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Sven: For Whom The Thai Bell Tolls...

The talk of Sven-Goran Eriksson's impending departure from Manchester City is going into overdrive. Now his agent has spoken out over what threatens to become a sorry and pathetic episode in MCFC's history...

Following two meetings between Thaksin and Svennis that took place over the weekend and were referred to as 'cordial,' Athole Still revealed today that Sven faces the sack:

'I am giving a reasonably informed opinion and it is odds against him staying. It is the developments over the past couple of days. If Dr Shinawatra were going to give his ringing support, we would have heard it over the last couple of days.

'The one thing I can categorically say is that Sven will not be walking. You walk if you feel you have been doing a bad job and in Sven's case that is very, very far from the truth.'

Sven is also reported to have already addressed his staff and the players at Carrington who are said to have reacted angrily like thousands of Blues worldwide.

It could well be that the 50 Thai members of Parliament received by the club's owner and his advisors for the visit of Fulham gave Sven the big thumbs down. Let's face it, they would know as much about Premier league football as City's chairman and his Ronaldhino brother red carpeting accolytes do.

Time now to address any passing Manchester City FC spokesman in the hope that he can copy paste the following points for his boss's attention...

We have always tried to deal with facts at MCFC Vital. The facts regarding Sven's 10 month leadership of Manchester City include:

Sven is clearly supported by the vast majority of Manchester City supporters. He is a great ambassador for our club and maintains a close contact with the fans who have appreciated the way he has turned our team around. Sure, there has been frustration regarding the more cautious tactics that followed our drubbing at Chelsea and the playing system persisted with this year, but which club does not go through that kind of debate from time to time?

Considering the state of the playing squad Sven inherited and the pre season timescale he had to work with, then he can be best described as something of a miracle worker.

What an asset to any modern top flight European club Sven is with his array of language skills, nevermind his proven track record in club management.

We have enjoyed our most successful Premier League campaign ever and surpassed a previous best points total accrued when the season comprised of more games. We also haven't fallen out of the top nine all season and were 4th at the start of January.

Sven has beaten Taggart and the rags twice, both home and for the modern day era, an unprecedented away.

Sven has wholeheartedly backed and promoted City's Academy and young players to the hilt. Hart, Schmiechel, Ireland, Richards, Johnson, Onouha, Logan, Etuhu, Sturridge and Williamson will testify to that fact. The knowledge that if you are good enough Sven will select you, must surely have contributed to City's lads lifting the FA Youth Cup this season.

His signings including an accent on youth such as Gelson, Corluka, Elano and Petrov have all shone and Castillo, Caicedo and Bojinov show great promise.

The questions we must pose directly to Dr. Thaksin Shinawatra and his pisspoor advisors today are twofold. Which top class international manager will have watched developments at Eastlands this season and will answer your call to do your absolute bidding once you've dispatched Sven? Secondly, why risk bringing in a manager who might not continue to support our celebrated Academy?

Tens of thousands of Blues around the globe can answer those questions for you, but for that to happen you must first listen and secondly, be prepared to learn.

You are heading for inviting your guests to witness games played out in front of a sea of empty blue seats next season should you sack SGE.

City fans know all about instability and shattering the current set up only 10 months into it's tenure will have undoubted catastrophic consequences at Premier League level unless you are prepared to throw multi millions at the squad.

This correspondent supported last years takeover, such was my desperation at the time to see investment put into our debt ridden club whose squad at the end of last season were surefire certs for relegation.

Now that support feels increasingly misplaced as Sven and his men could be facing their last two games in charge of Manchester City which would be a disgrace. This Blue has bitten the bullet far too often.

