keane questions hughes' decision

Keane: Hughes should not have joined Man City

December 23, 2009
By Soccernet staff

Ipswich boss Roy Keane has said that his former Manchester United team-mate Mark Hughes should not have gone to rivals Manchester City in the first place, due to his connections with Old Trafford.

GettyImagesRoy Keane and Mark Hughes together in 2008.

Hughes was sacked from the Eastlands position last weekend after 18 months in charge, but during his playing days he made over 300 appearances for City's bitter local rivals in two spells at the club.

Hughes, who began his managerial career as Wales and then Blackburn boss, never made an issue out of his loyalty, but former team-mate Keane (never one to hide his feelings) says it was a mistake to join the club.

''I'm disappointed for him of course I am," he told Sky Sports News. "I think when you're involved with a club like United, as Sparky was over his career, you shouldn't go to a club like City. I think you should try and get employment somewhere else. I think Sparky is probably better off.''

The former United captain also said he believes Hughes' reputation remains in tact and hopes he returns to management a stronger person following a short break from the game.

"Hopefully he's enjoying his break and he'll come back because he's a top manager,'' he added. ''He did a great job at Blackburn and Wales. He'll go on to be a top manager no doubt about that, but he's probably better off out of City."