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Have Manchester City players stopped listening to their manager?

It doesn’t bode very well if you’re a Premier League manager with a gameplan for the weekend’s match, only to see your team fail to follow the said instructions and lose in miserable fashion yet again. Is this latest revelation further evidence that Mark Hughes is living on borrowed time?

The Daily Telegraph reports that the Welshman was ‘furious’ after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Portsmouth, with his team showing no signs of improvement on the road. If anything, this was their worst away day showing of the season, with players seemingly unable to follow the guidelines laid down by Hughes ahead of the match.

“I was angry because we worked really hard all week to give the players lots of information and an understanding of the game,” he said. “But on Saturday that was not taken on board.

“If you veer away from what you’re trying to do then on occasions you will be exposed and we didn’t get anything like the performance on Saturday and in the end got what we deserved – nothing.

“We have to have variation in the way we play and we cannot just pass and probe. It’s frustrating because we see good signs and then, away from home we’re disappointing. It has got to stop.”

Is the Manchester City manager down the creek without a paddle, or do you still think Hughes will be in charge come the start of next season? It’s clear that not all of this season’s signings have been players that the Welshman requested, most notably Robinho, a player who has not turned up (metaphorically and literally) on occasions. Just what’s the problem with City?

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