For me, Norfstander has rapidly become one of the 'must read' City opinions in the blogosphere and he has an excellent post up at the moment as a reaction to some of the opinion and comment that eminated in the wake of yesterday's draw.
The morning's press line is very much of the Hughes is on borrowed time, with the 'Hughes out' commentators very much in force over at the MEN, but he makes a very good point with regards to the fact that it isn't simply a case of blindly supporting Hughes but looking at the bigger (and more long term) future:
What they don't seem to understand is that there are huge expanses of middle ground. Those of us pointing out that even the suggestion of a change at the top is reactionary and daft see Hughes' flaws, that's always been the case, and we all agree that what we're getting at the minute isn't good enough. None of us blindly defend the manager for the sake of doing so, we've just seen where these sort of decisions have gotten us in the past, and believe in giving whoever is in charge a fair crack of the whip.Yesterday's game marked the third point mark of the season. Of course, seven draws on the spin is frustrating - moreso than disappointing I would argue. Yet we still sit in sixth place, and this season has seen our most consistent set of league placings for many years. There is also the very real possibility of progressing through to the semi-final of the Carling Cup this coming week.
The money that has been pumped into the club has of course raised expectation levels, but without an acceptance that progression does take time. Overnight success is rarely attained, and if it is, it is often built on no foundation or basis.
Hughes and ADUG have been in tandem at the club for some sixteen months now. The progress that has been made both on and off the pitch is evident all around the club. Everything we have heard from the ownership suggests they have an aim of where they want the club to be, and equally have a structured plan in place for how this is to be achieved.
I would suggest that in terms of progression on the pitch during 2009/10, we are at least hitting the expectations laid out at the start of the season. If anything, the early season results raised hopes unrealistically.
Short term solutions are very easy to identify with, the long term approach less so but I think it is clear that we are on the right path.
The frustration of recent weeks should not deviate from that.