230px-Manchester_City.svgManchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz has revealed that there is some truth to the rumors of anger amongst the players after Mark Hughes’ sacking as manager of the club.

Speaking before the Daily Mirror, he said:

“Naturally, there was some anger. We had won the game and things still happened. Garry Cook came down and told us after the game. He told us what decision the Sheikh had made and that it was for the good of the club because they were aiming to build something not only for this season, but for the coming ones as well. Of course it’s sad. It is never going to be an easy thing to see your gaffer going because it is somebody losing their job and, even if you don’t have a good relationship with your manager, you cannot be happy to see him leaving the club having lost his job.”

Some rumors go as far as suggesting that Craig Bellamy and Shay Given are ready to walk out on the club in protest, but I very much doubt things will go that far. While the level of unrest in the squad will remain subject to speculation, Roberto Manchini is an experienced manager and will do everything he can to unite the squad.

One might draw parallels between this situation and Steve McLaren’s sacking as England coach last year. Both he and Hughes had massively talented squads at their disposal and were close with the players, but the results were never really there. McLaren’s sacking prompted unrest amongst the squad as well, but now England are reaping the rewards of appointing a level-headed, knowledgeable Italian manager in Fabio Capello. City’s owners will be hoping for the same effect.


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