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Say Yes to Ranson!

Ray Ranson has dominated the City headlines for the past couple of days, but my hopes of his proposed takeover were quickly quashed by Manchester City Announcing they have problems with his 'indicative proposals'.

'Ray Ranson`s indicative proposals to date have contained a number of material conditions that the board do not believe can be fulfilled and this has been communicated to Ray Ranson`s advisers,' read the statement.

To me Manchester City seem to keen to follow in the footsteps of their neighbours and other premiership teams in a bid for a foreign investor. However I am positive that Ranson`s Bid would be the best for the club. I am not the only one to think this would be a good move for the club. The Manchester City Supporters Trust has aired their views on Ranson`s plans for City, describing them as "interesting".

Ranson`s bid would produce around 90 million pounds according to reports, which would write off debts from current chairman John Wardle, and still leave the City Manager with around 20 million pounds to spend on strengthening the squad in the summer. Ranson has declared his ambition in taking the club to the next level, both off and on the pitch.

"City has huge potential on and off the pitch. I believe I am in a unique position to drive that forward having played the game at the top level and then never left it"

Ranson is believed to be competing with former Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, plus an American consortium, in the battle to take over at City.

However Shinawatra is still only rumoured to be considering a bid, while the Americans` offer is likely to involve the purchase of a 29% stake, rather than the total buy-out to which Ranson is committed.

In my opinion Manchester City should stay in British hands. As Ranson is a former Manchester City player, I fail to see why Ranson is only an outsider in the battle for the club. He has the money needed to take the Club further, and with his mysterious financial backer who is also based in Britain helping him along the way. I believe the only way is to Accept Ranson`s Bid. John Wardle has been a very steady rock in City`s rocky past years; however the time has come to pass the baton on to another British hand. Say yes to Ray Ranson.




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Date:Wednesday April 25 2007

Time: 6:36PM

Your Comments

another team go foriegn
EvertonMike
Some very valid points in there Aaaron. Admirable stuff wanting to keep MCFC in British hands. Which supporter of any club would want it any different? The trouble is that the Prem is now dominated by foreign money and foreign players. In order to compete at the top level big money is required as the rags and Cheslki will testify. Unless the desire of the great Michel Platini to restrict each top flight team to 5 foreign players on the same team is realised that will never change. Why do I get the feeling that the City board would sell to the highest bidder? Modern society itself suggests they will. If an enormous takeover was to come it would certainly generate the ability to bring in top players and big crowds, but what would that do to the Academy? A Glazer or Abramovich would expect immediate results. Then again, I like Ranson's Academy views but would we continue to risk becoming a feeder club for the money bags sides? Would a foreign investor with no history or background in English football stay with their club forever or move on? One things for sure for our club to keep up our relative Premiership stability we need new owners NOW in order to hold on to the likes of Distin who deserves to play for France and in the Champions League. Above all this lies an important question. Would you give 20 mill to Stuart Pearce? Another Samaras and Corradi would leave 12 mill to spend. I still sense an amicable departure to the Football Association remains on the cards.
Johnny Baguette
Word on the street in Reddish is bye, bye Mr Pearce. Word on th e lips of the less sober of Reddish is hello Billy Davies. My feeling is Ranson's consortium has not got the mega bucks needed in tomorrows Premiership.
cropped
Many well expressed points Aaron. But my concern is not that City remain in British hands, but that it should remain in safe hands. The City Board's questioning of the soundness and viability of the Ranson bid bears out my personal feeling that the bid smacks of wheeling and dealing. That's not the kind of Manchester City that I want. I want City run in the 21st C by a big hitter someone who really has 92 million and much more in his own bank account, and is willing and ready to spend it.
Clear Sky
The thing is if the owner of CSKAhelsea had bought Man City and you as a club were competing for a four trophy sweep like CSKAhelsea would you give a ***** if the owner was American, British or any other nomination....... Neither would I.
col8
The word above was t0ss nothing worse than that.
col8
Clear Sky ..... the alternative to the Ranson bid appears to be a Yank bid that is not a complete takeover. It appears to be little more than a purchase of Wardle and Makin's shares and some investment whjile keeping the current clowns running things. I'll take the Ranson takeover above that.
31 years
I don't think Ranson has the financial muscle to take the Club to the next level. Remember what happened the last time an ex-player took over !!!
alphieblues
F H Lee started moving the club forward after the prior occupant had all but bankrupted the club (sounds familiar). His improvement of merchandising, establishment of the academy and movement out of the Swales era are all to be applauded. Where he obviously messed up was in his choice of managers. Ball (rip) was useless as were Clark and Coppell. To be fair however Clark had a decent track record prior to City and Coppell has had since. This club just can't choose a manager as the present occupant prooves. Ranson is only the front man for the bigger money (he is certainly not providing all 92 million). However if you want proof of his business acumen look at the success he has made of prozone. He also adds some much needed footballing knowledge.
31 years
What is the value of Prozone ?
alphieblues
I'd like to think Ranson's bid is solid, legit and capable of putting this club back where we belong -we should be routinely competing in Europe and for domestic honours - an absolute joke to see the likes of Bolton, Reading and Portsmouth outsripping us. Its also good to see a former long-time servant of the club getting involved, it hasn't happened often enough for me of late, and has contributed in some part to the ridiculous instability we have witnessed in recent years. SP must go.
Craig Cain
 

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