Tidbits: Mark Hughes sacked, is Torres off to Chelsea?

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Man City have sacked Mark Hughes and replaced him with Roberto Mancini. Rumours have been flying around all week about his future with City, and the owners decided that it was time to axe him, as they have not been achieving the goals that they had set for the Club. They have only lost 2 games this season, but have dropped far too many points on draws. What sounds like a divided dressing room, some players will be happy with this decision, while the likes of Shay Given, Craig Bellamy and Gareth Barry reportedly urged the club to reverse the decision, to no avail. Hughes apparently delivered an emotional dressing room speech after yesterdays win and the players were disgusted with the way he is been treated. Blame is being put on City Chief Executive Gary Cook. While some are of the opinion that Hughes lavish spending spree + the dropping of Robhino and Adebayor sounded his exit. For More see : ESPN

Meanwhile, Hughes has issued a statement expressing his disappointment at the clubs decision. He feels that he was on track to achieve City’s target of a top 6 finish: “I am extremely disappointed not to have been given the opportunity to see through my plans at the club. At the beginning of the season I sat down with the owners and it was agreed that a realistic target for the season would be sixth place in the Premier League, or in the region of 70 points. All of this was communicated to the players and we all knew where we stood.

He also claims that he had no previuos warning on the dismissal: “I was informed after yesterday’s match against Sunderland that my contract with Manchester City was being terminated with immediate effect.

“Notwithstanding media coverage to the contrary, I was given no forewarning as to the club’s decision. Given the speed with which my successor’s appointment was announced, it would appear that the club had made its decision some considerable time ago.”

Hughes ended: “I am very proud of the fact that I steered the club through the most significant period of change in its history. I have always been aware of the responsibility that comes with being afforded the luxury of a significant transfer budget, and I was grateful that the club supported me with significant investment in players. I very much regret, however, that I will not now be able to enjoy the success that would undoubtedly have followed in the light of that investment.

“I believe that I have handled with dignity the recent pressure placed upon me by press speculation.”

Liverpool’s golden boy Fernando Torres is the £60m target of Chelsea. Rumours amid Liverpool’s disappointing season thus far suggest that Nando, who has a has always publically declared his love for the Reds, will be reviewing his position and future at the club. Manager Rafa Benitez admits: “Fernando is one of the best strikers in the game and, at his age, can only get better.

“Every major side would want him in their team.”

Chelsea’s Carlo Ancelotti has always been an admirer of Torres, and Liverpool wiill find it difficult to hold onto him. They had previously rejected an offer from City, but with finances tough at the club, who knows what will happen? Let’s hope his loyalty will prevail. His armband proved he was a red, Torres Torres…
Source: The Mirror

Chelsea are also hoping to land Sevilla want-away Luis Fabiano. They will have to battle it out with Manchester United for his signature. Fabiano is a fan of bith clubs: “I see United as a team with a very interesting style of play, of passing, of crossing. I think it would be easy to fit in.

“Then there’s the Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti, whom I really admire, and Sir Alex Ferguson, too.”
Source: Sky Sports

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