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I Was Told My Future At Man City Was Over

After only a handful of games keeping goal at Manchester City, shot-stopper Andreas Isaksson was told he was free to leave.

During the summer of 2006 Sweden international Isaksson joined Stuart Pearce's side from French club Rennes in a 2million move, however it wasn't to be long before Sven-Goran Eriksson replaced Pearce at the helm, in effect sealing the 26-year-old's fate.

Talking to the BBC, the 6ft 6in keeper said...

"Sven-Goran Eriksson told me during Christmas last year that I didn't have a future at the club, so I knew I had to move on. I thought I was worth a spot in the team, but it was up to him."

Joe Hart

Isaksson has nothing but praise for the man who replaced him between the City sticks...

"Joe is a great lad and we got along really well," he said. "He had a great season last year and has a great future.'

"He's young and still learning, but he could be England's number one, there's no doubt about it. He's got the qualities to do it, although you need a bit of experience as well."

"He's only played one season at City, so he needs more games before he can be ready to challenge, but it will happen soon I think."







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Writer: Tudor Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday October 1 2008

Time: 10:38AM

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He has only made two appearances so far for PSV so not exactly the dream move.
alphieblues
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01/10/2008 11:09:00

Never really worked out for Isaksson. I always thought he was worth an extended run but it never happened. His fate was sealed before being shoved in nets for the big give up at Middlesboro. The goalkeeping situation at City still needs attention. Hart, though excellent is still some way off the finished article and Schmeichel is nowhere near as good as he thinks he is. Should we bring in another keeper?
Johnny Baguette
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01/10/2008 11:20:00

Worst keeper I have ever seen in a City shirt. That includes lads playing in the local park!
swordfish7
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01/10/2008 11:25:00

Kasper Schmeichel was winging not long ago that if he didn't make more first team appearances he would move on. Perhaps he should of thought of that before signing a five-year contract. In answer to JB's comment, yes we should be looking to bring in a quality keeper, say Bouffon for instance?
Tudor
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01/10/2008 11:40:00

why not leave the bloke alone. its not like he said bad stuf bout citeh swordfish. at least he is playin champs league
gunnerchi
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01/10/2008 11:41:00

Another case of a player starring in an international tournament only to flop in the Premier League. Glad we didn't sign the likes of Modric, Arshevin etc.
alphieblues
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01/10/2008 12:42:00

I thought Eike Immel was brutal.
Johnny Baguette
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01/10/2008 14:04:00

Always did ok for me, and nice to see a non-bitter outgoing player (are you listening Samaras?). Wish him well!
oliverblue
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01/10/2008 15:06:00

City need strength in depth right across the squad, but to have just Kasper Schmeichel to fall back on is a major gamble. He's fast across the line, yes , but I thought he rode his luck when he got all those starts under Sven beginning of last season. And he is shaky when high balls are being driven in. Isaksson was better cover but at best an average Prem goalkeeper. If we're to threaten the top 4 we need someone to stretch Joe, maybe also to be a mentor. I'm hoping we go for a really experienced goalie, who would not be worried if he only got half a dozen first team starts a season. Joe needs as many games as he can get and is becoming a very formidable stopper. Also -- he needs to sign a long term contract!
Sindbad
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01/10/2008 17:21:00

Schmeichel was unwisely bigging himself up to the hacks this summer pre takeover. His performance at Brighton was ropey and he got nowhere near any penalties. Humble Danish pie job. I think the only way we can get cover without demoting the youngsters is by bringing in a journeyman stopper towrds the end of his career as cover. Lehman??
Johnny Baguette
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01/10/2008 18:30:00

I agree with you JB....we need someone like Lehman for cover as well as to give Hart and Smikes some good advice etc...
lincolnblue
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02/10/2008 08:51:00

Have said we need another goalie for ages, we just couldn't get one we wanted. Not to replace Hart, but I don't have much confidence at the moment in young Schmeichel. I am saying he was at fault for the goals against Brighton, but could certainly have done better.
Buzz Lightyear
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02/10/2008 12:09:00

 

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