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Benítez One Game Away From The Sack *VIDEO*

We at Vital Manchester City have decided to show an unusual and perhaps morbid look at Liverpool's demise. Is Rafael Benítez one game away from the sack?

Four games played, four games lost. At last, the tide is turning and about time too. At the start of the season I had Arsenal as favourites to drop out of the so-called Premier Leagues Top 4 but it appears I might be wrong, perhaps it could be Liverpool?

With the Liverpool - Manchester United game starting two hours ahead of City's home encounter with Fulham on Sunday City boss Mark Hughes has this to say...

'I'm relishing the fact the other two are playing each other. It's a big fixture in the sporting calendar, and irrespective of our ambitions this year, everybody looks at that game because it's a big one and there's huge focus on it.'

'Maybe this year we're looking at it with a different view and with renewed interest.'

'You hope the teams in and around you stumble so you can take full advantage of that. Obviously, in years gone by, we've been more used to mid-table teams and the like, and looking at their results.'

'Maybe now we can say we're looking at the top teams around us and hoping they're going to fail.'


I saw this on ESPN America and for once, agreed with their TV pundits. Do you?

Oh how the mighty are beginning to fall!

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Date:Friday October 23 2009

Time: 4:16PM

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The Mickeys look a brutal side right now.
Johnny Baguette
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23/10/2009 18:19:00

This is exactly the kind of smug, distatesteful and arogant article that makes City fans so disliked by so many. "We at Vital Manchester City have decided to show an unusual and perhaps morbid look at Liverpool's demise. Is Rafael Benítez one game away from the sack?" Is the rather Nazi-like symbol on your club's badge a proud eagle or an obnoxious vulture? By all means discuss some of Liverpool's issues and how they relate to your team, but I'm sorry to say that this article really does go some way to proving SAF right when he said you don't have 'a big club mentality'. I never used to have a problem with City fans, in fact I always admired the humble way in which they would persist in their support of a club which has for so long dwelled in the shadow of its neighbours. But clearly most City fans haven't learnt from their troubled past. Since the takeover the majority of your club's fans have displayed absolutely no class or respect - merely licking their lips as they attempt to break into the top 4. What is more disturbing is that, whether you mean to or not, most City fans give the impression that they are more interested in seeing one of the big four slip out of the group, rather than seeing City climb into it. Not all City fans are like this, in fact there are a couple in particular here on Vital who seem to understand and respect City's position very well, but understand that comments such as the one above just make you look like the biggest a*sholes in football. Rant over, thanks for your time. : )
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23/10/2009 18:34:00

And thanks for yours, Rob.
Johnny Baguette
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23/10/2009 19:05:00

4-2. 4-2...
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23/10/2009 19:11:00

lol rob... we're classless and yet it's you calling us nazi's and assholes... it's your fans injuring stewards and rioting because of a goal celebration... it's you who doesn't grasp that in order for us to get in the top 4 someone will have to drop out. You say we have no class and yet your little rant has none. If you want to make a point it's best not to show the qualities in yourself that you are complaining about.
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23/10/2009 19:15:00

I think you'll find that (if you actually asked) City fans, like Spunks/Everton/Villa fans and in fact most non-big-4 fans, don't really care WHO breaks into the top 4. Of course we WANT our teams to. But it's really more about not watching the same drivel year after year from you lot. The majority of the PL wants actual competition amongst the 20 teams like the old First Division where anyone could really have a go at it instead of this status quo game that the CL teams go through every season.
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23/10/2009 20:33:00

Outside of the no longer with us Nobby Allcock, all the feedback we've had from our opponents on our weekly Q+A has been positive towards The Blues.
Johnny Baguette
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23/10/2009 20:36:00

Arsenal Rob - I think that any fans would be licking their lips at the opportunity to be successful and break the monotony of the Sky 4, this will make any success which comes our way all the more sweeter than it would anyway after the extended wait which we've had - I don't think that there is anything wrong with this. I also don't think that there was much class in also making out that our official club badge looks like it belongs in The Third Reich as I believe that I am correct in thinking that City have one of the largest Jewish followings in English football and our owners also happen to be from the Middle East. It also wasn't our supporters who acted like a bunch of Nazi stormtroopers in front of the world during our 4-2 victory against your team the other week.
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23/10/2009 20:57:00

JB - Is it safe to assume that Nobby Allcock will not be answering the Q&A when the rags visit eastlands then? LOL
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23/10/2009 20:59:00

We cannot rule out some kind of paranormal voice from beyond the grave, Kev. In fact, we can almost confirm it already....
Johnny Baguette
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23/10/2009 21:01:00

No-one likes to see people lose their jobs and Rafa Benitez's task has been made harder by the constant squabbling by the current owners. Recent news suggested that their was a third party interest from the middle east and one or both of the owners should for the good of the club sell to someone who can give the manager backing, just like Sheikh Mansour gives to our manager Mark Hughes. Benitez has done a brilliant job for his Club, but in the end it all boils down to money.
buzz lightyear
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24/10/2009 05:54:00

