Manchester City Needs Claudio Ranieri To Lead Them to Glory

Vincent MuambiContributor IMay 27, 2009

TURIN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 14:  Claudio Ranieri coach of Juventus directs his players during the Serie A match between Juventus and Udinese at the Stadio Comunale  on September 14, 2008 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by New Press/Getty Images)

Mark Hughes is a good coach. He's a man who is known for getting the best out of little, in terms of talent, but otherwise, he is not the big time manager that the club needs if Manchester want to seriously challenge for Europe next year. 

The reality of football now requires that you have a top end coach who has the backbone and the experience to coach a club to European competitions and league honors...well, Manchester City don't have any, and Mark Hughes just doesn't fit the bill.

His handling of Robinhno and Elano and the surrounding talent at Manchester City speaks for itself: a disappointing tenth place finish, despite the fact that City boasts one of the best young crop of talents with Ireland, Robinhno, Elano, Michah, and Kompany.

Take all of those players to a club like Manchester United or Arsenal, and every one of those players would be a starter for those respective two clubs. 

Ireland would make a perfect pact with a Ronaldo and Giggs at United, Elano could fit in seamlessly with Fletcher and Park patrolling the midfield, and Michah and Kompany can provide the perfect compliment for Rio, Neville, and Evra, as well.

So why aren't we seeing that in Manchester City?

It all points to one man: Mark Hughes. Hughes was brought in last summer to replace Erikkson, and despite that, Manchester City was still struggling throughout the campaign, even to the point where Robinhno couldn't save the team on some nights.

Claudio Ranieri, formally of Juventus, would be a perfect kind of manager that a team like the Eastlanders could build around.

Ranieri has been there before, when he was manager of Chelsea, and was able to build a solid team comprised of good quality talent. He led Chelsea to a second place finish in 2004, was a Champions League quarter-finalist, and is admired by fans alike.

He'll fit in nicely with the new owners of Man City, who want to do everything in their financial power to make Man City a global football powerhouse. That, of course, will take time, but to have Ranieri on the sidelines would make things more interesting.