Hughes offered Bruce support

Former Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has been offered support by a number of other current Premier League bosses.

Hughes was axed by the Citizens on Saturday evening, despite City having lost just twice this season, following a summer of major moves in the transfer market.

Hughes' former Manchester United team-mate Steve Bruce said after his side lost 4-3 at City:"You can't build clubs in 18 months or one transfer window, you need a bit of time.

"It's got to stop. What the hell's the point spending years getting coaching badges and qualifications when you only get six months in the job?

"I don't think anyone is surprised by these things anymore. It is ridiculous. You are not going to encourage any young person to try and take this up. What is the point?

"I am disappointed for Mark Hughes, really disappointed."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger also voiced his surprise at Hughes' departure, saying:"It is very sad when a manager loses his job. It is always a sad day when you are not given the time.

"From the outside it looks surprising and sad."

Hull City boss Phil Brown added:"It just shows how amazing the Premier League is.

"To have a mouthwatering Carling Cup semi-final against Manchester United, I thought, would have kept Mark certainly in the job as long as he needs to be.

"They have only been beaten twice this season, but obviously the owners have decided on a change of plan."

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