MFCF_Goatboy, please could you outline where I called you either of those things. I merely pointed out that your badge has a striking resembelence to a Nazi symbol, something I've heard many City fans complain about before, and that some of the things that many of City's fans are saying are making you sound like assholes. I have absolutely no problem with a bit of banter, and I can understand you being excited that Liverpool are dropping points, but its the smug way in which you talk about breaking into the top 4, such as in the first sentence of this article, that really makes you come across as a load of w****rs, for a want of being more profound. You make yourselves seem very bitter, and more interested in proving a point to the rest of the top 4 than to become a member of that group yourselves. This may not be the case at all, but I'm just saying that thats how you come across, and you won't make your club very popular if you keep doing so.
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24/10/2009 20:03:00

As an ex-Manc, and now a resident of Germany, I can assure you that anyone that believes that the City badge in anyway resembles that of the Nazi-era, is obviously either dellusional, or stupidv. And as a matter of fact, Germany still holds that Eagle as a symbol for the Bundesrepublik, and as everyone knows, Germany has done all it can (and then some) to distance itself from the Nazi's, and very sussessfully too I might add. Why, for all I know, you may consider the eagle of the United States, that adorns the White House First Office carpet, something very similar. ----- However, be that as it may, I shall forgive your ignorance and go on to the next bit. How can one (and by that I mean anyone), enter into the top four without someone dropping out? Of course, for someone to enter, someone must leave, and so the question remains as to whom? So are you saying that we have no right to decide who we think most likely to be the one? Had you have asked us at the beginning of the season, we'd have pretty much all said collectively, Arsenal, but it would appear that we could be wrong in that assumption, as it looks, in all likelihood, that Liverpool could be the one. ---- Sackings are a fact of life in football, after all it was only last season when every man and his dog were stating adamantly that Hughes would be out on his ear. Someone losing their job is not good, but Benitez is not doing well (whether it is directly his fault or not, is another debate), and with the position of the club currently, it seems only fair that one can speculate that he and the club are ripe for replacing. ---- The only point we will prove will be at the end of the season, and should we be fortunate enough to be in the the top four (yes, at someone's expense), then we will have proved to everyone that we deserved it.
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24/10/2009 20:41:00

Nice one BlueWolfie. Back to the main article though and most pundits are united in their belief that Liverpool couldn't sack Benitez even if they wanted to as he recently signed a 4 and a half year contract worth £4.5 million per year which means that it would cost them an absolute fortune and he is also unlikely to resign knowing this. I picked Liverpool to win the title this season as they were a bit unlucky last season but I should have known that the Liverpool of the last 20 years or so have usually flopped the following season after going close, once that the expectation levels have gone sky high.
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24/10/2009 20:49:00

Sorry Arsenal Rob, I really don't understand your point. Nothing in the article is as strong as some of the stuff printed in the red-tops or posted by the Liverpool fans, so why choose this article as the focus for yout disgust? If you think we're out of order for our take on the Liverpool management situation can I suggest you look at Vital Manure? You'll soon realise that our mild mickey taking is far from the arrogant bull***** being spouted by the rags and then perhaps you will wind your neck in. And for what it's worth, we City fans are sick to death of being patronised by the old "Big 4" teams who admired us purely because we were good humoured in the face of 5-0 pastings. It would seem that any good will from the Arsenal fans went out the window with our two recent victories over you and that is clearly a sore point in North London, not least with your manager who has described our comprehensive victory over you earlier this season as an "accident". You'll just have to get over it mate, we already have. Looking forward to many more accidental victories over the goons!
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24/10/2009 21:02:00

BlueWolfie- very good article, very well written. I agree with them pundits that Kevinho mentions that Liverpools owners are in serious financial difficulties and can't afford to sack Benitez, even if they wanted to. ArsenalRob- may i ask exactly what is smug, distasteful and arrogant about simply asking a question?
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24/10/2009 21:13:00

Been working with German colleagues today. My City nazi badge question had them in stitches. Heil Hughes!
Johnny Baguette
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24/10/2009 22:49:00

