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Charlie Stays At The Chaos Factory!

Mark Hughes evidently has strong powers of persuasion and I for one would not want to be trapped in an office with our erstwhile Derby Day nemesis for too long...

It's refreshing to see a top flight player being prepared to stick around, shun a pay rise in the capital and fight for his place at City. Vedran Corlukla is a gifted young player, there is no doubt, and has gone on record before in saying how the people at Eastlands have helped him so much to settle in England.

Hughes said: "I am a huge admirer of Vedran. He is a top-class player with a bright future ahead of him and I am delighted that he continues to be a part of our plans at City. It is a real boost for everyone at the club."

You're not kidding, Bluesy. Now Hughes must turn his attention to sorting out the MCFC futures of the no doubt ill advised Michael Johnson and Stephen Ireland whilst preparing the squad for an important week out on the pitch.

Meanwhile, the nonsense that is the Daily Mirror for one, have been foaming at the mouth over a coming Manchester City meltdown. Sure, our future rests on an absolute knife-edge but if we can keep our squad together this summer and fend off the creeping adavances of The Big Four, Hughes might just be able to achieve something by January when the vultures will be circling again.

As for the footy itself, Manchester City are never more dangerous than when we have been written off and our backs are too the wall. Just ask any rag.

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 11 2008

Time: 9:21AM

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Somebody at City has got to get a grip on these agents. Considering Thaksin and Cook have been tied up with bigger financial fish to fry, would they have been circulating Corluka's name for sale? I'm beginning to wonder who told Ireland to stay home too. There is a glaring hole between the club hierarchy and the team for agents to *****stir in and needs fixing, fast.
Johnny Baguette
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11/08/2008 09:34:00

Reorted that is was Aldridge told Ireland that he was being sold. This saga is far from being over JB. I entirely agree that the need to keep the squad together is essential.
Buzz Lightyear
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11/08/2008 09:45:00

Aldridge. Of course, the new "chief operating officer" whatever that means. So he was obviously acting for Cook. Is Hughes acting against the hierarchy? It stinks and we need answers. This is going to be some week...
Johnny Baguette
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11/08/2008 10:18:00

Ah well Frank is in London today he will sort it all out LOL !!!
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11/08/2008 10:33:00

Classic! Did you hear that Ireland, in reaction to that phonecall went shopping!!!
Johnny Baguette
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11/08/2008 11:03:00

he agreed personal terms right ? so this is just b0ll0x
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11/08/2008 11:03:00

Certainly leaves Spurs short of defensive options at the weekend.
Johnny Baguette
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11/08/2008 11:22:00

What I would like is to hear from Charlie himself and see what the truth is. If he does indeed want to go, then we should let him, but the price must be right. If he has had a medical without agreeing a fee, that was a waste of time.
Buzz Lightyear
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11/08/2008 13:31:00

But honestly what difference would it make if he did leave we are both teams looking for the same place and challenging in the same cups Charlie should stay and i think he will staqy aswell
dunne deal
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11/08/2008 13:39:00

DD will he give us 100% if he wants to go elsewhere, he sees Spuds buying all those new players and what have we got, a defender who can play exactly where Charlie plays and a striker and loads of news regarding 'On the Run Frank'. DD I don't want him to stay if his heart not in it, but I wont let him go for less than we paid unless we have a 25% sell on clause or something similar.
Buzz Lightyear
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11/08/2008 13:45:00

The first issue over Corlukagate has been that Hughes has been bypassed by City's board and the players agent. The second issue is flogging a player widely regarded as a future great to a rival on the relative cheap. The board are operating with a hidden agenda and as with Sven, are happy to sit back and let City fans speculate and suffer.
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11/08/2008 13:52:00

Corluka will be a spurs player eventually, he see's manchester city as a stepping stone, no, as a tool that he can use and then discard, he has finished with you man city, you have served your use and now Corluka wants to move on to a big club and achieve things
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11/08/2008 14:44:00

The same with Michael Johnson, and Richards and now Jo, can't you see the truth, you are nothing but a feeder club, Jo will have his feed and then move on to a real team. And another reason they all want to go is because Thaksin keeps trying to give them "Thai Massages"
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11/08/2008 14:49:00

Thanks for your input Carthorse. Just call us Lids 2!
Johnny Baguette
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11/08/2008 14:52:00

Gents. Just saw the front of the M.E.N. - Frank is wanted back in Thailand to face charges. Anyone got a copy. At work for a few hours yet. Now, surely he will now falls outside of 'fit and proper' in the FA's eyes. If so... will you face points deduction or some other sanction?
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11/08/2008 16:05:00

Nothing can be ruled in and nothing can be ruled out, greyhound. A tough time to be a City fan. Again!
Johnny Baguette
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11/08/2008 16:21:00

Ok say for instance, that Dr.T now falls outside the FA 'Fit & Proper' rules. and what are the FA going to do now then? buy City off Dr. T?- Nope didn't think so; Tell him he can't own the team? Yes but then what? In any case Dr.T although on the run with an arrest warrant does not in itself prove that he is guilty of the offences for which he has been brought to court.
Buzz Lightyear
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11/08/2008 17:03:00

