Arsenal legend Wright: Hughes paid for poor Man City signings

Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes Mark Hughes paid for his poor signings with his job at Manchester City.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes Mark Hughes paid for his poor signings with his job at Manchester City.

In his column for The Sun, Wright wrote: "When a manager goes into a job, he not only thinks about whether a certain signing could benefit the team, he also thinks whether this player could get him the sack. In Robinho, Emmanuel Adebayor and Joleon Lescott, these three signings, for various reasons, contributed to Hughes getting the boot.

"Robinho and Adebayor are not players you would want in the trenches.

"When you hear certain stories coming out of City about Robinho, he doesn't strike me as the kind of player a manager can hang his hat on and Adebayor left a club like Arsenal among all sorts of player unrest stories.

"They have not lived up to their very expensive price tags and I have the feeling they will not care less that Hughes has been replaced.

"Lescott is an excellent player but was a bad signing purely in terms of how much was paid. City effectively got Everton into a headlock and made them sell a player they did not want to.

"Of course, in the end, it was good business for Everton as £24million is a hell of a lot of money.

"Yet they ended up with a player who, through no fault of his own, was worth nowhere near that amount of money and Lescott has found it very difficult to keep up to the standard of his price tag.

"Hughes chopped and changed to accommodate his players and a classic example is Stephen Ireland.

"The Irish star was outstanding last year but this campaign has struggled because he has not been given the opportunity of playing as regularly.

"Now, Mancini has been given a three-year contract but I wonder whether he will still be at Eastlands in three years time."