I am extremely disappointed not to have been given the opportunity to see through my plans at the Club. At the beginning of the season I sat down with the owners and it was agreed that a realistic target for the season would be 6th place in the Barclays Premier League, or in the region of 70 points. All of this was communicated to the players and we all knew where we stood. Whilst everyone at the Club would obviously have wanted to see more wins, we were absolutely on target at the time of my dismissal. Only recently we had terrific victories against both Arsenal and Chelsea.This is the key point here. Not only was Hughes not allowed to meet the targets set for him in the first place, but he was on course to meet those targets. This is what makes the decision to sack him in December not just a dumb one but a pretty devious one too.
Sunday, 20 December 2009
He's broken his silence via the LMA. And this is the most important bit: