Sunday, December 20, 2009

Breaking News: Hughes OUT

Official club statement:
Manchester City FC can confirm that it has today terminated the contract of Mark Hughes.

In giving reason for the termination Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said:

"Prior to the current season beginning, with significant investment in players and infrastructure in place, the consensus between the Board and coaching staff was that appropriate agreed targets should be set for the 2009/2010 season.

"The targets were agreed as a result of the player acquisition strategy of the club being radically accelerated in the summer as a result of very favourable conditions for any buying club. It was also based on the fact that the infrastructure of the club had been overhauled completely at great cost in order to create the best possible environment for the team.

"A return of two wins in 11 Premier League games is clearly not in line with the targets that were agreed and set. Sheikh Mansour and the Board felt that there was no evidence that the situation would fundamentally change. This is a particularly difficult announcement given the personal investment over the past 15 months on all sides and we would like to put on record our respect for and thanks to Mark Hughes and we wish him the best in his future career."

Manchester City Football Club can confirm the appointment, with immediate effect on a permanent contract, of Roberto Mancini and are also pleased to announce that Brian Kidd will join Roberto as assistant manager.

Commenting on the appointment, Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: "Roberto is a hugely experienced manager with a proven track record of winning trophies and championships. His experience and track record speak for themselves. What is absolutely clear is that Roberto believes in Manchester City’s potential to achieve at the highest level and importantly in his own ability to make this happen. My hope is that our incredible fans will join us in welcoming Roberto to the football club."

Mark Bowen, Eddie Niedzwiecki, Kevin Hitchcock and Glyn Hodges have also left the Club and further appointments will be announced in due course.
We'll allow the news to sink in first before passing judgement on the decision. However, we wish Sparky all the best for the future.


  1. Im glad his been sacked. Seeing chelsea have success with an italian coach, hopefully we city have the same success or even better.

    go city!

    Gianni Melbourne

  2. I suppose it was inevitable given the indifferent/inconsistent form - typical of City through the ages, it's just that the players cost/earn a lot more now.

    I get the impression Sparky was not able to impress himself on some of the large egos in the dressing room, some of his more expensive signings didn't perform and he seems to be tactically clueless. I don't know whether Mancini (Man Cini) is the man to take City up to the next level, but he certainly has a bigger international profile than Hughes and may be more able to get the egos working together - although how many of them will be there long term is debatable since he seems to have a large shopping list for the January window.

    There ought to be 'Man City - The Soap' on the telly, there'd never be a dull moment!

    Paul, Melbourne


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