Sylvinho urges City to forget Hughes

BY foxsports • December 23, 2009

City sacked Hughes straight after the 4-3 victory over Sunderland at Eastlands on Saturday, and immediately announced Roberto Mancini as his replacement. Despite the controversy surrounding Hughes' exit, Sylvinho believes the Welshman must now be forgotten and the focus switched to Mancini and his first game in charge. Sylvinho said: "Sometimes these things happen when you are talking about football at this level and as a player you have to be prepared to adapt quickly. "Whatever happens, we try to do our best. We can't be thinking about Mark Hughes, who was a good manager trying to do his best for the club, there is no time. Football changes too quickly. "As a professional you have to work hard for the new coach because you know that in a few days you have another important game, and as the Premier League is difficult, you must prepare properly." Former Inter Milan coach Mancini has already put the players through their paces since taking charge on Monday by organising double training sessions. Given injury concerns at the back, and with City having conceded three goals in each of their last three games, it would be natural for Mancini to turn his attention to the club's defensive frailty. Sylvinho, though, is convinced Mancini will be an asset all round, adding: "He doesn't just concentrate on the defence. "Yes, he is tactical, the Italian League is one of the best in the world. "He will try to make the team safe, but he wants to get all the positions correct. I think he'll be good for us." With a new manager in place, and especially with a transfer window looming, any player would naturally be eager to give their all. It is understood Mancini will take stock of his squad over the next two games, with a trip to Wolves after the game with Stoke, before informing the City board of his targets. Sylvinho, however, knows that points as well as fighting for places are vital if City are to achieve Mancini's aim of a top-four finish. "We're not just out to impress, most of us are experienced players," Sylvinho added on the club's official website. "We'll try to win the points. Winning games gets you higher in the table and that gives you confidence to be a bit more comfortable. "Stoke is now very important and they are going to be hard to beat. "We will have to work very hard and keep our concentration to win the game, and that means everyone in the team." Mancini is being linked with a number of defenders as he is without Nedum Onuoha and Joleon Lescott through injury, while Kolo Toure heads out on African Nations Cup duty after Saturday. Palermo's Denmark international Simon Kjaer is amongst those mentioned, along with Juventus' Giorgio Chiellini, Matthew Upson at West Ham and Borussia Dortmund's Neven Subotic.

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