Vital Football

Latest Manchester City News

VMC Seven Deadly Sins Fans Q+A: Sunderland

VMC Seven Deadly Sins Fans Q+A: Sunderland

Vital Sunderland Editor Gaz Johnson takes our latest Q&A as City and The Mackems prepare to walk out er, on the feast of Stephen...?

1. 8th placed, shellshocked City have spent the past 30 hours facing up to the fact that they are far from the finished article many people thought they were, having succumbed pathetically to Spurs in London. The next two games against Sunderland and Stoke at home now take on seismic proportions and failure to win both will see storm clouds over Eastlands. 10th placed Sunderland have had an erratic season results wise but impressively bagged points against the rags (drew), Liverpool and Arsenal (both won).

So how's the form and the mood amongst the Mackem army?

'Well the form table does not lie! We are 2nd bottom just above Bolton and this is mainly due to us falling apart ever since the amazing result against Arsenal last month. We have had some major injury problems and lacked the cutting edge of Lee Cattermole alongside Cana in the middle lately. The mood amongst the Mackems is one of great dissapointment, that we could not capitalise on our strong start to the season and continue to push into the Europa League positions. We have thrown away over 15 points to teams we should be beating or at least getting a point from. You have stolen all our draws this season I think!'

2. Steve Bruce. Far from respected at MCFC. Has he made progress at the Stadium of Light and what do you think he can achieve this season?

'I still think Brucey is the most important signing of our season as he has changed the team entirely but the sad fact is we still see the same results as we did under Keane and Sbragia.

'He will need time to get the best out of his players and also get more in from January to remove the players who are not pulling their weight this season. Bruce is the reason we have not dropped out of the top half this campaign but he needs to start selecting a fixed 11 or we could face another season of uncertainty, the ones we have been promised wouldn't happen again!'

3. Niall Quinn. City legend and always welcome in Manchester. How's the big man rated in Sunderland and how do you rate his achievements?

'I could write all day long about how much I love Sir Niall Quinn and what he has done for not only our club but the entire region in the past few years. The man is simply God. He has saved our club from relegation into League 1, got us on the map when he appointed Keano and has got an American billionaire, Ellis Short, to fund the next wave of players to grace the Stadium of Light turf. Did I mention his campaign to get Sunderland to host the World Cup won recently? There is nothing this guy cannot do for our club and area and the nicest bloke I have ever met. In summary I would marry him.'

4. 'Shot by both sides:' The Dangermen. Who should City and in turn Sunderland, be paying close attention to at Eastlands on Saturday?

'Man City need to keep a close eye on the returning Lee Cattermole as he will be hungry to make an impact and show the fans what we have been missing since his injury. Sunderland need to stop Stephen Ireland as he is the heartbeat when he is on song and then this leads to Adebayor and Tevez running the show against our fragile defence.'

5. Everyone at Manchester City from pitch to state of the art turnstile are very publicly aiming to take on and destabilise the seemingly endless, increasingly boring procession of 'The Big Four' - Can it be done?

'I do not think City will break into the top four this season as they have dropped too many points already and we are only six points behind you before kick-off so plenty of work to be done. Luckily for you, owned by a billionaire has it's plus sides and this means in January and Summer you can buy anyone for any price so it is only a matter of time until you buy a title just like Chelsea did a few years back. As long as you select the right players you can be a force in the years to come.'

6. Are The Citizens guilty of 'ruining football,' one of the more hysterical charges levelled at the club throughout 2009?

'I feel football was ruined a while ago when Chelsea done a similar thing, it makes it impossible for teams like Sunderland to get anywhere near them but at least it makes the title chase a lot more interesting. Players like Lescott being sold for over £20m is beyond me but this is modern football and nothing us fans can do about it now sadly.'

7. And so to battle. Your match prediction?

'City will be looking to send Sunderland home pointless after they were battered by Spurs on Wednesday evening. We have a fragile defence and very low confidence so I can only see one result. Your defence is guilty of leaking goals but we only have Bent who is capable of scoring at free will so it will be hard to get past ex scum Given.'

8. The Bulging Sack Bonus: What do you want for Christmas?!

'I would like a nice HDTV and also three points on Saturday but I can keep dreaming about them two items being there by Xmas day this year!'

