To Mark, Happy Christmas, Love Man City XXX


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. blogdroed says:

    Mark Hughes left Wales in the lurch as soon as a Premiership club came calling … some might say “what goes around comes around” … but I do feel a teensy bit of sympathy for Sparky here.

    Obviously this is just the latest example of Premiership football eating itself and hopefully it won’t be to long before we get our game back.

  2. Jenks says:

    Good article mate, well researched.
    For me they should have given Sparky til the end of the season..Although on our forums polls suggest I’m in a very slim minority.

  3. Vinny says:

    The decision to sack Mark Hughes was apparently made after the Arsenal Carling Cup victory on 2nd December. This would seem to suggest that it was the lack of a Premiership win in October and November (albeit with seven draws & no defeats), rather than the manner of the ignominous 3-0 defeat at Spurs that motivated the owners (ADUG) to change the manager.

    Hughes was not ADUG’s choice as manager, but they gave him £200 million to spend and Robinho as a golden hello. It would appear they lost patience with him.

    I do feel sad for Mark Hughes. For all he may or may not have done wrong, I feel he has always handled himself excellently. He has transformed the club off the pitch, handled himself with dignity, especially yesterday when he knew he was a goner, and bought fairly astutely.

    The media have been their usual hypocritical selves. Hughes his tactics and buys have been slated for months, then he gets sacked and suddenly the whole media is suddenly up in arms. You can’t have it both ways.

    At the end of the day, the team was still not gelling. I would have liked him to have the season to sort it out, the owners disagreed. With all the money they have pumped in, and will do, they do have a right to make an appoinment of their own. This is the norm with new onwers, and Hughes got longer than most.

    However, the manner of his sacking left a lot to be desired. Clubs do go behind managers backs to talk to potential new managers, but they usually give the current manager an indication they are not happy with him. This didn’t happen with Hughes. And if you’re going to get rid of a manager, fine. What you don’t do is do it on match day – what were Cook, Marwood and ADUG thinking? (Shades of Martin Jol at Spurs).

    You are being unfair in your estimation of Mancini. He took over at Fiorentina and Lazio when both clubs were skint, basket-cases and won the Cup at both clubs. The point about Calciopoli is not a valid one. Inter were closely on Juve’s tail in 2005 but were getting increasingly pissed off at bent refs (who Juve & Milan selected) helping Juve & Milan win games. The general rumour in Italy was it was the suits at Inter who grassed up Juve & Milan. They were cheating to their rivals disadvantage and got caught, if “their serious competitors were crippled” they only brought it on themselves and they had been doing the same to their rivals for some time. Mancini won two titles “on the pitch” and two Italian Cups and is still highly regarded there.

    Finally, in a long post, if we at City appear “a curious mixture of occasional arrogance masking hidden inner insecurities”, then that is lot better than the outright arrogance and sense of entitlement of the ‘Big Four’ and their loud whinging when things don’t go their way. I heard a pundit say “Arsenal and Liverpool fans have shown immense patience” the other day. Yeah right, Arsenal last won a trophy five years ago, Liverpool three years ago, and have finished top four in the intervening years. Eleven years ago City were losing at York in the third tier, if you want to demonstrate patience try that and 33 years since a trophy.

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