Cesar accepts that Hughes could never survive such a terrible start to the season.
He told The Sun: “It was not a big surprise that Mark Hughes got sacked, it was normal.
“If you go 13 games without a win it’s very difficult for a coach to stay. Other teams might sack their coach when they go six games without winning — but he stayed for 13.”
Cesar says Hughes always gave off an air of calm authority, assuredly in control and very confident of getting the team moving up the table.
And the players were convinced he would succeed.
The stopper added: “Hughes never showed that he was under pressure in training or in the dressing room. He put belief in us every time we went out there and we believed in him.
“He was a good coach with good ideas. But what happened to him has happened to many coaches throughout the world.
“Even Pep Guardiola when he was first in charge of Barcelona, had problems with the fans.”