Monday, 22 December 2008

Enough is Enough

Sorry, but I put the blame firmly in the direction of the manager. The (United) supporting media are coming to his defence saying that he needs time as if he inherited a club in turmoil. The turmoil has been created under his managership, he is neither experienced or strong enough to manage a top premiership side. Blackburn's sole ambition with Hughes as boss was a top ten finish and a cup quarter final appearance and that was considered success. If that is what we are aiming at, then bring back Stuart Pearce. I think that we should get rid before they allow him to spend a fortune on players that he is familiar with such as Santa Cruz, Bellamy, Bridge and any other ex Blackburn or Wales players. They will only end up languishing in the reserves and being paid £100000 pw. Under him players like Elano, Richards and Benjani have become liabilities and Dunne has become even more clumsy, he favours non entities such and Vassell and Ball possibly because he doesn't feel threatened by them. So far he has bought turkey's like Jo and Ben-Haim and he replaced Corluka with Zabaleta, why? Strange how Robinho is sitting out games injured with greater frequency. We are told to be patient and remember Alex Ferguson, but United never faced a relegation fight whilst they were waiting for Ferguson to get it right, whereas we always seem to be. It's hard to be patient when you see performances that we have seen over the past few months. Under Hughes the team look like they did in the last days of Frank Clark. Every game, you hoped would be the game the club would turn it around, but each game was as bad as the last. Save the cash that Hughes would have spent and offer Mourinho five million a year to come and sort us out, it will be money better spent.

13 comments:

  1. in response to Tony,Do we realy want to go back to the days when managers were coming and going almost on a monthly basis.
    what is the point of appointing any manager if he is going to be booted out every time we lose a few games,maybe now is the time to hold our nerve,injuries, players losing form its not all Hughes fault.This is a very tough league concentration, fitness have to be of a very high level,concentration has to be 100% and somtimes it has not been.What is wrong with players like Bellamy,SantaCruz,(he has not had agreat season so far maybe a change of scenery will help)Bridge looks ok. Any player with a premiership pedigree who is prepared to fight for the cause will do for me, Steve Bagley

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  2. You lost me when you said "bring back Stuart Pearce", I think this pretty much disqualifies anything you've said and will ever say!

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  3. HOW COME PLAYERS THAT PLAYED AWESOME LAST SEASON UNDER ERICSSON LOOK INCREDIBLY USELESS NOW... EVEN FERNANDES WAS AWESOME, ELANO WAS A CONTENDER FOR PLAYER OF THE SEASON, ITS GOTTA BE HUGHES'S FAULT FOR ME NO DOUBT, ITS FREAKS ME OUT AS HE GETS THE MEDIA'S BACKING WHILE INCEY HAD NO CHANCE WITH THE MEDIA, CONSPIRACY SOMEWHERE!!!

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  4. Jimmy,Blogging with the caps lock does not impress anybody,I seem to recall the second half of last season was very poor.Did you miss the Middlesborough game.Fernandez "awsome" he is and was the headless chicken.Maybe impatient fans and chairmen are to blame for Inces sacking.

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  5. You didn't read what I said, John. I didn't say "Bring back Pearce" I said if the sum total of your ambition is to finish in the top ten, we may as well bring back Stuart Pearce. That isn't my ambition AND more importantly after sinking all the cash that they have into the club, will it be the new owners. The reason Ince was sacked was that Blackburn were playing crap with him as boss and like with Hughes, the fans could see no improvement. I wouldn't mind so much if we were losing games in the last minute after dominating, that you can put down to bad luck. But in the last few months, I have seen the same kind of "I have no idea what to do" football from the players as I did under Clarke and toward the end of Keegan and Pearce's reigns. There weren't many Middlesborough type games under Erikson, but we have many more potential games like that to come under Hughes

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  6. I'm afraid that I have to agree. We have worsened since the 6-0 thrashing of Portsmouth, not improved. Morale seems low and confidence has vanished.

    This, I believe, is down to poor management.

    Hughes has chosen to play one of the best right wingers in the world (imho) in central mid field while opting for the hard working but, frankly useless, Vassell on the right and adding insult to injury by leaving out the talent of Elano (I know he's been a bit crap lately, but there's definitely talent in there!) Our defenders seem to be almost always out of position which is astonishing given that other than toward the end of last year they were an absolute rock.

