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Thai Money would be Welcome

I`m finding it hard to comprehend some City supporter`s of late. After a season of calling for the chairman to up sticks and go there now appears to be a growing consensus that are unhappy at his choice of who to sell the club to.

These doubts are seemingly built on a non too subtle political article delivered in the sports pages of the Guardian and the musings of an unelected military government in Thailand.

I am sure that Thaksin Shinawatra has resorted to all manner of unethical dealings in order to build his personal fortune, probably just like Roman Abramovich, the Glazers and all of the other billionaires now involved in English football have.

Does that stop supporters of those clubs embracing the new money? Certainly at Chelsea it doesn`t. United`s support offered resistance but post Glazer the club are still selling out an increased capacity week in week out. West Ham, Villa and Liverpool have all embraced the money that will undoubtedly have had its roots in some third world sweat shop.

In a world dominated by capitalism the Premiership is growing into one of the world`s largest brands, hence why it is now attracting some of the world`s leading capitalists. If there is a buck to be made you can be sure these people will sniff it out, just as you can be sure that when the bubble bursts they will be the first out of the country.

Personally I would rather see Manchester City stay in the hands of English businessmen but not if they are to jeopardise the club to the extent that all of the other English businessmen have in previous years.

The club, if reports are to be believed, is losing between twelve and fifteen million pounds sterling a year. They cannot continue to compete with the Readings, Boltons and Portsmouths of this division let alone the top four. Under the present regime that can only end in one thing; long term relegation from the top flight.

Some may prefer that option, certainly the experience outdoes the Premiership every time, but I want Manchester City to be successful. If that means embracing foreign money then so be it.

If Shinawatra is as guilty of all that is said and written about him then let the British Government restrict his business dealings. In the meantime if he wants to throw his money at an ailing but still great football club then Manchester City should be that club.

At least that would give us a chance before the Premiership bubble finally does burst and the money men jump ship.



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Writer:Andy Leggott
Date:Wednesday May 23 2007
Time: 1:58PM

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If we do not get big money in from somewhere, Manchester City is a fecked club. Alledged crooked millions saved Chelsea, likewise alledgedly serious dodgy deals have boosted the rags. Both continue to buy trophies with success. The other takeovers all have ropey finance behind them. I take one look at where we are and where we will be without finance and I will now accept anyone's money. I really believe the club is in such a desperate state. Our fastest and most athletic player has gone to Portsmouth. A surefire message to all Blues that we have to Take The Money and Run as the great Woody Allen once wrote. I am for taking Shinawatra's money and giving all City fans the management leadership, entertainment and excitement that we deserve.
Johnny Baguette
23/05/2007 17:17:00
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Liverpool and Fulham have been to the mad-mad world of Shinawatra before us and both were made to look foolish. Well it's all petering out for City now, and we should be thankful. Let's get real, he's on a another attention seeking ego trip, and who really wants a Chairman with the form he's got. If anyone runs with the money it will be Shinawatra. And good riddance to Distin, he double crossed Newcastle before he joined City. Now in turn he's double crossed City and in the bargain he's slagging us off on TV. Don't worry, the money will come to City as soon as the Super Casino is approved by the House of Lords. Clear Sky
Clear Sky
23/05/2007 18:03:00
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Distin didn't slag us off he spoke the TRUTH if the Club has any ambitions why sell off the best players... he has said what we all think.
alphieblues
23/05/2007 23:49:00
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Not just about the personal accumulation of (agreed) unethical wealth- it's about the misappropriation of government, corruption, brutality, human rights abuses (inc muslims). This club will be seen to have sold it's soul if we entertain this ********.
Craig Cain
24/05/2007 11:45:00
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"I am for taking Shinawatra's money and giving all City fans the management leadership, entertainment and excitement that we deserve". Your a damn fool.
Craig Cain
24/05/2007 11:48:00
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The desperate state our club now finds itself in is cause for concern. Other clubs are already strengthening in preparation for what will be a more closely fought season for the teams outside the top four. MCFC meanwhile, is treading water. All Blues have been calling for investment for two seasons. Now some of them don't like what happens when the door and books are opened. The board have effectively put the club up for sale - To the highest bidder? Outside of Ranson's post Aston Villa bid and the alledged American hedge fund group's interest it is clear that the City board would accept a bid from Thaksin. IF it comes in. The baggage Thaksin brings with him is certainly cause for concern and a number of Blues, nowhere near the majority at this stage are against his money effectively saving City from almost certain relegation next season should there be no takeover. I may well be a "damn fool," but I don't want to see City nosedive down amongst the deadmen again. Right now I am stunned that Thaksin has not been tried for the crimes you have detailed and that he is allowed to live in London.
Johnny Baguette
24/05/2007 12:53:00
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'it's about the misappropriation of government, corruption, brutality, human rights abuses (inc muslims).' With all due respect those charges could (and have) be levelled at Blair and Bush yet they were both re-elected by their populace (a novelty Thailand no longer shares). Why is it assumed that we are so morally superior in the west?
31 years
24/05/2007 13:26:00
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Enough about politics for me anyway. Manchester City FC is for sale. Who are we to block its sale to the highest bidder when he is acting within the laws of this country?
31 years
24/05/2007 13:29:00
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Is the Club waiting for a takeover before appointing a manager ? As you say all the other clubs a busying themselves strengthening for next season. What are we doing ? ...Absolutely sod all...It is time the board took their finger out and appoint a manager, surely they must have had somebody in mind when they sacked SP. If they didn't then it is another example of their total lack of expertise at running a football club.
alphieblues
24/05/2007 13:44:00
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31: Aint useful or accurate to speciously bracket Blair, Bush and Shinawatra. Certainly doesn't develop this discussion. As you said, enough of your politics. Yes - we should care who owns this club. We should have standards and we should assert them. I want a board that will conduct the club's business professionally and with integrity. What sort of stability (never mind integrity) would this bid bring to the club anyway?
Craig Cain
24/05/2007 14:42:00
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