We have all seen the spectacular headlines this week regarding Man City and their now failed bid to land Kaka. However these headlines do not take away from the fact that Man City are sitting in 11th place only 4 points away from the bottom teams. The question I ask is "Is this Mark Hughes fault or are the new owners to blame". Personally I believe Hughes is a mediocre manager but a friend of mine believes he is being told who to play/who to sign by the new owners and this is what is causing him to lose authority in the dressing room. What does everyone else think?
I don't think that all the moves are being made by the owners, but there certainly are a few. Robinho was definitely a signing by the owners, as they came in the last minute to take him from Chelsea's grasp at the last minute.
Before Robinho Jo was also an owner signing (by Taksin) as Sven had shown some interest in him and Taksin decided to buy him anyway even after sacking Sven. We all know how that has worked out.
The mega offers for Kaka and Buffon(if the Buffon rumors are true) are probably owner driven moves as well. I've heard that the owner made a list of star targets (the famous list of 4-5 stars that included Kaka, John Terry, and a couple more) and that the only input they wanted from Hughes was for him to choose one. It wasn't a question of whether or not this would be a viable move for the club it was a question of wanting to make a big splash.
I think Bellamy was a Hughes purchase as he'd done the same when he was Blackburn. You can also see some of the moves he's made that no one seems to talk about. Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, Shaun Wright Phillips, Wayne Bridge, Tal Ben Haim. 3 of those 5 have made major contributions to the team, while one has struggeled (Ben Haim), and Bridge just arrived. I think Hughes knows what he's doing. And just look at his record at Rovers. After his first season (finishing 15th) Blackburn went on to finish 6th, 10th, and 7th.