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Given calls for City patience
21 Feb 2009 - 13:14:09
Shay Given hopes Manchester City manager Mark Hughes will be handed the time to improve the club's fortunes.
Hughes' expensively assembled squad has flattered to deceive this term, but former Newcastle United goalkeeper Given is convinced stability is what the club needs.
He said: "It's not rocket science that if you keep changing your manager every year you aren't going to get stability at the club.
"I don't want to see what happened at Newcastle happening at Manchester City and I hope Mark Hughes is here for a long time.
"The longest-serving manager I had at the club was Bobby Robson and they were probably the most successful years I had at the club.
"Then it was all change again, another manager, new players, new ideas and at the end of it the changing didn't do a lot for anyone.
"Because the club is so financially well backed there is more coverage and more of a spotlight.
"But Manchester City needs to have a settled manager and the owners need to keep backing him. It's not going to happen overnight.
"The club has financial power but we have to get up the league to attract more top quality players.
"The manager sold the club to me and told me the ambitions and where he wanted it to go and what the owners wanted and it's exciting and a journey I want to be on."