Today our chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has said that Mark Hughes will still be in charge of the club next season.
Khaldoon Al Mubarak said............
"I have been surprised at all the speculation because I have always been consistent with everyone on the subject of the manager," asserted Al Mubarak.''
"Every time I have spoken I have said that we have the highest confidence in Mark and I would like to re-iterate that now. Mark will be our manager next season; nothing has changed.''
"It has been a difficult season with all the rumours written about Mark's future and the number of players that we have been linked with. There has been incredible and unnecessary pressure put on Mark from outside the club - especially from the media but I recognise it comes with the game.''
"From my perspective, I think we have come a long way and I am very much looking to a big finish to the season next week against Bolton.''
"When you consider how things have gone since January I think we have accomplished things and now we can start focusing on next season.''
"For once this club can have a pre-season. This is a club that has had 10 managers in 15 years and changes of ownership it is hard to believe we have ever had a real pre-season.''
"So this time we will have that and we will do so with a year's experiences behind us and that will make us stronger. I think next year is going to be better than this one. The club has a lot more stability."
It is certain that there is going to be a lot of unhappy City fans once they hear what our chairman has had to say, I am not one of them.
In a lot of ways this season has been a total failure but I also think that there has been a lot of positives. The club as a whole is going through a huge transformation from the playing staff to the mentality of the club, a lot is changing and for it all to happen at once must be challenging.
Expectation has certainly taken over at our club and I think that some of us have been getting carried away. Sure it has been a frustrating season, we got knocked out of our domestic cups by lower league teams but then we got to the quarter final of a European competition, what can you say we are City!
So overall we have seen two very different sides from our managers team this season but I think that the good side slightly out weighs when we have been poor. To try and do what City have this season and build a club more or less from scratch must be hard on everyone.
I would like to see Hughes get another season because I believe we need the stability, I also think that he can be the man to take us forward, most of the players also seem to think so. Don't get me wrong though if we start off next season badly then I expect he will be sacked before Christmas.
What do you think?