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Thaksin: Cast No Shadow

Thaksin: Cast No Shadow

Executive Chairman Garry Cook has moved out of the Eastlands shadows to talk about the dreadful situation surrounding City's owner who is preparing to step deeper into those shadows.

As we all know, there was no doubt that before too long the pisspoor Premier League decision makers would be considering daring to go after Thaksin and City over their 'fit-and-proper-person test' which rules that no club is allowed to employ a director with a conviction. Of course the risk where the Premier League is concerned would be in them opening up a pandora's box of dodgy background ownership investigation across the English top flight. They may yet choose to do a Ricky Gervais in Extras at the point of maximum embarrassment, point the other way, mumble and stumble off.

But City's hierarchy are clearly preparing for the worst at any rate. The damage limitation has begun. Thaksin has been advised to keep out of the public eye for his own safety and avoiding Eastlands is one of the precautions. Cook has already met with Sir Dave Richards, the Premier League chairman over the issue. He is also going down the road of hinting at a man of honour angle in his statements to the press:

"Dr Thaksin has been really open. He has said to us, 'If you need me to resign from this football club because it will serve the needs of the Premier League, I'm fine with that.' He is embarrassed about the indignity he has brought upon his football club and the Premier League. He never intended this to be the case. Three months ago, it was very different."

The Grauniad reports:
'Thaksin and his lawyers are examining Premier League documents to see how he can take a passive role behind the scenes and continue bankrolling City without breaking any rules. 'We are looking at taking him off the board as a director,' said Cook. 'But can he be a shareholder? Those are two very different issues. The jurisdiction around the term 'fit-and-proper-person' needs to be more clearly defined. It is a very loose term, almost tongue-in-cheek, because there have been plenty of unfit and improper people in the league over the last 10 years.' '

The sooner the unholy mess surrounding Thaksin is done with the better. Many Blues who gave their support to the takeover, so desperate was the club's playing plight at that time, are steadily forming the opinion that Thaksin should sell up and ship out after promising the stars only for the club's image to be dragged repeatedly through a mire of damaging revelations.

In the short term however, the club's hierarchy continues to be shrouded in a veil of inconsistent, questionable leadership. The very least City fans deserve is some open honesty and explanations from the very top of the club as to exactly what is going on financially and exactly who is scouting and dictating transfer policy. Mark Hughes should not have been having to fend of questions that he has done so admirably in the past weeks.

So Messrs Cook, Aldridge and co, bollocks to knocking out the odd statement via the hacks. Get out there and start talking to the fans NOW.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Saturday August 23 2008
Time: 5:58AM


'No club is allowed to employ a director with a conviction' - hmm, is that true? Wikipedia says that our current chairman served 12 months in prison in Iceland.
23/08/2008 06:10:00
Good effing grief. It's writing articles and reminders like this that really do just make you want to walk away and have done with it. FC United, to their credit, are attracting 2500 fans to their non league games. We all took the p*ss when they all did one after the Glazers bought the rags. But surely if things continue as they are at City, and FC City or similar will emerge. Tomorrow's attendance will be a real acid test of what has gone on during and since Svengate.
Johnny Baguette
23/08/2008 06:34:00
Funny old thing. City's official site has released a short interview with Garry Cook an hour or so after this article was written. He focuses on his relationship with Hughes, but drops hints regarding sponsorship. I'll wager this morning's croissants that Thomas Cook will not be on those awful orange shirts next season.
Johnny Baguette
23/08/2008 07:17:00
I have to defend Dr.T at this point,OK he is allegedly wanted in Thailand for failing to appear at Court. We saw posters in the press saying Thailand most wanted, but these were produced by the political party that opposes him and the protestors were made up of that party outside the British Embassy. Just because he has fled the country does not mean he is guilty, he has claimed all along that he is innocent of the charges laid against him, but that he considers that a fair trial is not to be had in this unsettled country which still appears to be under the influence of the people that ousted him in the first place. The lack of information from our club in allaying the fears of the fans who thought that this old established club, my city was dead and the media have had a field day, but they have had this bone since Dr.T. took over and have not let go yet.
Buzz Lightyear
23/08/2008 09:17:00
And I don't see the speculation stopping until some sort of line is drawn under the debacle, Buzz. I'd say it is a sensible pre-emptive measure in pushing him out of the limelight. I also welcome the fact that Cook has actually started releasing statements, but as many Blues rightly say, there are a lot of bridges to be built with the fans.
Johnny Baguette
23/08/2008 09:21:00
A couple of more players coming in will complete the bridge building. I think most fans don't give a toss what is happening behind the scenes as long as we build a successful team. As Sparky has already said one or two positive results on the field will put the other issues on the back burner.
23/08/2008 12:24:00
"We are football people".
23/08/2008 12:34:00
I agree with Buzz - Just because he left the place does not mean he’s guilty it’s a danger zone Thailand. Frank claims he is innocent so he has nothing to worry about, let the court carry on without him and if they say not guilty then its over we can forget this mess if guilty, well we will still be fine - he'll get kicked off by the FA and given to someone who can look after our club, don't worry we won’t end up like Leeds because the FA accepted Frank as being "Fit" to run the club by the "Fit & Improper" rules so its not our fault, we can't get punished because its the FA's fault for accepting him in the first place! That’s the reason for the test…
23/08/2008 12:49:00
I think Roman Abramovich comes to mind, Fit & Improper?
23/08/2008 12:52:00
Here's the link below to the full Guardian interview with Cook and the excellent Daniel Taylor. I'm concerned by the admission of the loan, the admission of a 5th column existing within the club, that Hughes is not in favour of signing a superstar, the dismissal of the Man City masters team and the apparant attitude of some players. I think Cook's views on the future of English Football are totally out of touch with what the vast majority of long serving fans would want to see. Neither does he touch upon the MCFC Academy performance, preferring to say that the players are all up for sale unless they aspire to what is expected of them. Furthermore, I believe that the majority of Blues concerns over the future of Manchester City and how it is run would not be erased by superstar signings. One things for sure, we can expect the rollercoaster to keep on turning!
Johnny Baguette
23/08/2008 12:56:00
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