After it first leaked late this afternoon, it has finally been confirmed, Mark Huges was sacked by Manchester City. His sacking came after a week in which City drew 3-3 with Bolton, lost 3-0 to Tottenham and then Won 4-3 against Sunderland.
According to BBC reports after City's 4-3 win against Sunderland today "Mark Hughes clapped every corner of the City of Manchester Stadium, waved to the City fans and then departed down the tunnel. Forgive me, but that looked like a farewell."
News of Hughes' departure came via a statement, issued just two hours after the 4-3 home win over Sunderland, however various sources close to the Man City dressing room had leaked the information as early as halftime.
Manchester City took no time in appointing a successor to Huges, immediately acquiring the services former Inter Milan head coach Roberto Mancini and as an assistant Brian Kidd. People often dismiss Mancini as an average manager, however he did lead Inter to three straight Seria A titles from 2005-2008, having won the Copa Itallia four times as well.
As for Mark Hughes, there will no doubt be a long line of clubs ready to seek his services, but more importantly this marks an era in football where a successful manager who has cemented his club as one of the elite in England and possibly Europe still has no chance of succeeding with the demands of modern day owners' expectations.
Don't, however, think for one second that I am opposed to foreign owners. Yes, I frown on them, but it is ever more becoming part of the game and eventually will help perhaps even the smallest of clubs grow into super clubs down the stretch.
But this is a sad turn of events that is becoming a bad habit in the Premier League, and it seemed to have started when Jose Mourhinio was sacked by Chelsea almost two years ago, surely it is not hard to see that stability within the team and success comes over time. Seriously, just ask Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, David Moyes, Martin O'neal and even Rafael Benitez who has recently endured tough times at Liverpool but has been a vote of confidence from the board and backing from players and fans.
Personally, I feel for Hughes. He has done nothing wrong at Man City. Since it is simply on the players to get the job done, he is not the one who should take the blame. This will surely mark a sad day for City fans to see Hughes go.