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I and many other reserve regulars will be dancing in the streets tonight as we have seen the back of one of the worst reserve managers this club has had in Ian Miller. His record of helping to bring players on is dreadful. Most of the players that he worked with were the FA Youth Cup finalists of 2006 who had a great youth league record as well; and yet the times that the team needed direction or a change on the field with a couple of substitutes; Miller failed to act.

I do not know a great deal about Steffano but in this day of age of sport science; surely mental fitness should go side by side with physical fitness and this aspect of the mental strength I think he did not deliver as the two maulings at Chelsea and Middlesbrough stand out.

Since being a season ticket holder since 1991; this is the first time that the incoming manager has systematically sweep all of the previous coaching staff out of the club. I for one think that this could be the best action that has happened to the club as then all players know that there is not one person that could be an ally for them if they are not performing. There will be no hiding place for them and so it will be easier for Sparky to see who wants to be at this once great club for the long haul and know who he can rely on.

It will be interesting to see who of his coaching staff he decides to place in charge of the reserves as because who ever it is; they will be working with a very talented bunch of youngsters that will need the right guidance to move them forward and have scouts and managers of lower league clubs banging on Mark's door to see if they can take these players out on loan.

City will also benefit from two extra premier reserve league games this season as the north division has been expanded to eleven teams giving a decent twenty game season; along with the Manchester senior cup will provide a reasonable amount of games for the youngsters to play.

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Writer:Gavin Cooper
Date:Wednesday June 25 2008
Time: 12:48PM


Looks as if Sparky is going for a complete new backroom setup. I just hope he can bring some long overdue success to Manchester. Well the Blue half anyway.
26/06/2008 00:06:00
I'd definitely look to hang on to Eric Steele as goalkeeping coach who helped bring on Schmeichel and Hart. But as for the rest, well our team looked one paced towards the end of a good deal of games last season and that needs addressing.
Johnny Baguette
26/06/2008 07:40:00
I have had a look on the offical website JB and Eric is still there, along with Sparky and Mark Bowen. Steele must be the one that is supplying Sparky with whose who, as I understand it he is a good coach, but only time will tell, if he goes as well.
Buzz Lightyear
26/06/2008 12:03:00
I also see that we are chasing another striker, according to his big mouthed agent, who s trying to drum up some interest in his client with other clubs. 8 Mill sounds a lot for someone who has just been relegated and his age is closer to thirty.
Buzz Lightyear
26/06/2008 12:05:00
JB - Steele did not bring Schmeichel or Hart on - Hart actually got worse when he arrived and so did Andreas and Kasper will always be as headstrong as ever and that's why he'll never make it as a top goalkeeper - as far as I know Sparky is bringing his own goalkeeping team with him.
Gavin Cooper
26/06/2008 13:45:00
Making his Mark already, he'll be a good manager for you
Tiny T
26/06/2008 14:31:00
Glad to see that we will probably NOT be in the bidding war for Arshavin as I think he could be another one tournament wonder. At the age of 27 it has taken a long time for him to come to prominence. A lot of the transfer rumours surround players who are at Euro 08 this could be a big mistake as in my opinion this has been one of the weakest tournaments for years. Hope Sparky is looking to unearth other gems from around the world as he did with the likes of Santa Cruz Samba etc. whilst the rest of the Clubs are busy watching Euro 08
26/06/2008 15:55:00
They do say Alphie that good managers don't buy on what they see at major tournaments, Russia has grown of age this season taking a major europeon trophy at club level, and Arshavin was instrumental his his teams success. This is because they can now compete with the high wages and can retain their best players whilst attracting foreign players to improve their own. You don't hear about such players because they only come to light after they have signed for a leading club in Europe. Having said that I do not think our priority is to chase strikers but to strengthen our squad in other areas, cover for Petrov and a right midfielder should be topping the list, Santa Cruz may have had a good season at Blackburn, but its the guys who provide those balls to him that we have been missing.
Buzz Lightyear
26/06/2008 17:37:00
Well Alphie, you were right, I have watched Arshavin on three occasions now, the first two he played really well, in between Barca have said they want him and last night, most importantly for Russia, he went missing, didn't try, so obviously a mood player LE Sulk of Russia and at the reported 20 mill Barca can have him, although if they too were watching last night (of course they were) they too might have second thoughts at such a price.
Buzz Lightyear
27/06/2008 10:17:00
Oh dear! the dangers of getting carried away in a second rate competition.
27/06/2008 10:25:00
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