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Vital City Zen: Back To The Future?

BACK TO THE FUTURE?

So, SGE and Dr. Thaksin will meet this weekend for what all inhabitants of Planet Blue will hope to be constructive, future focused discussions. Much as the team have shown they are right behind Sven, it's high time we had a clear public statement on our manager's future from the chairman. His failure to do so or even attempt to dismiss the comments attributed to him in Dubai are worrying. Will it be a case of back to the future or back to the drawing board, Frank?

SEISMIC SUMMER

If you thought last summer's MCFC earthquake was off it's head, then this one has the makings of going off the richter scale. The fact is, if Frank clears his name in Thailand his frozen bank accounts will be thawed and it will be all eyes on SportCity's revolving door. Our MCFC Vital punters spent half last summer debating 50 plus players linked with the club by the football hacks feverish speculation. All of which none of them turned up!

Already, the heat is on and the bank breaking Ronaldhino rumours persist. Now the hacks have added Thierry Henry to that equation. Svennis maintains that he will have the final say in whom City will sign to join his youth based Sven Revolution, but there are certainly people out there working for Frank and getting involved with so called 'super agents' if recent full treatment visits to Eastlands are anything to go by. There is no doubt that the subject of summer signings will be on the cards at this weekend's Frank-Sven summit.

This week's transfer rumours in circulation are..

Ronaldhino, Barcelona
Henry, Barcelona
Jo, CSKA Moscow
Crouch, Liverpool
Lennon, Spurs
Diego, Werder Bremen

EUROPE: THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

No, not that absolutely garbage middle of the road and played everywhere single from the eighties, but Sven's stubborn refusal to throw in the Euro serviette. One month on from our analysis of the last seven fixtures, we might as well take a look now at the remaining three. No change in the main six teams involved save for the odd position, but never say never. Forget our poor lack of goals scored, can City overtake Villa??

4th Liverpool: Birmingham, City, Spurs

5th Everton: Villa, Arsenal, Newcastle

6th Villa: Everton, Wigan, West Ham

7th Portsmouth: Blackburn, Boro, Fulham

8th City: Fulham, Liverpool, Middlesboro

9th Blackburn: Pompey, Derby, Birmingham


NEXT ON THE AGENDA: FULHAM AT EASTLANDS
Saturday 26th April, 15:00 GMT

Fulham Form Last 6 PL games: W,L,D,L,W,L
City Form Last 6 PL games: W,D,L,L,W,W

Goals Factor:
Pompey last 6 PL games: 6
City last 6 PL games: 8

In the City sin bin: All clear

Squad size:
Fulham 31+11 on loan
City 24+10 on loan

Injured: Onouha: Ruled out for the season. Sturridge: Injured at Sunderland. Richards: Sven hinted he could be out for the season having only just returned to light training. Bojinov: Could return any game now and the last home game of the season could be just the time to do it. Dunne: Stretched his hamstring keeping Pompey at bay and may be rested for Liverpool. Sun Jihai: Missed the Pompey win due to sickness, prompting Elano's admirable intervention but if I were Sven I'd tell Sun he's looking a little peeky and should take it easy...for the rest of the season.

Johnny on the spot?:
Fulham's form has certainly been erratic of late and their recent defeat to the Mickey Mouser's took the wind out of their sails. But they'll be fighting for their Premier League lives and must not be underestimated. Meanwhile, City are suddenly creating chances, and loads of them. Should our makeshift defence become more makeshift, then that's a cause for concern, but our attackers are clearly sensing goals and the sight of a ravenous Bojinov coming on would certainly raise the roof.
City 3 Fulham 1




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Date:Friday April 25 2008

Time: 8:25AM

Your Comments

Henry a definite No No I can't see him playing for any other Club in the Premiership than The Gooners. Ronaldinho and Jo ? maybe for once the hacks may have this right there could be some truth in it. One thing you can bet on for sure that there will be one or maybe two big names will come in that the hacks haven't even thought of.
alphieblues
Agreed, alph. Something has to give meanwhile re the future of the club. We need Frank and Sven demonstrating a public show of unity then we can all get on with taking this club into previously unchartered waters.
Johnny Baguette
I don't think there is any truth whatsoever in the nasty rumours surrounding the future of Sven and I don't blame Frank for not responding. I say let them stew in their own juice and get on with the most important issue of freeing up his major assets.
alphieblues
Alph, there are rumblings on the continent of a Mr. Gattuso looking to have a crack at the Prem before he hangs up his boots. Would you make a move for the experienced midfield generalissimo?
Johnny Baguette
Sven appears to choose the younger players so Gattuso would appear to be unlikely. I feel that Sven sees the Premiership as his biggest challenge and (given the chance?) will be 100% focussed on the task ahead. I'm very confident Sven and Frank will achieve great things for City and shake up the so called big 4. Still a big summer for City fans without Euro 08.
Barney Daniels
Absolutely Barney! I sense Sven might be on the look out for some experience to blend in with the promise of Gelson and Johnson. Tell you what, the exit door could be interesting. Nice comments about City and Mcr Derbies from Sam Harris at Celtic I see.
Johnny Baguette
Talking about exits, I'm torn over Vassell. I thought he was great against Portsmouth and maybe feel he should stay if he's happy to play a squad role. I believe that will be one of Sven's biggest problems next season. Are we still in with an opportunity for the Fair Play UEFA spot?
Barney Daniels
last time i heard barney we were still in for a role for one if we keep up the good work we shall be there which is great cos i put a bet on with my dad thatw e would get inot uefa cup and looks like we will so far ha ha
dunne deal
Just wondering whether or not Villa can beat Everton. If we beat Fulham, things could start to get a bit tasty!
Johnny Baguette
JB ... Mr Gattuso was top of my January list and some people thought I was dreaming about pie in the sky. Now it seems that there isn't any name that is too big for our Club. I am sure Sven will blend youth AND experience when he draws up his list. For me he is still top of my list.
alphieblues
Diego would be top of my list. He's goes past people, loads of tricks and not as light-weight as Elano. Werder Bremen score lots of goals - 40 at home, best in Germany, he is top with 12.
Barney Daniels
Sounds just the ticket Barney!
Johnny Baguette
 

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