columnist Rob Facey asks what will happen next at Eastlands
after it has been revealed that two senior players ignored calls to warm up
Manchester City players are doing their under-fire manager
no favours after news that Michael Ball and Dietmar Hamann ignored Mark
Hughes's instructions to warm up last weekend.
The Daily Mail
claims that the two players, who were named as subs for City's 2-2 at the KC
Stadium, ignored their manager's calls for them to strip off midway through the
Just days after the Brazilian uprising at City in which
Robinho, Elano and Jo all voiced their displeasure at the current situation at
the club, the fact that this story has now been made public will surely
increase the pressure on Hughes further.
The story goes that Hamann didn't hear Hughes' calls but
that Ball, who has only made five appearances this season, was reluctant in
acknowledging his manager's demands.
Both turned out for the reserves this week by way of a
punishment, but that is the tip of the iceberg for City.
Their erratic form is worrying enough, but with rumours of
dressing room unrest now appearing almost weekly, Hughes will be praying for
the transfer window to open in order to bring in a few new faces and ship out a
So what do the fans make of this sensational claim?
The paper claims that team mates were "appalled" when then
they heard that such senior figures, in particular Hamann, were acting so
petulantly, but does this expose a greater problem at the club?
Does this say more about Hughes' man management skills than
the situation at Eastlands?
What will happen to the players? Should they be sacked by
the club out of principle, or will they just
be blackballed by Hughes while he is in charge at the club?
Or should Hughes be looking over his shoulder? As the unrest
grows, will the players stage a coup and get rid of the boss?