Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Success is not a Given for Manchester City

Shay Given has pleaded for patience as Manchester City desperately bid to stop their season hitting the buffers.

A dismal three days saw them suffer successive 3-1 defeats to Hamburg in the UEFA Cup and then Fulham in the Premier League.

Having slipped six points adrift of West Ham in the battle for seventh spot, City know their most realistic chance of forcing open the door to European football again next season is to mount a successful comeback operation against Martin Jol’s side on Thursday.

But Given feels City fans must not jump to snap judgements.

He feels it will take time for Hughes to shape his squad the way he wants.

"In years to come I think this will be a great club to be involved with," said the Republic of Ireland star.

"But Rome was not built in a day. People automatically feel we are a top-six team because we are one of the richest clubs in the world.

"They are comparing us to Chelsea when Roman Abramovich took over but they were already a top four side who just added more quality to make them champions.

"It is going to take us longer. Everybody is impatient and want us to be there yesterday but we have got to put the building blocks in place."

"Hopefully then we can kick on and have more success."