Back in 2009, when Mark Hughes was replaced by Roberto Mancini at the Manchester City helm, with the Italian going on to guide the Sky Blues to their first-ever Premier League title, some supporters have drawn parallels between the Welshman’s sacking and Jose Mourinho’s Spurs appointment.
In Hughes’ last game for the club, a 4-3 win over Sunderland at the Etihad, the ex-Man United man stood on the touchline knowing it was his last game managing City, with Mancini’s appointment soon after drawing plenty of criticism from the media at the time due to the way it was handled.
However, pointing out a potential double-standard, City supporters have compared that fiasco with Mourinho’s appointment at Spurs – with the Portuguese seemingly jumping in Mauricio Pochettino’s grave merely hours after it was announced he’d been given his marching orders.
The only difference, according to supporters, is one sacking getting stick from sections of the media while Pochettino’s seemingly hasn’t.
Here’s how they explained the double-standard on Twitter:
Don’t hold your breath
— kippaxtel (@kippaxtel) November 20, 2019
Not a chance
— Jason froggy brown (@Jasonbr55812024) November 20, 2019
It was reported as if it had never happened before in the history of management succession whereas it is pretty standard to have a plan
Henry Winter should have been thrown out of the Etihad for the way he behaved in Mancini’s 1st presser
— gr0wler1968 (@gr0wler1968) November 20, 2019
Nothing. And we all know that.
— Edwomble (@edwomble16) November 20, 2019
You know the answer to that fellas 🤣🤣
— Paul Rawlinson (@PaulRawlinson3) November 20, 2019
— Sarcasm.I.Am 🏆🏆🏆🏆 (@T0nyB3nn3tt) November 20, 2019
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No of course not. Don’t be silly.
— Chris Sherry (@chris_sherry90) November 20, 2019