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There has been plenty of talk in Manchester and the Middle-East recently about the future of Mark Hughes as manager of Manchester City. The Welshman today insisted that he was secure in his post and had the full backing of the club's owner Sheikh Mansour.

It would seem though that the oil-rich Sheikh has been looking around for a potential successor to Hughes, as former Argentina coach Alfio Basile has revealed today that he has been approached by City regarding his availability for the job.

"I've had offers from Manchester City, from England, and from the United Arab Emirates, all of which I'm looking at," Basile told the TyC Sports television channel.

It would seem that patience with Hughes's underachieving team is finally wearing thin, even though he stressed again today that Khaldoon Al Mubarak and owner Sheikh Mansour had assured him that he would still be in charge at Eastlands next month.

Even if Hughes does see out the Christmas period, he will be taking a huge gamble that the signings he manages to acquire in January using City's considerable financial muscle work out, otherwise he will looking for a new job in the summer.

Basile, meanwhile, who was replaced as Argentina's national team coach by living legend Diego Maradona, still thought that he was well capable of doing a fine job at the highest level.

"I really want to keep on coaching," added the 64-year-old.

"I don't know why some people say I'm past it. I think I will come back in June or July."

Zack Wilson, Goal.com
 

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Sparky's not had the best of seasons. Feel sorry for him. I still think he'd be a good successor for SAF when he leaves.
Although, it's good to see City in the relegation zone :D
 

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Well, they got a great result today, defeating Hull 5-1 (3-0 up after 30 mins, 4-0 at HT) but I still think Hughes will be replaced at some point, whether he deserves to be or not.

As for the stories, well its from Goal.com and Basile is an uninspiring choice imo so I can't see it happening.
 

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Sparky's not had the best of seasons. Feel sorry for him. I still think he'd be a good successor for SAF when he leaves.
Although, it's good to see City in the relegation zone :D

Feel sorry for him he has taken the job of Manchester City manager you should be happy he failed !!!!!!!!!:mad:

Sparky is a traitor !:mad:
 
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