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Cassell Move Rumblings: Hack Mischief Making?


One month ago City announced that MCFC Academy legend Jim Cassell was to take up a new post as head of an overseas academy department. Reaction at the time seemed fairly muted...

Based on the early July quotes that we can read on the dynamic new MCFC official site, Cassell appears delighted with the prospect.

'I am thrilled to be part of such a ground-breaking venture. We have been having conversations for the past year about doing something new. If we didn't add to what we do and come up with something new there was a fear that people in the Academy might alienate themselves away from new initiatives in the club.

'The attraction of the role I am about to undertake with the international academies is that I have to come out of my comfort zone and if you want to go into the top echelon of the game that is what you have to do whether you are player, a coach or an Academy chief.'

Fast forward four weeks and up pops Das Daily Mail shrieking 'City boss Hughes risks fury of fans by sending youth chief Cassell to Abu Dhabi.'

The article goes on to suggest 'tension' between Mark Hughes, his management team and Cassell throughout last season. The Academy guru is variously described as 'saddened,' 'puzzled,' and 'unhappy' at his 'removal' from his post as City's Academy director.

The write up then lists upcoming Academy personnel changes. You'd be hard pressed to find that information on the official site.

Meanwhile, we the fans are said to be 'alarmed.' Well, I personally have yet to guage that sentiment across Planet Blue, much as I admire and respect Cassell's brilliant work at making City's Academy the envy of European football. Nothing I've read intimated that Cass is being forced out.

We've already seen a robustly led Manchester City steam into a couple of newspapers recently with libel action and react swiftly to certain hack's shite stirring. It will be interesting to see how the club reacts to today's allegations.

There are Blues out there in cyberspace who do terrific work following the fortunes of the Academy. If they can shed any light or truth upon what The Mail has published today, then please drop us a line at VMC.

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 7 2009

Time: 7:44AM

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This decision had nothing to do with Hughes, the academy and first team are run as separate entities. ADUG asked Cassell to recreate the success of City's academy world-wide- starting in Abu Dhabi. Soon we will have duplicate academies churning out Onuoha's, SWP's and hopefully the odd Messi and Eto'o all over the world.
eighthsin
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07/08/2009 11:51:00

Mail won't post any comments disagreeing with their articles either. Even if it's a well thought and constructive reply. As for the story... we knew Cassell was going to Abu Dhabi over a month ago. The news was he was going over there for a spell.. then over to America for a spell. As for the academy here... Cassell only has a couple of years left in him anyway and the people around him have learnt from him and know what they're doing.
MCFC_Goatboy
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07/08/2009 13:16:00

The whole gist of the article is that Cassell is upset with Hughes for requesting that academy players train with the first team squad. Correct me if I'm wrong, but should that not be a logical and sensible step in the progression of our young prospects? How will said players ever make the step up to the first team without gaining a certain degree of familiarity with the squad? I reckon this is a load of specious nonsense from a hack with nothing much to write about during the silly season, and further more, the article goes on to suggest that Cassell will still have a base in Manchester. So what exactly is the problem?
fifthcolumnblue
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07/08/2009 14:26:00

I reckon City should go after that Ian Ladyman.
Johnny Baguette
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07/08/2009 16:24:00

 

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