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Tim Lovejoy - Hughes sacking was inevitable

Published: 24 Dec 2009 - 16:43:38

There's been a lot of outspoken reaction to the sacking of Mark Hughes at Manchester City, but I can't say it came as much of a surprise to me.

These fellas with big bank accounts are looking for the most experienced managers in the game. Hughes was on borrowed time from the first game of the season.

What does surprise me, is that City looked beyond Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink - two proven, established managers with Premier League credentials - and instead opted for Roberto Mancini.

Mourinho came to Chelsea and won the title in his first season. As a Chelsea fan I'd hate to see him at City, but who better to guide them forward than the Special One?

As for Hughes, he's just the latest casualty in a remarkably fickle business. I read a stat last week that claimed only five or six managers who'd been in the pro game at two clubs or more have avoided the sack.

When you take a big job, like Hughes did at City, there's a very good chance you're going to end with a P45 on your desk. Only one team can win the Premier League after all.

LEVEIN CAN INSPIRE SCOTLAND

I think Craig Levein is the right man to lead Scottish football forward after a miserable period for the national team.

When I was a kid Scotland saw themselves on a level footing with England, but in recent years they've seriously struggled to make an impression.

Most people will tell you the passion has faded somewhat, and Levein sees that as his primary objective in the job - to bring back that famous Scottish fighting spirit and kickstart a new era.

If he succeeds, Scotland could reap the benefits and put themselves in contention to qualify for the major tournaments.

BOXING DAY MADNESS

The Boxing Day fixture list usually throws up some real Christmas crackers. One that stands out for me is the remarkable 4-4 draw between Chelsea and Aston Villa in 2007. Three players were sent off in that one, and Gareth Barry scored an injury-time equaliser to steal a point.

The Independent called it 'the day they went berserk at The Bridge'.

This year I have to say I'm annoyed we've been handed Birmingham away. Boxing Day should be about local derbies, not asking fans to make long trips. That said, crazy season is upon us, so I'm sure they'll be some superb action up and down the country.

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Tim Lovejoy rose to fame as the genial co-host of Soccer AM, deploying his sharp wit and extensive football knowledge alongside Helen Chamberlain when the show launched in 1996. A Saturday audience of millions tuned in, and Lovejoy fast became a household name. After leaving Sky in 2007, Lovejoy is now a regular presenter at BBC Radio 5 Live, and co-hosts the popular Friday night show, ‘Murray and Lovejoy’s Sports Express’ with Colin Murray. He can also be found hosting BBC Two's Sunday magazine show, 'Something for the Weekend'.

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