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Clowns are still in charge of circus.

Byline: Barry HORNE

THE weekend saw the departure of a class act from a circus.

It would appear that Mark Hughes has been a dead man walking since Garry Cook brought in the Arab money to Manchester City.

No matter how polished and pristinely presented their hostesses, receptionists and corporate lounges might be, everyone in football can now see them for what they are in their treatment of a decent bloke.

Francis Lee, a man who wore the pale blue shirt with great distinction and who went on to be chairman of the club, once said: "If there was a cup for cock ups, City would win it every year."

Manchester City fans over the decades have, almost to a man, been heard to utter the phrase "Well it is Manchester City" to explain away their latest misfortune.

City, in many ways, were many people's second favourite team for the way in which they were always so endearingly incompetent.

But their latest behaviour is leaving them in very real danger of replacing Chelsea and Manchester United as the most reviled football club amongst ordinary fans.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 26, 2009
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