first_img0Shares0000Stoke City’s manager Mark Hughes, pictured on November 7, 2015, who won the Premier League twice and the FA Cup three times in his two spells at Manchester United, suggested there is no guarantee the team will recapture their former glories soon. PHOTO/AFPLONDON, December 22- Stoke City boss Mark Hughes says Louis van Gaal can’t rely on his reputation to save him from the sack if Manchester United fail to get back on track quickly.United boss van Gaal is teetering on the brink of losing his job after a dismal run of six matches without a win cost the Old Trafford club their place in the Champions League and their top-four spot in the Premier League. As Chelsea showed by sacking Jose Mourinho last week, just seven months after the Blues won the English title, managers can’t hope past achievements will save them from the axe.And Hughes, a revered former United striker, could turn up the heat even more if his Stoke team condemn van Gaal’s men to a fourth successive loss on Boxing Day.“I said last week when Jose lost his role that no-one is immune. It doesn’t matter what you have done in the game previously, and his record as a top-line manager is exceptional, you have to win football matches,” Hughes told reporters on Tuesday.“He has been in the game a long, long time and he knows better than most if the results and perception is you are not doing particularly well, you come under pressure. He understands that. We all do.”United have lost their last three games in all competitions and the team were booed off after Saturday’s dismal 2-1 defeat against lowly Norwich City as fans showed their frustration at van Gaal’s negative tactics.Hughes is well aware of the expectations United supporters have and he said: “There’s a responsibility to entertain, I would suggest. That’s always been the Manchester United way.“It’s always been woven into the fabric of the club and the teams that have put the shirt on. It’s a huge demand to play for Manchester United and a lot of players can’t deal with it.“People go to United in numbers and if the level of performance isn’t correct then they will let their feelings be known.”This season is the third of relative under-achievement at Old Trafford since the retirement of Alex Ferguson as manager.But Hughes, who won the Premier League twice and the FA Cup three times in his two spells at United, suggested there is no guarantee the team will recapture their former glories soon.“People at Man United know that they’re in a period of transition since Sir Alex left, and that they’re on a different cycle now,” he said.“A lot of key players that were there for many years are still around the place but obviously not on the field of play, so that’s having an impact as well.“A lot of things are changing and these periods of success are a cycle, and when it’s closed somebody else starts a cycle. United might have to wait to get back to the level they were at before.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_imgIt’s starting to be an anxious time for Los Angeles City Council leadership. Council President Eric Garcetti, winding up his first two-year term as head of the 15-member body, is looking over his shoulder for potential challengers. Garcetti, who succeeded former Councilman Alex Padilla by promising he’d allow other members to play a greater role, is particularly concerned at the prospect of a challenge by Councilman Herb Wesson. Wesson, a former state Assembly speaker who is no stranger to power politics, demurs on the subject but can’t help grinning at the possibility. It all started after Wesson said he will not run for Yvonne Burke’s seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and was happy being a member of the City Council. “I haven’t decided what I want to do,” Wesson said. “I’m not unhappy with Eric as president, but I have to say I don’t mind people thinking about me as running for mayor or council president. It makes them take you more seriously.” The council is set to elect its new leaders at the first meeting in July. While Garcetti is universally liked, some council members have confided that they are upset because he advances a personal political agenda on some issues – such as extending a “living-wage” ordinance to hotels near Los Angeles International Airport – that creates problems for them. Even if Wesson doesn’t challenge Garcetti for his post, conditions are ripe for the council to pull together a compromise slate. Signs are getting clearer on whom Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa plans to endorse in the U.S. presidential race. While he has been courted by all the major candidates, he has been the closest with the Clinton campaign – dining two weeks ago with the former president and Sen. Hillary Clinton while in New York City. Now there is word that one of Villaraigosa’s most-trusted political aides, Michael Trujillo, is going to work for Hillary Clinton as field director of her California campaign. It’s quite a move up for Trujillo, who got his start in politics as the youngest city commissioner ever under former Mayor Richard Riordan. Trujillo has held a variety of campaign posts and most recently managed the successful campaign of Los Angeles Unified School District board member Tamar Galatzan. If Villaraigosa is feeling picked on these days, he found some unlikely support from San Francisco publication Beyond Chron (www.beyondchron.org), which criticized a recent New Yorker profile of the mayor. Writer Randy Shaw compared the profile to a “Fox News `fair and balanced’ report on Barack Obama.” Shaw wrote that the New Yorker reporter only went to political enemies of the mayor and none of his friends. “The New Yorker profile is disturbing, due to the magazine’s widespread credibility, and raises questions as to why its top editors sacrificed this credibility by approving publication of (the reporter’s) deeply-flawed political attack,” Shaw wrote. LAUSD Superintendent David L. Brewer III is putting the finishing touches on his reorganization plan for the district. The plan is scheduled to be released June 14, but drafts of it so far have drawn an underwhelming response. One critic, who asked not to identified, said the plan does not look at key parts of LAUSD and has little focus on the two main issues facing the district: instruction and construction. rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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