Many thanks and respect to gaz and the Vital Sunderland team for this great interview!

VMC Link: Once A Blue Meets Vital Sunderland

Deadly Sinners so far this season:

Blackburn Rovers: Mikey D
Wolverhampton Wanderers: Akela
Portsmouth: pompeyrug
Arsenal: Paul Mustchin
Manchester united: Nobby Allcock
West Ham: Rossy
Aston Villa: The Fear
Wigan Athetic: Worbo
Fulham: Andrew Joyce
Scunthorpe: Luke Thornhill
Burnley: Turfmanphil
Liverpool: Chubby Alonso
Hull City: Matt Wilson
Chelsea: Merlin
Bolton Wanderers: Richard McC
Tottenham Hotspur: OxfordSpur
Sunderland: Gaz Johnson

VMC Forum Link: MATCHDAY THREAD: Man City v Sunderland - Saturday Dec 19 - KO 3PM UK Time


Vital Manchester City is the fastest growing independent City Website of 2009 with a membership now 2,000 strong. There's more to come - Get on board and join us in the VMC Forums for the build up to the Sunderland and Stoke Christmas clashes!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Friday December 18 2009
Time: 8:49AM

Best of Vital Network


Nicely done, and yes, he echoes my sentiments with The Mighty Quinn. Regardless of City's past performances, I can only see one outcome on Saturday. Mind you, Gaz, you'll still have your HDTV wish...
18/12/2009 08:59:00
Niall Quinn's disco pants are the best...!
Johnny Baguette
18/12/2009 09:23:00
The Sunderland and City interviews are now all linked lads, so have a check of the Sunderland page please.
18/12/2009 11:39:00
Feel sorry for Lescott Just because golem is a stingey jock, Lescott is one of the greediest most hated english players
Once a Blue
19/12/2009 00:52:00
Is steve Bruce quoted in the odds?. Good answers to the questions an enjoyable read, thanks Gaz.
Buzz Lightyear
19/12/2009 11:57:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Manchester City Articles

Premier League 2016/17 Pre-Season Games

The Premier League may have published their 2016/17 fixture list but what about those of us who want to know about our respective club pre-season games.

VERY Latest On Nolito Deal

Speculation surrounding Celta Vigo's Nolito, aka Manuel Agudo Duran potential move to Manchester City has turned into a media frenzy.

Who Will Be The First Out Of The Door?

Our new Vital Manchester City front page poll question asks, 'out of the first team regulars, who will be sold first?'

Raheem Sterling - #TheHatedOne

12-months ago Manchester City paid Liverpool around £49 million, the highest transfer fee ever paid for an English player. But, was the 21-year-old England midfielder worth the money?

Archived VMC Articles

VMC articles from

Site Journalists

Editor email
Johnny Baguette
no email
no email
no email
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Out of the first team regulars, who will be sold first?
Suggested By: Tudor
Joe Hart1%
Aleksandar Kolarov3%
Pablo Zabaleta6%
Bacary Sagna0%
Fabian Delph6%
Jesus Navas0%
Raheem Sterling9%
Yaya Toure9%
Wilfried Bony63%
Samir Nasri0%
Eliaquim Mangala3%
Gael Clichy0%
Pep will not sell anyone0%
Someone else0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 38 23 12 3 81 32
2 Arsenal 38 20 11 7 71 29
3 Spurs 38 19 13 6 70 34
4 Man City 38 19 9 10 66 30
5 Man Utd 38 19 9 10 66 14
6 Southampton 38 18 9 11 63 18
7 West Ham 38 16 14 8 62 14
8 Liverpool 38 16 12 10 60 13
9 Stoke 38 14 9 15 51 -14
10 Chelsea 38 12 14 12 50 6
11 Everton 38 11 14 13 47 4
12 Swansea 38 12 11 15 47 -10
13 Watford 38 12 9 17 45 -10
14 WBA 38 10 13 15 43 -14
15 Crystal Palace 38 11 9 18 42 -12
16 AFC Bournemouth 38 11 9 18 42 -22
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 39 -14
R Newcastle 38 9 10 19 37 -21
R Norwich 38 9 7 22 34 -28
R Aston Villa 38 3 8 27 17 -49
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Manchester City Results (view all)

Manchester City Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

2.Colin Is The King106
6.Buzz Lightyear65