Writer: Jason Halfpenny
Date:Thursday July 9 2009
Jason Halfpenny from bleachers report sent us the following...
Morons thinking Sven G Eriksson was better than Mark Hughes prompted me to write the following, and any City fan who would want Sven back is clearly confused.
Eriksson & his team
Allowed Daniel Sturridge's contract to run out.
Purchased Tal Ben Haim, a complete and utter shambles of a defender who sidelined Micah Richards.
Purchased Gelson Fernandes, the headless chicken who cannot pass or tackle to save his own life.
Sven racked up more debt and half the debt was on complete flops in the form of Tal Ben Haim, Gelson Fernandes and Brazilian Jo.
Elano, Martin Petrov and Valeri Bojinov was the only good signings but Sven had no hand in either as his coaching staff recommended them.
Martin Petrov, Michael Johnson and Valeri Bojinov all injured.
Elano, after his bright start, faded out into the background, why, we will never know unless he tells us the story himself. We know this much though, he's performing for Brazil now and under Mark Hughes had shown sparks of Elano of old.
Vedran Corluka was also a good signing BUT ended up demanding a transfer away from City.
Loaned Mexican Nery Castillo who hardly got a look in in the end, money wasted.
So that was Micah Richards, Michael Johnson and Valeri Bojinov all out injured and City did not even have the proper facilities to give the players 110%.
Allowed players to do as they please - our training sessions reminded me of when I'd hook up with a few mates to have a kick about on our local playing field. Believe me I saw it with my own eyes, no order or discipline at all what so ever.
Even Stephen Ireland admitted to how pathetic Sven G Eriksson was, after the 8-1 humiliation by Middlesbrough in the last game of the season. Ireland stated some of the City players and management were laughing their backsides off - he also said that was the lowest point of his career and because of this he considered life away from City. To me, it was the worst match of my City life.
How many City fans would have been happy if we had of lost Ireland?
Only memorable point was beating Man United twice. If this blinded you with the truth then you should think about that and decide how not to let it happen again. Whether it be in sport or in your day to day life I was almost taken in until someone started pointing a few things out.
I will remember Sven for one thing and one thing only - seeing him sitting there posing for the camera's on match day while his right hand man commanded the technical area. Not once did I see him get off his backside to talk tactics with his slave, the man had 0 percent passion. City only knew how to play one way under Sven and if that did not work then City were on their own.
Sven had the money but failed big time.
Sven may have a shining CV in other countries but in England he is a complete fraud and failure.
Hughes & his team
Over-saw the arrivals of Robinho and Pablo Zabaleta.
Told us City fans that our club had a disgraceful lack of Premier League facilities and personnel compared to most Premier League clubs, and he was right.
Hughes then over-saw the construction of high tech facilities and brought in top notch personnel to drive the club forward on and off the field.
Hughes brought stability and a work ethic to Manchester City.
Hughes has signed: Gareth Barry, Shay Given, Stuart Taylor, Roque Santa Cruz and soon to confirm the signing of Carlos Tevez.
Now that City have the facilities good enough to provide for our players, we now see the evidence with Michael Johnson, Valeri Bojinov, Martin Petrov almost fit and ready for the new season.
2008/09 stabilised Manchester City and now we are back where we belong.
This is just the start, this is just the beginning. Let the revolution continue.
Date:Thursday July 9 2009
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