The Cup is half full: City beat one of the better sides in Europe and were dominant.
The Cup is half empty: City's best chance at silverware in years is gone.
The Cup is half full: Robinho and Elano both started and played well.
The Cup is half empty: Richard Dunne got sent off, again.
The Cup is half full: City can focus on the remaining league fixtures.
The Cup is half empty: With 6 games to go City are 6 points behind 7th place.
The Cup is half full: Mark Hughes is the manager of City
The Cup is half empty: Mark Hughes is the manager of City
ok ok, you knew I couldn't resist that last one.
I'll be interested to see the reaction of the fans after this. As one of the first to call for Hughes to go after his early season decisions it's been rather bizarre to see a reversal where I'm supporting the manager and yet the Fulham loss seems to have been the tipping point for many that were on the fence.
Also we've been spoiled by the success of Torres at Liverpool and Elano and Petrov at City. Traditionally it takes at least 1 year for a foreign player to make a mark in the top English division. Hence the January spending pattern which made sense from a practical standpoint.
Lets look at pure self interest here. There is nothing to be gained by Hughes going after this defeat, and hopefully there will not be calls for this to occur. If European qualification does not happen then I expect there to be calls for Hughes to go this summer. As I've stated before, having made the decision in January to stick with Hughes then it is self defeating to go through the process in June. Hughes had his success at Blackburn in his second year. That's the standard by which we should realistically judge.