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Good Luck, Sparky

Former City boss Mark Hughes was yesterday appointed the new manager of Fulham and, as true football supporters, we wish him all the best in his new role.

Stamford Bridge Chelsea v Manchester City Premier League 15/03/2009 Manchester City Manager Mark Hughes watches his team fail to win away again. Photo Roger Parker Fotosports International

When Hughes first joined City, I wasn’t exactly thrilled at the fact that an ex-red was in charge at Eastlands. To me, he didn’t have the experience to manage a club with ambitions like City.

The big problem for Hughes of course, was the takeover of ADUG. To City, that was the best thing that ever happened to the club. For Hughes, it was the worst. From managing a team on a limited budget, Hughes suddenly found himself responsible for the fortunes of the world’s richest club.

From thereon, every move in the transfer market was scrutinised, particularly following the signing of Robinho, and the Premier League waited to see what he would do during the January transfer window.

Of course it was the summer window of 2009 that put Hughes under even more pressure, particularly with the money that was being spent and when the team failed to perform during the Autumn, Hughes himself could probably have guessed that his time was up, so it was no real surprise to see him sacked in December.

At that point, I think opinions had begun to change and I even found myself being angered by City’s move to replace him with Mancini. But, in hindsight, it was probably for the best that Hughes moved on and now he is in charge at Fulham, we hope to see good things from the West Londoners.

Good luck in your new job Mark and best wishes for next season

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