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Should he stay or should he go?

Stuart Pearce: 'With the scenario we have in the summer, it is absolutely vital that the Football Association put someone in place on a full-time basis.

'For what it's worth, I think it's a full-time post and a post that should be very coveted.'

Reading between the lines, should we interpret this as a come and get me plea from SP to the FA where he certainly has his admirers?

Whether you are on the MCFC board, are a player or a City fan, you have to ask yourself where are the quotes from our manager that commit to his long term objectives with us at Manchester City? What signals is he sending out to us all?

I suggest that SP has already begun to cement his polite exit from our club. I would go further to recommend the board get a grip sooner rather than later of this whole debacle before we get left up the creek. Dictate the future. He's either with us or he's not. You can't have this both ways. The Manchester City manager's position should be respected as a responsibility that requires total focus. I do not see any of the Premiership managers whose teams have already secured their status for next season taking on second jobs.

Many of the Blues I spoke to last weekend were debating who City could turn to should it be finally admitted that SP's ambitions lie with the FA.

I would look abroad for a respected, experienced tactician who can mould our team into an exciting outfit in England and in Europe. Everything should be in place at Manchester City for the club to take off but we are stagnating and the fans are increasingly saying enough is enough. We all need a lift.

So, I ask the board to redirect that hefty wage bill towards the manager's position and go for the likes of Claudio Ranieri or better still Luiz Felipe Scolari, a man who relishes a challenge and would one day like to manage in England.

A proven leader like 'Big Phil' leading City out against the likes of Taggart...I think it can be done.








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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 6 2007

Time: 12:37PM

Your Comments

Pearce will remain in post until the end of the season now. I cannot see the team pulling up trees between now and the end of the season to make his position safe. Anything lower than tenth in this league should really be seen as a failure and further evidence of the lack of progress made in SP's 2 season's in charge. I would still tout Paul Simpson for the post, purely because he has come up through the ranks, had the dirty lower league education that so many top flight managers miss out on these days and now looks ready to manage at the top level.
mcfcandy
Anything can happen at City, Andy! I wouldn't mind betting that Simmo makes the Prem with PNE anyway!! We are certainly treading water under SP and Wigley. The natives are restless, that's for sure. I'm already predicting we'll play with one up front at Pompey. We certainly will at the likes of Arsenal. Damage limitation. A couple more defeats and it could really kick off. Something has got to give. We cannot stumble on as we are.
Johnny Baguette
He's right. If we want the youth team to produce players capable of progressing into the 1st team and making it a force to be reckoned with then he needs to be able to concentrate on that team only. If he spreads himself to thin it would be detrimental to both the youth team and yourselves.
bmb
Let him go for the good of England top bloke
ccfcks
 

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