I understand the overall argument about the lack of patience in football today, but what is all the crying over Hughes about?
He knew the markers set and was given an opportunity that no other manager has been given in this league. I doubt even the Hughes' cheerleaders would've bet 10 quid on him being a good enough manager to put City in the top four under the best of circumstances.
Most think him a good manager but not of the experience and quality that could get Man City in the CL or even organize/develop the team quickly and effectively enough to look a serious contender by the end of the season.
We've seen many new owners come in this league and others and immediately dismiss managers with little to no explanation other than "because we can." Most everyone doubted Hughes' prowess under the weight of well stated objectives.
Yet against expectations the City owners gave Hughes a season and a half, good faith, and handed him an ungodly amount of money to do his will. If that's not respect I don't know what is.
As for the Mancini saga, it was totally responsible of them to have someone ready in case they felt Hughes was not making steady progress. If you're a professional and get hired into a critical position usually there is a probationary period of three to six months. Any employer would be an idiot not to have scouted other talent in case you weren't a fit. It doesn't matter whether they'd been talking to Mancini for three days, three weeks, or since taking over.
Whether in first, seventh, or 15th place, Hughes wasn't improving the team. They've done as well as they have due to exceptional individual performances of Bellamy, Tevez, Adebayor, SWP and others so far this season. They still lack an organized and consistent attack.
Hughes' lack of organization has been most glaring at the back. Toure and Lescott didn't suddenly become awful defenders. I think that Given is a top-notch shotstopper, is great off his line and distributes well. However the keeper is also partly responsible for organizing the back line. At some point someone needs to seriously evaluate why, for years now, every defense that's ever played in front of him has been either painfully inconsistent or just plain horrid.
The funny thing is often those very same defenders were/are deemed excellent if not solid before and after playing with him.
Manchester City's owners wagered an incredible amount of money and over a season's good faith on a mediocre British manager. If City is to progress with their investment it's time they parted ways. Best to Hughes in the future and good luck to City in their quest to shake up the top four.