I’d say that rich, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, but, as Arabs, the owners of Manchester City probably don’t drink. Plus, being able to bathe in oil money seems to be working out okay.
As for stupid? Well, Sparky is keeping his job for another year: “Speculation was rife that the City manager would be removed at the end of the current campaign after a disappointing season, but chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has told Hughes he will be given another season to prove his worth at Eastlands.”
This doesn’t seem like the dreaded ironic ‘vote of confidence’ but an actual statement that Mark Hughes will indeed be on the bench for Man City next season.
Citeh crashed out of the UEFA Cup yesterday, their only shot at silverware, and currently sit 11th in the EPL (suck it, Barclay’s). They are undefeated in the league at the Eastlands, but have merely one road win with only Stoke and WBA being worse away from home.
Hughes has marginalized Elano, allowed himself to be bent over by Robinho, marshalled over the regression of Micah Richards, and shipped Jo on loan to Everton right as the Brazilian found some goal scoring form (that probably correlates highly with him actually playing). Man City could have used his services as they started Felipe Caicedo as a makeshift striker yesterday.
But Hughes has brought in Shaun Wright Phillips and Craig Bellamy (both playing well) as well as seen Steven Ireland have the season of his life (so far).
So, eh, it’s kind of a push.
Still, with all that money comes expectations. One of those expectations is that Citeh would be able to sign anyone and start winning. That hasn’t happened. The first half of that isn’t necessarily Sparky’s fault as nobody wants to go to Citeh but, well, you are what your record is and Citeh sit one point ahead of SF Bolton.
So colour us mildly surprised. But happy. Sparky is at least good blog fodder.