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.
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.
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.
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.