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Following Dr. Thaksin's decision to talk to the media regarding City for the first time in what seems like a Blue Moon ago, up pops another twist in the saga. Only hours later, Portuguese TV giant SIC followed a tip off to the Radisson Hotel in Manchester to see what Svennis is up to at his Penthouse suite. There, they filmed a Benfica delegation leaving the hotel shortly before going for a curry in Rusholme. It looks like a contract is on the table for Sven to sign if the seemingly inevitable comes to pass.

Ordinarily, we'd be talking breach of contract here. But with the Chairman talking about Mourinho and Scolari in the same breath as Sven and furthermore, having allowed unchecked relentless rumours to persist over the City manager's future, it's hardly surprising that Sven has decided to start listening to overtures and cover his arse. Let's face it, he's a worldwide respected coach and would be an asset to any top club.

I'm getting the impression that the unrest within Manchester City has been going on for much longer than is widely perceived to be the case. I'd suggest that there could have been trouble brewing as early as that bizarre January transfer window.

I can't see any way now that Svennis and Dr. Toxin could work together taking the club forward in the wake of MCFC's improved image being reduced to a soap opera again. City fans have been left bemused, confused and frustrated. I can't see any way back for Sven now as the Chairman has the ammo he needs now to fire him. Surely there's no way back. Above all else, what we do not want is for public mud slinging to follow any sacking.

The worst aspect of this whole regrettable episode is that it is such a great shame. A team was cleverly reconstructed with a limited timescale with the accent on youth and though sussed out and fatigued, the small squad remained a top ten side. Now a second summer of uncertainty and unrest is closing in fast.


The one man who outside of the brilliant Joe Hart has held City's defence together throughout this season has got the nod as City's Player of The Season for an unprecedented fourth year running. Call me cynical or paranoid, but considering the instability surrounding the club right now, City officials will be desperate for the majority of our young and promising squad to stick together. If their captain were to join the likes of Mad Kev, that could precipitate an exodus as the vultures circle inbetween managerial appointments. Player of The Season, then.


Sven's City team's failure to really mix it with the opposition to our frustration could be about to bear unexpected fruit. The Blues are the Premier League Fair Play winners. We finished 5th in the Fair Play League behind the already Euro qualified rags, Chelski, Gooners and Spuds.

Norway are top of the UEFA Fair Play League and should get a place in the UEFA Cup. Germany, Finland, England, Sweden, Denmark, Estonia and Spain's names will all go into a draw for the last two places.

For City to qualify for the UEFA Cup would at least be some reward for the hard work put in this season to transform City from relegation certs to European candidates. You really couldn't make it up!

The Fair Play draw, will be held at the City of Manchester Stadium on 13 May at 14.30 GMT (15.30 CET), between the pre-match press conferences before the UEFA Cup Final.

Sunday 11th May, 15:00 GMT

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

Goals Factor:
Boro last 6 PL games: 7
City last 6 PL games: 10

In the City sin bin: All clear for our fair play straw clutchers...

Squad size:
Boro 27 + 4 on loan
City 24 + 10 on loan

Onouha out. Richards, Bojinov and Sturridge all off the agenda recently and with many squad futures in the balance the odds have to be against them being risked.

Johnny on the spot?:

Well, considering what's been going off around SportCity the past fortnight, City's players might as well not bother turning up. I suggest the fact that Sven has sent out the signal by talking to Benfica that he has effectively given up will further deepen the squad's malaise and we could well see a season that promised so much against all the odds go out with a whimper.

Boro, 16 points behind The Blues by contrast have had an erratic season to say the least. Gareth Southgate, famous for criticising Sven's management style has done a pretty good job with a similarly small squad to The Iceman. Maybe that will motivate Sven to give it one last go. Who knows? Still, it's always beneficial to play your last game of the season at home with futures to consider so that will swing the result Boro's way barring a turgid draw or unexpected City resurgence.

