Burnley boss claims Hughes unfairly treated by Man City

Burnley boss Owen Coyle, whilst agreeing that former Manchester City boss has every right to be aggrieved with the manner of his sacking, also insists new manager Roberto Mancini must now be given a chance to succeed.

Coyle has great sympathy for the former Wales and Blackburn boss but he thinks his Italian successor has to be allowed time to get things right.

"I think we have to separate the two issues and we have to give the new manager an opportunity to let him do his work," said Coyle.

"Yes Mark was harshly treated, no doubt about it, but Roberto Mancini deserves every chance to go and do his job.

"You always welcome new managers coming in because you know how tough it is.

"And you have to give him a fair chance. You don't win three Serie A titles without being good at your job.

"It certainly makes it easier for him when you have a lot of money at your disposal because what it leads to is bringing very good players to your club and that enhances your team."

Coyle praised the work Hughes did in his 18-month spell at City and backed the ex-Manchester United striker to bounce back in management.

"Mark did a fantastic job. He worked his socks off to earn the right to be Manchester City manager and he brought some very good players to the club," added the Scot.

"You need time for those players to gel because, as good as they are, they need time to build relationships and partnerships.

"I don't think he was given time to do it and we all felt Mark was harshly treated.

"There is no doubt he will be back bigger and better for his experience, as hurtful as it has been."

Coyle said the sacking of Hughes showed just how fragile the career of a manager could be.

"Being a manager there is no getting away from the trials and tribulations the job brings - that is something we are acutely aware of," he said.

"All you can do is do your best until such time someone decides that is not good enough. But it is disappointing for Mark."

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