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VMC Archives Flashback: Sack Him or Trust Him

VMC continues to look back at 'where we were when we were shit' as the likes of Stoke and Hull fans have shrieked at us in recent weeks...back to March, 2007 and the Pearce era...

Saturday 24th March 2007 in the middle of a 2 week break from action. City had just won unexpectedly 0-2 at Middlesbrough after five straight league defeats. VMC Writer Clear Sky assessed the situation from training ground to boardroom:

Sack Him or Trust Him

Like many other City fans, I was punching the air at the Middlesbrough result. The win also eased my anxiety about Stuart Pearce, although I have to say that I am still not fully convinced of his ability. And let's face it, the choice has still to be made between sacking Stuart and trusting him, and the consequences of getting this decision wrong are devastating. Nevertheless, the choice will have to be made by Mr. Wardle and his directors, and it has to be made soon.

The likelihood is that a new manager would initially inspire the team and so give a boost to performance. Though this is usually a short-lived thing, after which the team's performance declines. But perhaps an initial inspiration and boost is all that the team needs to pick up enough points for safety. A new manager might bring other problems. He will want a contract for a few seasons and a good salary, and if he turns out to be a failure and is sacked before his contract expires, City will have to pay up with money it might have used to buy players.

The financial consequences of relegation to the Championship have always been severe, but they are now made much more severe by the Premiership's negotiation of the new £625 million TV deal. In the deal, the winner of the Premiership will now net £50 million (£30 million last season), while the team even finishing bottom will net about £26 million. Other clubs will receive greater merit payments in proportion to their final league position.

A further consequence of relegation could be the loss of the American interest in Manchester City. This interest in City is something I find difficult to separate from the building of the new Super Casino at Sportcity. What a disappointment it would be to lose the Americans, when some of the people that might be involved in a takeover could put Roman Abramovich in the shade. Take for example Sheldon Adelson, son of a Boston cabdriver, he borrowed $200 from his uncle to sell newspapers at the age of 12, his net worth now is $20.5 billion. He bought the old Sands casino for $128 million, demolished it and built in its place the $1.5 billion Venetian casino resort and Sands Convention Centre. In doing so he changed the way Las Vegas does business, by taking the emphasis off gambling and attracting conventioneers to the city mid-week. What a chairman he might make! The Evil Empire would be shaking in its red overdrafts.

John Wardle and his directors have the decision to make about Stuart's future, a decision that will take a lot of courage and careful thought. I believe that for any kind of a win or draw at Newcastle, whether good, bad or indifferent, Stuart must be given the chance to continue. On the other hand, if the worst happens, and Mr. Wardle and the directors are confident they have a better man ready to step in, then sadly, Stuart should go.

Clear Sky

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Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Tuesday March 16 2010
Time: 10:59AM

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Just before we gout our Thanksin ownership. Our past desevers the money and hopefullly success were on course for. I was fully behind Psycho, we went on a great run at the start of his helm and lets be honest the players he had at his disposal were very weak.
Once a Blue
16/03/2010 11:44:00
Bring back Damarcus Beasley!
Johnny Baguette
16/03/2010 11:59:00
Stuart Pearce great guy but pity about his tactical nous and his selection of big money buys - Samaras?!
16/03/2010 12:28:00
Stuart Pearce did have some say in who he brought in and generally they were awful players. When I think back to how things were then I thought that was, for me ,one of the worst times ever to be a city fan because everything was going so well for United and things looked particularly gloomy at Eastlands, especially with that nob Joey Barton in the team. It was hell for me and I was extremely happy to see the back of Pearce. I'd rather try to be good and fail in a blaze of glory than fade away like we were doing at that time.
16/03/2010 14:15:00
If you are bringing back Beasley, why Not Gelson fernandes, is he still playing for a team?
buzz lightyear
16/03/2010 15:14:00
Gelson is at struggling Saint Etienne, Buzzer. And er, injured...
Johnny Baguette
16/03/2010 17:34:00
Are we completely "not s**t" now or just a "little bit s**t"? I can't keep track any more!
16/03/2010 18:34:00
SkyBlue, I fully concur. I did cartwheels when he was finally told to leave.
16/03/2010 18:38:00
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