Vital City Zen: The Masterplan
This week's City Zen bulletin kick's off with Dr. Thaksin and Svennis's intention to get City into that Champions League in a couple of years time...
NOU CAMP HERE WE COME
Ronaldhino and co better watch out. Richard Dunne is coming to get you! Frank Shinawatra, having made his presence felt enough to see City fight back strongly to beat Spurs last weekend is confident that MCFC remains on course for higher heights.
Frank, Sven and his management team held a future planning meeting earlier in the week and the Chairman revealed: 'The plan for the first year was to finish in the top ten, the second year was top six to qualify for Europe and the third year was finish in the top four for the Champions League.'
As for the current campaign's chances of making it into the UEFA Cup, Frank said: 'That's my dream, but because of the way the cup competitions have gone it's not so easy, we will have to fight hard for the rest of the season to be able to go into the UEFA Cup, but we will try our best. It still looks like we will finish in the top 10, which is as according to the original plan.'
So the ship remains on a steady course it seems. The thing, is you just cannot help wondering what might have been had we nailed the likes of Wigan, Reading and Derby this year as we should have done.
THE REVOLVING DOOR
Inextricably linked to City's short term future is the subject of transfers and the continued squad rebuilding of The Sven Revolution. Frank has assured Sven that substantial funds will be made available this summer to strengthen the squad and already the sports hacks are pondering who City will sign next.
As is usual these days it's a mixed bag of lazy reporting with players such as Thierry Henry supposedly lined up with renting a flat off Ashton New Road. Only this morning CSKA Moscow's Brazilian hitman Jo Alves has been rumoured to join us, but I still see his fellow countryman and team mate Vagner Love as the stronger option.
We've discussed on MCFC Vital this week the need for true Blue grit in the midfield engine room and outside of a large number of Blues interested to see a Johnson-Richards Academy axis, I am sure Sven will look to bolster the midfield as Hamman's leg's continue to slow up. I recommend a trip to Italy for the likes of a Perrotta or a Gattuso to add some much needed bite.
Meanwhile, the exit door beckons for some players and I expect Samaras, Bianchi, Crappadi, Mpenza, Dickov, Isaksson and sadly Geovanni to be packing their bags for good. One of our longest serving players Jihai Sun is also reported as being ready for the off according to the Chinese press. Many Blues out there will be wondering how the likeable squad player has remained with us for 6 years with a Claudio Strainer/Tricky Trev style non playing record...
NEXT ON THE AGENDA: BOLTON AT THE REEBOK
Saturday 22nd March, 15:00 GMT
I think that one of the big factors that went against City after we beat the rags at the swamp last month is that we then went two weeks without competitive action. That gave the team no immediate opportunity to build any momentum upon that brilliant result. The international break went against us as it has done before.
Bolton away post that vital win at home to Spurs should be a different story, especially with Petrov back on board the team coach.
Quintessentially, Bolton are garbage. Led by management relegation specialist Gary Megson, last night saw them dismissed by the rags for their fifth league defeat in a row...They are absolutely in freefall and this time City must deliver, or the hard work put in against Spurs will count for nothing.
Bolton Form Last 6 PL matches: W,L,L,L,L,L
City Form Last 6 PL matches : L,W,L,D,L,W
In the City sin bin: Hamann will serve the final game of a two match suspension.
Injured: Ultimate hard man Dunney should be ok, but Ball is out and Benjani has a knock.
Johnny on the spot?: Bolton 0 City 2
- Renewed belief should ensure the job is done.