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Sparky's Statement Of Intent

Manchester City boss Mark Hughes gave the Premier League and the football community as a whole something I bet he thought he would never be able to do - Sparky's Statement Of Intent.


After pulling off one of the most remarkable transfer coups in Premier League history when they smashed the British record by landing Brazil forward Robinho from Real Madrid for £32.5million, Hughes told thousands of bleary-eyed City supporters staying up past many of their bedtimes last night...

'I have said that in order to compete with the best teams in the Premier League, we have to be in the market for players of this calibre, and Robinho is undoubtedly one of the best players in the world. This is a real statement of intent as to the ambitions of Manchester City.'

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Monday 1 September 2008 will be a day to remember and will live in our memories for years to come. What a day that was.

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Date:Tuesday September 2 2008

Time: 9:30AM

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It's just unbelievable. When you consider Chelsea sanctioned the sale of thousands of Robinho replica kits on line this week, it gives you an idea of the seismic shift in spending power the Arabs have made possible.
Johnny Baguette
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02/09/2008 09:44:00

if they add 'nearly signed for us' underneath they may get some money back with a bit of discount.
Buzz Lightyear
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02/09/2008 10:46:00

Indeed. Times are changing at Middle Eastlands!!
Johnny Baguette
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02/09/2008 11:17:00

TOP RUMOUR: Mad Kev resigned at The Barcodes?
Johnny Baguette
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02/09/2008 11:24:00

Just curious what you guys think of this article. £120m for Ronaldo off Man United in January :P
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02/09/2008 12:46:00

No he will wont go to City but he will go for not sporting reasons to Real Madrid.
Buzz Lightyear
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02/09/2008 12:54:00

The management would fear for their lives if they sold Lady Boy to us.
Buzz Lightyear
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02/09/2008 12:58:00

lol. I myself doubt that he would come to Middle Eastlands, and I think it'd get right up the noses of true blues and rags alike if it went through. I can't stand the idiot, and him wearing blue wouldn't change that any time soon. I was more curious to your reactions at the proposal than whether you think it'll happen though. Still, thanks for the replies.
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02/09/2008 13:00:00

Congrats to all you Citeh fans from the Chels. Gutted you snatched Rob from under our noses, but that's the way the cookie crumbles! We know what a rollercoaster ride you're about to go on. And it'll be nice, when your honeymoon's over, not to be the most despised team in England anymore. I'd love it if you lot bought the Winker!
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02/09/2008 13:32:00

I think Robinho will prove to be the bargain of the season when you think of the £70-80m being asked for the likes of Ladyboy, Kaka, Messi etc.
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02/09/2008 15:22:00

Now Ronaldinho & All who said (No) before to the Manchester City, Now They will be cry .
city 81
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02/09/2008 16:07:00

Congratulations guys,well done with Robinho and the new owners,but what are you going to do with all the "old" supporters who suddenly remember they supported City since day one?Many of whom will have old Chesea jerseys they bought once "for a joke",and never threw out?Thaks for Corluka,pity we didn't go in for Kompany as well,the guys class.
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02/09/2008 17:35:00

Glad to see our new owners are giving Rednose a taste of his own mind games threatening to come in for Ladyboy in January. The future is bright ...The future is BLUE !!!
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02/09/2008 17:47:00

Well I wish you guys well, hope you depose Liverpool and Arsenal from the 3rd spot play-off. However I'd not expect your manager to be there too long after the deal is done, first item on the agenda will be a new man at the top whatever he's been told so far. Results will be expected straight away which will not be easy given the best players are already tied up, so expect turbulence as well as signings. Personally though I'd love a rich owner to swoop into Spurs on his Flying Horse, jealous as hell and hope it works for you this time. Glad we still got Corluka in time also.
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02/09/2008 17:49:00

Still I wish they wouldn't go public with these statements,Its embarassing to say the least, Is that called tapping up on a big scale.Hope we get our own TV station on Sky.
Buzz Lightyear
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02/09/2008 17:53:00

Hughes is the best coach in the world.
city 81
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02/09/2008 18:02:00

City 81 time will tell on that one, One player will not change this team and if are to be in with a chance of a top 6 finish we need to be in the top 6 in January. That is still a tall order, there are many fine teams in the Premier and we will have to play extremely well uptil then.
Buzz Lightyear
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02/09/2008 18:19:00

Yes, whilst we are all rightly on a crest of a wave, I think we are all in danger of getting carried away. Forget January for now, and let's concentrate on delivering a top six finish (as Buzz rightly says as being realistic). Let's not forget we face a very angry Chelsea side next, who will be desperate to drop us down a peg or two. We are not top four material YET, but the future is looking very blue indeed. As for the Ronaldo story, I think we should go through with the deal, as we could do with resting SWP in the Carling Cup fixtures ;)
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02/09/2008 18:44:00

welcome to the "seriously richer than you" club - you'll find it does have its downside with all the jealousy from those less fortunate!
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02/09/2008 19:20:00

MCFC moving out of the shadows..... Here's to those York and Wycombe 10th anniversaries... Stoke 2 Man City 5: 3rd May 1998 Relegated to Third Division. Macc Town 0 Man City 1: 8th September 1998.
Johnny Baguette
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02/09/2008 19:21:00

How many of the present squad will have a regular place in the line-up come February ???
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02/09/2008 19:26:00

Richards,Robinho & JO. A bit worried about the Brazilians though, Elano does not relish the cold and I cannot imagine the others doing to aswell.
Buzz Lightyear
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03/09/2008 03:56:00


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