Writer: Johnny Baguette
Date:Monday May 12 2008
One of the agents who seem to be now running our national game has hinted there will be a meeting at Eastlands today...
Mr. Still representing the surely doomed Svennis told Sky Sports News late last night: 'Sven has had a long and tiring day, he's not up to discussing matters right now. He'll be at Carrington tomorrow and he will discuss matters at the club then.'
Surely something has to give sooner rather than later so we can once and for all be put out of our misery and begin to see where we go from here.
It struck me post that shocking 8-1 demolition that any new manager, particularly one not familiar with the Premier League would hold on to many of our gutless players as he would need to assess them before getting rid. That could see another reprieve for all the wasters and chancers we are carrying.
A capitulation like the one at Middlesborough should precipitate the mother of all clear outs, regardless of the uncertainty that has engulfed the club.
The players attitude was shameful. Again. They have thrown in the towel and let us all down far too often, and far too easily this season.
The next kick in the teeth for City fans could well be the very real possibility that Richard Dunne and Sun Jihai have fouled us out of the UEFA Fair Play route to Europe. Were the players aware of what was at stake amid all the instability? - Fulham have already picked up the scent and it's going to be a very close run thing.
As it stands, this correspondent is not certain that crowd behaviour forms part of the complicated calculations. Yes, there was trouble at the end of the game yesterday and already the media are quick to point the finger at City fans. One highly respected and reliable eye witness reveals:
'The crowd issues were entirely down to shocking police tactics. The crowd was safe behind perimeter fencing with police batons wading in for no good reason. Even the officer in charge was trying to urge restraint. The thing that turned ugly was two coppers beating up an old timer who was trying to walk past. It all went mental for a few minutes then. But still, no-one passed the perimeter. If the police had stepped back three paces they could have handled anyone trying to get on the pitch without leaning into the gathered mass. The only shame angle should be directed at the Teeside Police taking a strategy straight out of the Rome manual on how to handle football fans. Prior to this, City fans were beyond reproach, even too jovial for my liking, cheering when Boro scored.'
Finally, The Bangkok Post, who are regularly very well informed ahead of everybody else, reports this morning that City arrive in Thailand on Wednesday for the next phase of high farce.
So there is little more than 48 hours for City's seemingly rudderless leadership to begin to survey the wreckage and do something about it.
City will be without Joe Hart, Vedran Corluka, Micah Richards and Richard Dunne on the Asian tour for various reasons...
FAR EASTERN FARCE CITY SQUAD:
Kasper Schmeichel, Richard Martin, Shaleum Logan, Javier Behobide, Darius Vassell, Martin Petrov, Dietmar Hamann, Geovanni Gomez, Elano Blumer, Felipe Corozo, Nery Castillo, Kevin Etuhu, Valeri Bojinov, Sun Jihai, Sam Williamson, Kieran Trippier, Michael Ball, Andrew Tutte, Ryan McGivern, Benjamin Mee.
Date:Monday May 12 2008
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