In an attempt to get someone at the club to listen to the fans, please give your support to the on line Save Sven Petition:

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday April 29 2008

Time: 2:35PM

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Utter madness. Yes we all want Champions league football but this is a backward step.
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29/04/2008 14:38:00

Agreed, storage. Foreign ownership, totally out of touch with the fans. That'll be Liverpool v City at the weekend, then.
Johnny Baguette
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29/04/2008 14:42:00

Well written JB,hope the petition gets a good response.
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29/04/2008 14:46:00

this will be a stupid decision, one which will set city back a season at least and also prove expensive for the club. i think sven has done a truely superb job in terms of on the pitch and also raising the clubs profile and expectations massively.
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29/04/2008 14:50:00

The comments on here coming from visiting fans say it all. Like The Special One, losing the Iceman would be a great shame for the Premier League let alone a disaster for City.
Johnny Baguette
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29/04/2008 14:52:00

If you want a laugh, have a look at City's official site. Political style statement from spokesman which says everything and nothing.....
Johnny Baguette
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29/04/2008 15:00:00

Sorry guys, but I feel your club could become a laughing stock soon, similar to what was happening at Pompey after they got rid of Redknapp the first time. Sven has done well with City and I am sure you guys are a bit disappointed with the way your form has faded towards the end of the season, but it's still strides better than last season. Blackburn Fan (At least you'll leave Roque alone!) For your sakes, I hope he stays.
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29/04/2008 15:17:00

Cheers Wellsy. The fact that City's squad is so small, so young and has relatively little depth compared to most PL clubs has been regularly overlooked by the hacks. All have been factors in determining the season's dip in form. Sven has had an almighty task.
Johnny Baguette
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29/04/2008 15:25:00

WTF? I mean how can you remove a manager who has done so much good for the club? And that too in his first season? More upgrades to the the squad in this summer and you would be serious challengers for the 4th spot. Bad Decision by the owner. Hope these owner-manager battles dont spoil the harmony at your club, we at Chelsea know how it affects the whole club....
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29/04/2008 15:40:00

Spot on chelseaforever. There is a furious MCFC backlash across the web right now. The question is how "Swalesatra" and his people will respond to it...
Johnny Baguette
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29/04/2008 15:42:00

If Shinawatra carries on like this you will be back in divison 1 with Leeds and Forest and you know how ***** that is!
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29/04/2008 15:56:00

We certainly do, WhiteYork. That's what makes the risk of throwing away relative staibility all the more galling.
Johnny Baguette
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29/04/2008 16:12:00

if i had known sinawatra was just going to come to the club and do stupid things then i wouldn want him at the club being totally honest yes he has put money into the club but to treat sven the way he is its just not on
dunne deal
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29/04/2008 17:26:00

It really is a shocker, dd. I said something had to give last week asking why the Chairman was not publicly supporting Sven and this looks like the start of a bloody episode from previous all too familiar City experience. I'm not sure I have the stomach for more of this cr*p and already some Blues are demanding season ticket refunds.
Johnny Baguette
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29/04/2008 17:35:00

Sven interview today just gone up on MCFCTV.COM: Diplomatic and calm as ever, his disappointment comes through clearly.
Johnny Baguette
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29/04/2008 18:12:00

as was said earlier city must have one of the smallest squads inthe division, but some of the best youngsters, your club needs stability, not be treated as a plaything by an idiot on an ego trip.
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29/04/2008 18:38:00

If Svennis is sacked, then it's clear we have a megalomaniac in charge.
Johnny Baguette
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29/04/2008 18:55:00

Well JB where do we go from here and what do I do with the TWO season tickets I purchased recently. I feel like tearing them up and purchasing ones for my local club which happens to be Morecambe...unfortunately they are managed by an ex Rag. I am unable to attend the last two games but may I suggest all fans attending to once again give Sven their full support. May I also suggest a mass boycott of our first home game next season. I though Saturdays result was gut renching enough, but this latest news takes the biscuit !!!
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29/04/2008 22:35:00

i would go as far as saying megalomaniac tosser mate - crazy, absolutely crazy what is the fella thinking!
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29/04/2008 23:13:00

alphie, we are at a crossroads. many Blues have already been saying enough is enough , fully aware that no credability can follow sacking a manager who in 10 months only has achieved something of a miracle in turning us into a top 9 side from relegation certs. The next two weeks are now as important as any in the history of our club and that is typed without any exaggeration.
Johnny Baguette
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29/04/2008 23:37:00

pompeyrug, we said repeatedly recently that something had to give. There could be more to all this than meets the eye. The truth will out.
Johnny Baguette
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29/04/2008 23:38:00


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