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Grab Curbishly Quick !

For the second consecutive season, City have embarrassingly crashed out of the Carling Cup at an early stage to lower league opposition. Last year it was Doncaster, and last night we went down 2-1 to Chesterfield at Saltergate despite having taken the lead in the game. Take nothing away from Chesterfield, they played their hearts out and deserved it.

Pearce has already accepted responsibility for last night's defeat and the overall slump at the Club, but it's hard to see a way out at the moment. The stark facts are that the combination of tactics, team selection and on-pitch performances are not delivering. It's not just the managers fault; the responsibility is collective and therefore shared by the players and Board

Despite everything Psycho is still a bit of a cult hero at Eastlands and most Blues would like to see him stay and succeed. However, we forget that he is still a relatively inexperienced manager and City should now grab Alan Curbishly to support Pearce and take some of the pressure off him. Reports of Psycho suffering chest pains is not good news and should be sounding alarm bells.

Curbs is the last manager with a good track record in the Premiership that is currently available, although he's also the favourite now to take over at Leeds. City need to move quick and bring his invaluable managerial experience to the club before we wind up in a relegation fight we will not be able to escape from. Just look at what O'Neill has done to Villa. They are an unrecognisable team from last season despte being pretty much the same set of players. We need that ' O'Neill ' effect at City and Curbs is the only option that is available at the moment.

Whether Psycho would accept such an appointment is debatable, although you might suspect he would want to be his own man and in sole control. However, clearly there is a big problem at the club at the moment and somewhere along the line decisive action needs to be taken.

Mr Wardle - get Curbishly now !

Psycho - Stay and work with a guy who you can learn from

Players - Let's have a lot more passion and application before it's too late - your manager deserves it !

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Date:Thursday September 21 2006

Time: 7:57AM

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What a funny old game it is. It was only about six months ago that Pearce was being touted as the next England manager
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21/09/2006 08:10:00

ballesque 1. circa 1996 Comically exaggerated football management skills. One with repeated World Cup experience ad nauseum, full of enthusiasm and who talks a good game, but is tactically bereft of ideas and surrounds himself with cronies. 2. To lose the dressing room. 3. see also The Wigley Effect.
Johnny Baguette
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21/09/2006 08:15:00

We weren't saying this after his first thirteen games in charge. What has Curbishley really achieved ? I say stick with Psycho things will come good.
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21/09/2006 10:34:00

Pearce WILL turn this round but it won't be pretty. Wardle and Macintosh decided to risk City's Premiership status by refusing to make transfer funds available to the manager. This is a poor business decision considering our abysmal second half of last season. I'm struggling to see what Mr Macintosh brings to the club - it certainly isn't investors. Have we learned NOTHING from the mistakes of Swales era?
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21/09/2006 10:38:00

6 million for Samaras as opposed to 7 million for Ashton or 8 million for Johnson. Could the club really afford to splash all their money on potential ....... down to the manager. Alphie his first 13 games with Keegan's team have long since gone ...... judge him with HIS team in the last 13 games or even since last Xmas. Relegation form.
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21/09/2006 10:53:00

Hey RONIN Samaras will prove to be one of the club's best signings in recent years.
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24/09/2006 11:11:00


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