    I hate to say it, but I don't think Hughes is ready for a big club such as ours and ,as such, I think he needs to do the decent thing and allow someone to come in who can handle and attract the stars that our owners would clearly like to be playing for us.

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  7. Sorry for being dense Harvey but who or what is imho? It is ok to give Elano another chance but not Hughes? As you rightly state a lot of our problems have due to 2 defenders who were the rocks of our defence last year being caught out of position. Injuries, bizarre refereeing decisions have not helped.We beat Arsenal some 4 games ago and are in the last 32 of the EUFA cup so when did Hughes become a crap manager? Sometime after the West Brom game I suspect.

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  8. Harvey in my humble opinion I think you maybe correct about SWP.

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  9. I don't think you are being fair Stevb. I for one stated my concerns after seeing City make some diabolical errors against Aston Villa in August. Back then, I stated that I didn't think that Hughes was the right guy for us and not because he is an ex red. I would welcome Ferguson if it meant he would make us a good side. I was rounded on by a fellow blue who argued we should give Hughes time, so I shut up and said nothing more about him. Fortunately we had some good results such as Portsmouth and West Ham. But to state that City were doing well and mentioning the UEFA Cup run as proof is short sighted. We were rather fortunate to qualify and it certainly wasn't Hughes' superior tacticts that got us through. A point blank miss by the Twente guy in the last minute helped. As for Arsenal, they had virtually a reserve team out against us. OK, so let's do it your way and stick with Hughes (not that we really have a say) But when will you say enough is enough? If we get relegated which on current form and confidence looks possible. If we just escape relegation like we did in Pearce's last season? Then what do we do? persist with him? Sometimes, you can just tell that it isn't going to get any better and that's how I feel about us with Hughes in charge. I have never advocated the sacking of any of our previous managers. Not even Alan Ball, so I'm not one of those blues that wants to change the manager every after the first defeat. But I feel that for the first time in our history, we hav ethe chance to really make it so let's start again from the top downward. Hughes wasn't the new regiems first choice and he certainly hasn't shown them anything that will convince them to keep him on.

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  10. Tony,There seems to be a mystique surrounding football managers,when Ramos's Spurs side started winning games old Harry was asked how he had performed this miracle,Harry being the honest bloke he is just shrugged his shoulders.There is only so much a manager can do, daft refereeing decisions,defenders losing concentration,and an horrendous injury list are beyond the managers control.Why not let him get in the players in he wants see if Bojinov and maybe Prtrov can make a difference.If he was sacked and a new manager brought in (I cannot think of a possible candidate,can you?)Who is to say things would improve?
    I realy hope that the W Brom game hurt the players as much as it hurt us,6 points would put a whole new cmplexion on things.
    Happy Xmas

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  11. Tony.I apologise for infering that you only decided Hughes was a crap manager after the West Brom game as by your own admission you had already made your mind up after four competitive games in charge (two of which we won) and after 4-2 defeat by a team that is now third in the premiership.I don't think there is much Hughes could do to change your mind.You may ultimately be right about him only time will tell,and that much I think he deserves.
    Steve

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  12. By four competative games, I assume you are referring to the qualifying games for the UEFA Cup against a team of no hopers that we should have thrashed and AC Milan in the "lets pretend this means something cup". It was the Villa game that convinced me we would have problems. Fair enough Steve, you are obviously convinced that Hughes is a good manager and are prepared to give him time. I obviously am not going to change your mind. But in my opinion this is the best City squad we have had for thirty years. If a manager can't come in and get players like Robinho, Ireland, SWP, Elano, Benjani etc, etc playing well and instead we are in another relegation scrap, then I fear we have made another maonumental mistake. I guess time will tell which of us is right. The fact is even today there are some people who think Swales was wrong to sack Allison when he did in '79, thankfully though, he did otherwise we would have been enjoying 2nd division football even earlier than we did. I don't advocate sacking the manager after two defeats but as I said, sometimes you can see there is no improvement to come.

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  13. Any road up, let's agree to differ and a Merry Christams to you too Steve, I sincerley hope that you are right and that at the end of the season when we are UEFA Cup winners you can ram my words down my throat, although not literally of course.

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