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Rewind To Sunday 6th May 2007

City's incredible transformation to title contenders was unthinkable 5 years ago this weekend. The Blues had just lost to the rags and hadn't scored at home in the league for 5 months...

As we gear up for the tremendous challenge on Tyneside that could further boost a tilt at a title that was gone three weeks ago, it's worth taking a step back and seeing just how far we've come. No wonder Stretford is reeling from the speed of the sky blue juggernaut.

5 years ago almost to the day, MCFC was in total disarray and clinging to it's Premier League status by a thread. One week before the next defeat away at Spurs, Johnny Baguette offloaded...

Hatful Of Hollow
by Johnny Baguette, Sunday May 6 2007

Apathy reigns. When a Manchester City team, very much the creation of their manager and his pals relentlessly transmit a lack of invention, effort, skill or excitement to their home supporters is it any wonder that so many Blues are raising the white flag and saying enough is enough?

After almost two full seasons of outstanding support the City Board and Pearce's collectively clueless policies and tactics have now rewarded us with an embarrassing non scoring record at home, nevermind 85 points from 225 and counting.

Beggars belief, beyond belief, turgid, vapid, insipid, spineless, hopeless, clueless. All words repeated continually across the web forums and sports pages throughout this season to describe the painful non performances of this terrible Manchester City side who once again have avoided merited relegation only because there are a few other teams marginally worse than our own stumbling squad.

That Stuart Pearce remains in charge is becoming indescribable. The risk of him being allowed to spend millions of pounds this summer is a frightening prospect. Give him the money the rags and Chelski have had and the safety first - that goes wrong - what next tactics will stay in place. Still, the City Board wait for it all to become somebody else's problem.

This morning, not only am I questioning his ability to motivate, inspire and direct operations as well as manage the younger players (again, he has only relied so heavily on our Academy as his mercenaries have failed so abysmally) I am also questioning his ability to unite his squad and to maintain discipline both on the pitch and at the training ground. Far too many high profile incidents.

Finally, to not take the game to a rag side humiliated only a couple of days earlier in Milan was criminal. We deserved at least that and we certainly didn't get it.

City Board, if you are reading this, I hope your big sale comes off and it doesn't all go the way of Pearce's top six delusions. Whatever happens, if you and the entire management team remain in place then brace yourselves for greatly reduced attendances next season. That will be your reward for what you have given to us. The 'Taken for granted' have had enough.

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UPCOMING FIXTURES:
all times East Manchester
Su 6 May 13:30 Newcastle, St James' Park, PL
Su 13 May 15:00 QPR, The Etihad, PL





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Date:Friday May 4 2012

Time: 8:45PM

Your Comments

Ah, the grim old days. Perhaps some of our numerous detractors who accuse us of being glory hunters, ruining football and various other assorted heinous crimes could do with a reminder of just how much crap we as a set of supporters have had to put up with for the best part of 3 decades before they open their traps. No History? Bugger off, we've got plenty - it's just most of us are trying to forget!
fifthcolumnblue
Where were we when we were *****?
Johnny Baguette
come on how could we forget the Italian Leg-end That is Corradi..... HOW DID WE SIGN HIM.... AND WHY?and Samaras, too, A Greek Tragedy if Ever there was one..... GOD i was trying to forget the Pearce years.......It was like the Alan Ball years and Frank Clarke Years too, and Malcolm Allison's years the 2nd time round..... Why did you have to bring this thread to the front page? it brings back too many sad memories>>>>>>
cityman51
Excorcising the ghosts CM.
fifthcolumnblue
*shudders* Pearce tested the loyalty of many a blue, the only time our attendances have really dipped since we moved to the Etihad/COMS was at the height (depth) of his reign in charge when we averaged about 40,000 a game (still not bad though). Pearce's only legacy was capturing England's Number One!
StuMCFC
At the end of a very long day this is filed under lest we forget. And imho we shouldn't. Even if the likes of Stoke fans have with the where were you etc chants. In truth looking back, Psycho had no funding save for the borrowed 6 mill wasted on Samaras. He somehow kept us up but as fifth said in the forum, that was the Mpenza signing. Whatever happens this weekend, we ain't going back to those dark days.
Johnny Baguette
 

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