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Tevez says Man City wrong to fire ex-manager Hughes

AP , MANCHESTER, ENGLAND

Carlos Tevez says Manchester City were wrong to fire ex-manager Mark Hughes and that replacement Roberto Mancini pushes players too hard in training.

Tevez said that Hughes should have been given more time to overcome an uncertain start to the season.

Hughes was fired in December after the team won two of 11 games, although City had drawn eight of those matches.

“You ask me if I thought it was the right decision and the answer is ‘No,’” Tevez said. “I will play for any manager. I play for the shirt and must respect the right of the people who make decisions to change things, but a team does not form overnight. Mark should have been given more time. The decision was taken with too much haste.”

Hughes spent more than £200 million (US$309 million) on players in an attempt to win City a first major title since 1976.

“Did the directors think it through?” Tevez said. “You cannot invest so much and then sack the manager after five months. Look, Mark brought us all here. He is a great manager and he will get another big club, 100 percent.”

Mancini has lifted City to fourth in the standings, putting them in contention for a first-ever appearance in the Champions League, but Tevez said that the players “are not happy” with his training sessions being so long at the end of a gruelling season.

“We are at the end of a long season, we have big matches, we are tired, but there are still double training sessions, morning and afternoon,” Tevez told Tuesday’s Daily Mail newspaper. “Then, the next day, we train for two hours. I do not understand. But, please, he is the coach and I am the player. He is in charge. I am OK with him.”

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