The news only broke at around 18:30 this evening, however already there has been an incredible amount of fall-out from Mark Hughes’ sacking by Manchester City.
You could tell things weren’t looking too great for Hughes when the former Manchester United man took to the dug-out for this afternoon’s 4-3 victory over Sunderland. His body language said it all really. His shoulders slumped, a frown on his face and a huge amount of uncertainty hanging over his head.
A couple of hours before the game, Roberto Mancini, the former Inter Milan boss, became the 1/6 favourite to become the next manager at Eastlands. As we all know by now, Mancini has indeed replaced Hughes in the hot seat and in my opinion, City were right to sack Hughes.
As Khaldoon Al Mubark, the Chairman at the City of Manchester stadium, put it : “A return of two wins in 11 Premier League games is clearly not in line with the targets that were agreed and set.”
Those who say that sacking a manager who has lost the least amount of games in the Premier League this season are not looking at the bigger picture. Ok, he may have lost only two games in eighteen, however the number of draws is unacceptable for a side trying to break into the top four.
Drawing at home to the likes of Hull City, Burnley and Fulham just isn’t good enough. The people at City have decided to react and personally, I think those behind the scenes at Liverpool should do the same.
I understand there is a shortage of money at Anfield, however the sooner they get rid of Rafa Benitez the better. Liverpool were beaten 2-0 against the league’s bottom side Portsmouth, leaving the Merseyside club sitting in 7th place in the table, 13 points behind leaders Chelsea.
I really can’t understand why there isn’t more pressure on the Spaniard. It really does show how far Manchester City have come when they are sacking their manager sitting in 6th in the table, whilst Liverpool are sticking with their man and they are behind City.