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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.




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Date:Thursday March 20 2008

Time: 1:15PM

Your Comments

Also going through the exit door would be the two Mill's and possibly Ireland. I think Sun will probably do another couple of years as Chinese PR. I see we get another Saturday 3.00 P.m. kick-off against Chelsea WOW only the fourth one this season which should mean a full house for only the second time this season.
alphieblues
You couldn't make that up, could you? So that's hardly any 3pm kick offs and no league penalties. There must be a conspiracy theory in there somewhere. Agreed re Mills and Ireland. Could be quite an offload.
Johnny Baguette
I see Sven has said there will be a BIG BIG experienced name coming in who's your money on JB ?
alphieblues
Maybe there is something in the Terry Henry stories! Somebody did tell me the other day that Svennis and HIM, who just got his England recall are the best of friends....
Johnny Baguette
Alphie I thik you are right about Sun, his value is more in Chinese shirt sales than playing. Firstly though I would like to see Frank aquitted in Thailand and then I would be able to settle more knowing that there was money to spend this summer if his assets are unfrozen
Buzz Lightyear
No political expert lads, but I have been dipping in here and there on the Thai situation for obvious reasons. I read that various people involved in the financial freeze have been sacked since the democratic elections. I read others after Frank in other areas have also been fired. maybe there's somebody out there on Planet Blue who can give us the latest over there?
Johnny Baguette
Off topic, but I just read that Bolton fielded a side at the swamp last night that had only mustered 5 goals between them all season. We have to go at them hard from the off. bollox to the Official site referringto it has a "tough trip." Roadworks are there?
Johnny Baguette
JB, agreed, it must be 3 points v Megsons muppets. What the Chairman was thinking bringing Megson in, I just can't believe it. Anyway, is Sturridge in for this one if Benjani out. Thanks for the latest in Thailand. You wouldn't get the papers here giving anything creditable to Frank. They'd love to see him go down and City with him. Clear Frank's name is great, bringing in Beckham would be a disaster. I hopeful that being Neville's only friend will soon trash any thoughts of that. Oh, and I agree with all those you see leaving in the summer including Sun - no matter how many shirts he sells.
Barney Daniels
Nice one Barney. Stop the press meanwhile as Touchline Mad Professor Martin O'Neill of the Aston Vanilla school of footy science says he wants Nedum Onouha. No way.
Johnny Baguette
great article he really is a tactical genius old Sven
codbater
Cheers codbater, he certainly has put some great club sides together down the years, that's for sure.
Johnny Baguette
Alphie, I see that Dr. Lawrenson has us down for a 1-1er at Bolton. That's it, keep writing us off Lawro, that'll do for me!!
Johnny Baguette
JB.. That's a first, I didn't think he did draws for us ... Changing the subject what do you think about this that Sky keep talking about "Super Sunday". It has happened twice this season that the top four meet each other on the same date. I always thought that the fixtures were computer generated... Is this another example of Sky ruling the roost ?
alphieblues
I think so. The Murdoch family still have an iron grip on our national game and the recent handling of our Chelski revenge fixture's date was a shambles. There have been some very weird fixtures thrown up and the Munich anniversary and Manchester Derby timing was more than a strange co-incidence. Then there's the FA involvement and track record of course....
Johnny Baguette
 

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