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City 'Subjected Unfairly To Diabolical Publicity'

Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan has questioned Steve Bruce's recent 'absolutely disgusting' comments in regards to Manchester City's pursuit of midfielder Wilson Palacios.

Whelan said: 'I must say, City were extremely straight with us at Wigan when they showed an interest in Wilson Palacios.

'I was a bit surprised when our manager Steve Bruce had a go at them - I told him so.

'Wilson may have been a bit overawed when he played against City for us.

'It wasn't one of his better games and Mark Hughes probably saw this and thought twice about taking him to City. I don't know, it's just my view.'

'I feel sorry for City to an extent because, in my view, they have been subjected unfairly to some diabolical publicity while the transfer window has been open.

'City are a fine club but things have been souped-up and over-hyped and they've been extremely unlucky.'

Whelen went on to say of Manchester City's Executive Chairman, Garry Cook: 'Cook has always been a man who knows what he wants and he is level-headed and extremely fair.

'City are ambitious and they will benefit from his presence and his expertise.

I've a lot of time for him and he has some very good ideas and is certainly extremely forward-thinking.'




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Date:Wednesday February 4 2009

Time: 3:04PM

Your Comments

Wonder what Whelan hopes to gain by cosying up to city and embarrassing his own manager? Mmmmm, let me think for a little minute?
yams
The Skeikh Mansour might be one of his best customers, or his oil tank is running low.
Buzz Lightyear
Dave Whelan is not the sort of person to pull his punches and he has laid into ManCity in the past. I don't think Whelan has an ulterior motive for his latest comments, I just think he tells it how he sees it, and Bruce's comments have clearly annoyed him due to their being patently untrue! Refreshing honesty in this day and age.
fifthcolumnblue
Maybe he's lining up a swap with Sheik yer Bouti, his club for theirs/ours.
kennyclementstache
What like swap shop, I think you'd become tired of his 'refreshing honesty' and have to say goodbye to your fantatic chicken balti pies!
yams
Its refreshing to hear something positive about us these days ...thanks Dave.
Doody
Yet more negative publicity this morning, with numerous newspapers carrying a (suspiciously quote free) story about Michael Johnson wanting out of Manchester City. The wording is the same in all of the articles leading me to believe that it was written by the same hack, curious that so many papers would choose to carry an unsubstantiated story unless of course they have an axe to grind...
fifthcolumnblue
FCB Sounds like the usual media codswallop....Why would we turn down 8 million for him if he wanted out...they just can't leave us alone can they...
alphieblues
 

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