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Even though Ben Thatcher's questionable contribution to Manchester City has ended, there will be a lot of us nervously eyeing the news pages amid headlines shrieking that our best players are about to jump ship. However, quite how the Grauniad for example, makes a link with Thatcher's departure heralding 'an exodus of our finest players' is beyond me.

Confirmation of our loan acquisition of French second division side Ajaccio's inexperienced midfielder Djamel Abdoun leaves me bemused. I haven't read any rave reviews about the lad in France Football and don't see why a club with an Academy including the likes of Daniel Sturridge needs to bring in a 20 yr old from France.

As a second clear out under SP appears to be underway at MCFC, we need to strengthen the senior squad sharpish.

This begs an important question. Certainly, failure again to bring in some proven top quality will underline exactly where MCFC stands in the Premier League. Seemingly staying up, above all else for the Sky money is the priority message from the board. Increasingly, I am forming the opinion that Stuart Pearce is being asked to perform miracles. He apparantly travels a lot to watch games. He also relentlessly telephones clubs according to reports this morning. So who's running City's scouting network, then? I remember Mad Kev bringing in former Northampton Town supremo Graham Carr from Spurs a few years back, but I haven't heard his name mentioned again. I think we should be told how and where our scouting network operates and under whose leadership.


Writer: Johnny Baguette




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Date:Friday January 12 2007

Time: 6:53PM

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As a non city-fan are my assumptions correct. a) City have for 20+ years had one of THE best academies going? b) Over this time period City must have made a substantial profit running the academy? c) Like many Prem clubs City currently exist to stay in the Prem only? d) City will continue to pump out talent and sell this on until such time as their quite steep debts are cleared. e) A brighter future may be 5+ years dpown the line and until then Prem survival first - anything else an (unexpected) bones?
Pike
Thanks indeed for your feedback. Always welcome, whoever you support! MCFC 2007 are paying the price for the appalling spending post David Bernstein as chairman. This has meant SP has had to rely heavily on our brilliant Academy to stabilise the squad. This is as important a season as I can remember in the fact that we must maintain our top flight status AND hold on to players who have become our future. It would be an absolute tragedy for City's new found resilience under SP post the Keegan era clear out to be undermined by big money departures no matter how much this would satisfy the bank. Everything is in place for City to take off, but the almost permanent silence from the boardroom concerns me.
Johnny Baguette
The board are saying nothing. The SWP transfer and lack of reinvestment spoke volumes. Considering we didn't need to sell the player it's surprising (or not) that next to nothing of that money has been spent. Apparently without the SWP money we'd have been operating at a 10 million plus loss again last year. It doesn't add up.
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