fifthcolumnblue - To be perfectly honest, the only reason I 'chose' this article was because I was in a slightly irritated mood, and with the article's sub-heading adding to the other distatesteful comments I've heard from City fans in recent months, I decided to have a bit of a rant. You are right in a sense about Vital Manure, but everyone knows that its a ****hole of a site, and always has been. Arsenal have been beaten before and will be beaten again, we can still admire teams, and I think you'll find most Arsenal fans got over our two defeats at Eastlands a while ago, although the first one was a bit worrying. Its the arogant impression that City give off, and, admittedly, what I percieve to be your overnight dumping of long-term plans in order to persue almost fake success, but that's a whole other debate. You can call our positive comments patronising after a defeat, and to be honest they sometimes are (who doesn't want to spread a bit of positivity after such a win?), but, in my case anyway, I have genuine admiration for teams who really put up a good fight against us, and it is positive comments in defeat which are more telling. BlueWolfie - I'm highly, highly, doubtful that to believe that "the City badge in anyway resembles that of the Nazi-era" you have to be delusional or stupid. For a second there, I thought, I'd made a terrible mistake, so I googled it. It turns out that City's badge bears a rather obvious resembelance to the eagle made famous by the Nazi era, regardless of its current use (and I believe the particular illustration of the eagle has changed). I'm not saying that City is a Nazi club, I'm just pointing out a slight defect in your clubs badge - and I know that many City fans feel the same way. As I've already said, I have no problem with you having a bit of a debate as to which of the top four will drop out, I just don't like the way that you discuss it. Last season, for example, I thought Aston Villa conducted themselves with a huge amount of dignity when they looked like knocking us out of the top 4. They gave off the impression that they were focusing on driving forwards, rather constantly than looking behind them to s******* at the team behind them. Once more, I don't think that all of your fans are guilty of this, but many of you make yourselves appear that way.
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24/10/2009 23:54:00

by the way the sensored word there was snig.ger. And if that gets sensored too then just replace it with smirk!
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24/10/2009 23:58:00

Don't worry about that Rob, we have a Carling Cup game this week against Scunthorpe United and as you can see that gets censored as well!
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25/10/2009 00:04:00

And that is just the first time on any thread that the 2nd-5th letters of Scunthorpe have failed to blank out!
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25/10/2009 00:05:00

hate le arse,hate the rags,hate the scousers...three broke,dinosaur clubs whos time at the top is nearly at an end.and arsenal rob,you can call me arrogant but ive watched city play all the way up and down the divisions i and all city fans deserve a day in the sun.
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25/10/2009 00:06:00

Wow Kevinho, no wonder Vital Scunthorpe don't have an editor!mcfcirish, I wouldn't dare call you arogant having never heard what you have to say before. But what I would say is that I, personally (you are entitled to disagree), find it a bit of a shame that, having stuck with your team through the good times and the bad, your club suddenly finds success through obtaining a a totally different aproach overnight. Over the years everything your club has done has been to fight its way to the top, but then suddenly all that is made somewhat redundant as you become the plaything of a businessman. This is a huge debate though, and I won't bore you with it any further. I know you've heard it all before. And by the way, Arsenal are one of the most modern clubs in the whole league. It may not be to our credit, but it's true. Broke? Presently a bit strapped for cash, as we have been expecting, but we look very secure financially in the long term. I won't answer for Pool and Manure.
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25/10/2009 01:42:00

I don't really wanna keep harping on about this, but the eagle to which you refer, existed before the Nazi's (by more than 1,000 years), and after too. It is an altogether different proposition to the swastika which use to be a symbol for good, until the Nazi's hijacked it. The eagle was always there, and probably always will be, it is just that when the Nazi's were in power, they naturally used it, because that is what the German nation have always used. It is no more of a Nazi symbol than any military officer wearing a dark uniform, or the Germans speaking German. ---- Just for the record, as well as the United States, that I have already mentioned, we also have the following that use the eagle (and there are plenty more on top othese listed): Austria, India, Serbia, Egypt, Netherlands, Russia, Jordan, Pakistan, Romania, Poland, Mexico - the list is endless.
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25/10/2009 10:11:00

Then there's Lazio's badge!
Johnny Baguette
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25/10/2009 10:45:00

If we really want a history lesson then the eagle was a symbol of the Roman Empire and was also widely used in Napoleons French army long before the Nazi's came along.
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25/10/2009 10:57:00

BlueWolfie, there may be many other countries which use an eagle as one of their crests, but other than the Romanian eagle, they have very different illustrations to the one made famous in modern history by during the Nazi era, I know it was used before that time, and the one on your clubs badge. Anyway, you are still correct in what you say. I'm not accusing you of being a Nazi club, obviously not, its just something which causes a bit of bother amoungst many. To give a more extreme example, the Swastica was a bhudist symbol, but it would cause some distress on a club badge. I don't disagree with what you're saying, but it doesn't contradict my point - which is highly insignificant, I didn't mean to start a Nazi debate, my apologies.
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25/10/2009 13:39:00

Okay AR, no problem, but you understand when I say that anyone that compares the two (and they are being serious, and it's not some joke), are either dillusional or stupid - and that includes City fans. You're right about the swastika, which meant the exact opposite until Hitler got a hold of it, and has therefore ruined its true meaning forever. Not so with the eagle. ---- Maybe a slightly weird point, but I don't recall seeing too many eagles in the Greater Manchester area LOL
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26/10/2009 06:57:00


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