Boro 1 City 0

The journalist

Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday May 8 2008

Time: 8:59AM

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All you get is Rumours, Rumours, Rumours, Has anyone seen the film of the so called Benfica officials leaving Svens hotel ???
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08/05/2008 10:14:00

....Oh by the way watched City's THIRD team beat Morecambe 1-2 in the Pontins League Play-off semi-final last night. City's very young and inexperienced side totally dominated proceedings against a Morecambe side containing one or two first team players. Going 2-0 up at half-time they shoud have easily added three or four more. Then in typical City fashion in injury time a sloppy back-pass to the 'keeper was intercepted for the home side to score an undeserved consolation goal.
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08/05/2008 10:20:00

I understand the delegation leaving the Radisson has been shown on TV in Lisbon, alph. And the final nail in this story's coffin comes from Sven himself, interviewed by Das Daily Mail: Ive had a meeting with the Benfica people, Im considering an offer and it will be a step forward in my career. Lets see what happens.
Johnny Baguette
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08/05/2008 10:25:00

Good to know our young stars are still shining amid the confusion, alph!
Johnny Baguette
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08/05/2008 10:27:00

Do u lot honestly think uve got a hope of signing Berbatov? U all make me laugh. Uve got no fans, ***** manager whos on his way out anyway, 3 decent players and u think u can rival Milan, United and Barca for him? makes me laugh, u all think ur something special now coz uve got ur Thai criminals stolen money supporting ur little club when really, all u r is the! very poor man's chelsea! We'll be laughing by the end of the summer when u see Modric and Eto'o lining up for Spurs and uve still got Vassell and that superstar "Elano" whos had all of 3 good games for u! Crawl back into ur holes where u belong because at the end of the day, ur just a little club in united's back yard!
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08/05/2008 10:27:00

Thanks for your input, ExiL. Berbatov? No he'll end up at Man Yoo.
Johnny Baguette
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08/05/2008 10:30:00

Wow Morecambe eh? thats HUGE mate. same sort of thing last year when spurs kids played Canvey's first team and beat them 11-0. whats ur point? u feilded a bunch of kids against a really low ranked non-league side. well done, typical Citeh idiot again!
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08/05/2008 10:31:00

Sorry Johnny not all City fans r like that, it just seems to be every one i meet online has something mouthy to say. Ill excuse you from that list :)
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08/05/2008 10:33:00

Exil...Are you from that little club in Arsene's back yard ???
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08/05/2008 10:54:00

yep. i have no problem admitting that. Arsenal are a massive club. they have more pull than us, they are far more successful than us and we hate them for it. doesnt mean i cant admit it!
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08/05/2008 11:11:00

What is your problem then ? coming on here with your barbed comments.
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08/05/2008 11:25:00

ESPN reports that Mexico would like Sven to be their national team manager. No doubt Nery Castillo would recommend him. Then there are rumours in Italy of Svennis pitching up there. He's going to have no bother finding a new job if push comes to shove.
Johnny Baguette
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08/05/2008 11:40:00

JB ...Every man and his dog would like Sven to be their manager.
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08/05/2008 12:26:00

Grant the unqualified Chelski coach is a big mate of Sven and he is rumoured around the lavish streets there to have said he'd love to work with The Iceman.
Johnny Baguette
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08/05/2008 12:29:00 says Ramos and Wenger hope to capitalise on the Eastlands uncertainty by signing Michael Johnson.
Johnny Baguette
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08/05/2008 12:35:00

This all reminds me of when Sven managed England and went for a cup of tea with Abramovich which resulted in the FA giving him a masiive pay rise and a longer contract. Is the same thing going to repeat itself ???
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08/05/2008 13:19:00

Never say never, alph!
Johnny Baguette
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08/05/2008 13:46:00

Fair Play draw date and time added to the article to fully enhance the straw clutching angle!
Johnny Baguette
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08/05/2008 14:49:00

I thing for certain this time, it needs sorting quickly and an annoucement soon as or we will be once again chasing our tails trying to find players to improve the squad and keeping those we have. We lost Distin due to faffing about like fairies.
Buzz Lightyear
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08/05/2008 15:51:00

Exit if you had acually followed the thread that Alphie started in the first place instead of jumping to conclusions then the majority of fans on this page would not think you are an 'herbert' The Berbatov story comes from newspaper hacks trying to sell papers and I for one do not believe that he would go to a club that was not playing Champions league football next season, so that means he will be leaving Spurs, but I am sure that Ramos will find a suitable replacement to partner Keano or the expensive Bent.
Buzz Lightyear
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08/05/2008 15:57:00

