defend
City’s ability to defend from both open play and set pieces cost Hughes dearly.

With the ability to get goals from wide players Bellamy and Wright-Phillips, Hughes could have provided more defensive cover for his centre backs who failed to give anything like there best form.

He’s Mark Hughes
If you are going to provide a manager unlimited money to build the squad dreams are made of would you give that golden opportunity to Mark Hughes or a manager of your own choosing?

While Hughes has won nothing, Mancini has landed the Coppa Italia with Fiorentina and Lazio as well as winning the same trophy twice more and the Serie A title three times with old club Inter Milan.


Hughes could prove the unlikely casualty of managerial merry-go-round

As Sven Goran Eriksson’s departure from Manchester City was finally confirmed and Chelsea upped their search for a new man at the Bridge the unlikely casualty of the whole episode could be Blackburn’s Mark Hughes.

The former Manchester United striker has worked wonders in his role at Ewood Park with a unerring eye for picking up transfer bargains such as David Bentley, Benni McCarthy and Roque Santa Cruz.

But with the Welshman linked to both jobs, already having held talks with City, he may be undone by his own ambition.

In his time with the Rovers’ Hughes has been backed by the board, with the power-keepers more than happy to let him steadily progress in his role.

However, with Grant and Eriksson only given mere months to bring sweeping success to their clubs it is unlikely that Hughes would be afforded more time in either role.

Hughes would do well to remember the plight of Bolton’s Sam Allardyce.

Big Sam slowly built his reputation at the Reebok stadium, only to have it torn to shreds in less than hale a season at Newcastle United.

Even though Hughes appears to hold the key to a golden managerial future he should choose his next move very carefully.