"on the run with an arrest warrant" - some would say why run if you have nothing to be worries about?
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11/08/2008 17:27:00

We just can't be sure of anything Buzz. His tsatement today that he is "not getting involved" with City does not bode well. I'm forming the opinion that we should prepare for a doomsday scenario and positives will be a bonus. We all know the FA are wimps and will do anything for money. But. Man City are an easy target and they love to pander to the press. I am seriously expecting a points deduction if Thaksin's inevitable conviction in absence is recognised.
Johnny Baguette
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11/08/2008 17:28:00

If you didn't think you were going to get a fair hearing you'd run. Why let him leave the country? they wanted him to run. This is political. If you were on bail in this country, you wouldn't get your passport and you would not be given permission to leave usless we wanted you to. As for the FA there is not anything they can do now. I am pretty sure that he is not on the board and therefore although it is widely known that he owns the club, he does not actually have a position at Manchester City. I go back to British Justice, If frank asks for polictical asylum and it is granted, then a points deduction cannot be applied.
Buzz Lightyear
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11/08/2008 17:39:00

If you believe Corluka's agent the deal to Spurs was done which is unfortunate for City, but if true is nothing compared to the s**tstorm that's about to hit City because of the Tiny Thai! I feel sorry for City fans as then have been some of the best EPL fans around and, even though I am a Spurs fan, I really enjoyed City's thumping of Manure last season and the looks on the "Jumped Up Hairdressers" face when that happened - he looked like he was popping nose veins all over! Good luck City (except for Corluka) because I'd truly hate to see City humbled or put in administartion for the amusemement of those Manure w*nk*rs accross town!
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11/08/2008 18:15:00

Really is a difficult time, but as with Svengate nobody is stepping up to take responsibility at the club. Imagine trying to a manage a team in that. There are a couple of theories knocking around whereby Hughes has threatened to walk out if City sell prize assets. The other is that Frank struck a deal with the Thai authorities that allowed him to do one. Why else would he exit stage left only now? He loses that money, then he must be planning to sell City. Rumours now abound of an Indian consortium coming in. The timing of these developments could not be worse.
Johnny Baguette
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11/08/2008 18:24:00

I am sure frank has money somewhere, I would just like him to say everything is ok and then go and buy someone. That is not going to happen if you Dr T at this moment City would be the last thing on my mind. The Corluka saga this is strange, first Hughesy appeared not to know anything, then he admitted that Spuds were interested, but then he tells the world that Corluka is staying AFTER having spoken to him. Someone is telling lies once again and I don't think it is MH. If it is the same consortium that was supposed to be buying out the barcodes I think you can take this with a pich of an onion bargee. Frank was looking for people to take a stake in the company not to buy it. If only Bill Gates was interested in football.
Buzz Lightyear
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11/08/2008 18:56:00

Indeed. We've gone from promised gonna be's to likely never be's in 12 months!!!
Johnny Baguette
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11/08/2008 19:32:00

corlukas agent confirmed today that "charlie" still wants the spurs whats hughesy talking about? who is telling the porkies? the deal signed??? man city think not, spurs forums everywhere think it is and it will go to court??....the one swaying factor could/will be the wish of the player....and according to "charlies" agent he still very much wants the spurs move
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11/08/2008 19:47:00

Corluka's agent would say that my friend! By him not moving to Spurs, his agent wont get his wedge from the deal. What has Corluka said himself? Nothing! He's probably just bemused by it all like the rest of us City fans!!!
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11/08/2008 19:55:00

my thing is lW101 is that if Charlie wants to play for you thats fine, but I wont give him away for less than we paid. We are not that desparate. I am sure that if it was the other way round and we went for Berbatov and for sake of argument he wanted to sign for us and he gets permission to sign and we agree personal terms with him and he passes a medical and then we say to you right we offer you 5m for him. no deal Thought so. I think Spurs have been reading the papers and really think we are having a fire sale. Not true.
Buzz Lightyear
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11/08/2008 20:05:00

I think Hughsey is in for a huge shock; by the end of next week, you will either have had to found new investors willing to out in around 20 million in cash, or start selling, at the moment the cash simply isn't there to pay the next set of instalments on last years for Corluka, he will be a Spurs player by the end of August, no matter what!
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11/08/2008 20:08:00

oliverblue......if corluka didnt want the move why was he in london over the weekend agreeing personal terms and having medicals???? he knew MH stance on the matter but he (corluka) was still in london with our people!.....i fully expect corluka to be a spurs player for city, you are in absolute hope for you is you find an immediate investor.
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11/08/2008 21:47:00

He was in london to visit Madame Tussauds museum .
city 81
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11/08/2008 21:57:00

I don't know what all this talk about financial meltdown is all about as ALL Premiership clubs collect 40m from Sky this month. As for Frank and the stupid talk of points deduction etc. you should listen to the legal expert on these matters who says Frank cannot be charged as an unfit and proper person without trial and even if he gets tried 'In abstentia' it will still not count and therefore cannot be charged by the FA as being unfit. So as I said before strap yourselves in for a hairy helter skelter ride this month.
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