I think we should all plan to expect a nightmare scenario management and transfer wise then it will be less mentally painful. ie Mercenary Loanees we flog going on the cheap with no gaffer familiar with them to demand a decent price.
Johnny Baguette
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08/05/2008 17:23:00

Has there ever been a football club based soap opera before? How about EASTLANDSENDERS???
Johnny Baguette
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08/05/2008 17:24:00

This is looking more and more definitive...Benfica comment through Reuters.....LISBON (Reuters) - Benfica confirmed on Thursday they had talked to Manchester City's Swedish coach Sven-Goran Eriksson about a possible return to Portugal, the club said in a statement. "The club confirms talks...with Eriksson but up till now no details of the contract, namely salaries and timing, have been discussed," the club said.
Johnny Baguette
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08/05/2008 17:55:00

I think no matter what Thikskin now says it is obvious that Sven has been told to look for another job, and(Thikskin) was of the opinion that the fans were unhappy with the manager. We would have liked a better second half to the season that goes without saying, but we can see the potential and vast impriovement that Svennis has brought to the club and it would have got better over the next two seasons, if he had been allowed to stay, but as I stated before the job is not untenable and he has to go, even if he was asked to stay.
Buzz Lightyear
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08/05/2008 18:41:00

I think he's burnt his bridges now Buzz. Reputation intact, end of the story. If we are unsettled, then imagine how our young stars who admired Sven feel?
Johnny Baguette
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08/05/2008 19:41:00

I just thinking, that it would look better on Svennis' CV that he left City for another job rather than sacked, I think that is why he his holding talks, it maybe the case that he has not been told that he will lose his job but assumed that to be the case after his meeting with Thikskin. Phils agent denies any approach, when do the Euros end anyone?
Buzz Lightyear
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09/05/2008 08:21:00

End of June 2008 Buzz.
Johnny Baguette
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09/05/2008 08:39:00

If Svennis goes, I assume so does Bakke,Tord Grip etc, it will be a complete nightmare. I am grateful to Toxin and this is a learning curve for him, but unlike in industry where you can sack the top guy and bring someone else in, underneath the structure stays the same, but not in football. I just do not know what will happen if we win at Boro, which I am expecting to do.
Buzz Lightyear
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09/05/2008 09:13:00

Spot on Buzz. A new gaffer will bring in his own people so a real turnover is on the cards. My chief concern throughout all this has been our young stars and whether or not a new manager will back the Acaedmy as Sven has. Johnson, Richards, Ireland and Hart all rumoured to be off this week. Agents and hacks are in full effect.
Johnny Baguette
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09/05/2008 09:48:00

Who will be favourite to take over ???. For me the list is dwindling fast. Bilic has signed up for Croatia, Rijkaard has not done any sort of job with Barca and has been sacked, Scolari won't come to England. Who does that leave us with ???
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09/05/2008 10:23:00

McClueless, Fat Sam and little Sammy Lee!!
Johnny Baguette
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09/05/2008 11:19:00

Martin Jol now rumoured to be "on Thaksin's list."
Johnny Baguette
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09/05/2008 13:47:00

I hate these agent tw*ts. You really couldn't make it all up. Following Hart, now Bojinov's agent sticks his oar in..."At Manchester City there is a particular situation, in England we need to know if Eriksson will remain or not, he is the coach who wanted Valeri," Gerry Palomba told Calcio Mercato. "After the tour in Thailand, the fate of many players at Manchester City will be decided."
Johnny Baguette
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09/05/2008 14:17:00

I think I will take an early holiday to somewhere where there is no Newspapers TV's etc. and forget all about it. Then come back in three months time to find it was a fuss about nothing and Sven has signed TEN new players.
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09/05/2008 14:23:00

Jb on sky announced England won the fair play league. it is between us and Fulham, as long as we give a good show and no reds or yellows and play a good game, we should get that place.,,12306,00.html for anyone interested in looking at the English table.
Buzz Lightyear
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09/05/2008 14:24:00


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