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It's Getting Silly Now!

The wonderfully ridiculous soap opera that is Manchester City Football Club continues to keep the football world amused and supporters of the club banging their heads against brick walls in frustration.

To say the KGB would be proud of the levels of secrecy and silence coming from the City boardroom does not do the City board justice.

They have taken inspiration from the 'invisible man' chant and let rumours prolifigate at an alarming rate, scaring bookmakers, amnesty international and supporters in equal measure.

Sure, the're not shy at telling you about yet another new shirt or that George Michael is coming to town, but just try and search out any snippet of information on the club's direction and your hitting a true cold war iron curtain.

Today it seems speculation has put the Shinawatra takeover back on the front foot. Several news sources are reporting that the deal is proceeding smoothly quoting Shinawatra's lawyer Noppadon Pattama.

'Everything is going smoothly,' Pattama told Reuters.

'We hope the deal will be formally concluded by early June.'

Not content with that story the press have today increased speculation that ex England manager and lothario, Sven Goran Eriksson, has done a u-turn and expressed an interest in the vacant manager's role.

Eriksson, who only last week ruled himself out of the running to succeed Pearce, has given an exclusive interview to the Manchester Evening News claiming it would be an honour to manage City.

Eriksson said: 'City is a big, big club with unbelievable support. It would be an honour for me to be manager, like it would be for all other managers. Every time I visited the club as England coach I was struck by the passion of the fans and was made to feel welcome and at home by nice people.

'They have a beautiful stadium and the possibility of a new owner and of course I would talk to them if they indicate they are interested in me becoming coach.

'City is an established Premiership club with great potential and I know they have ambitions to be challenging higher up the table.'

Responding to criticism that he may have acted in an insulting manner to the club in a previous interview, Eriksson added: 'I was asked if I'd had talks with City and I said `no' but a break in the programme and a different question made it appear I had said something different,'

So all quiet on the City front then? You bet your life not.

I understand the need for silence during takeover talks but some sort of communication from the club regarding its direction would be welcome; perhaps even just a little reassurance to calm the speculation.

What I will add is whatever anyone's opinion with regards Sven the fact that he is linked with City does point to something happening soon.

If there was serious doubts about the takeover then I would expect to see us linked with lower profile managers than Sven and Ranieri.

When you see a 'City in for Warnock' style headline then that's the time to worry.




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Writer: Andy Leggott Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday May 25 2007

Time: 12:48PM

Your Comments

who cares?
Goofle
Sven, Sven, Sven Goran Eriksson!
toffeetower
Goofle .... don't care don't read. End of.
31 years
The cleaners at Old Trafford have just been cleaning the trophy's and we are all out of cleaning fluid,so we have sent someone over to borrow some off of you lot as you wont be using any again next year.Cheers.
SweetLeftFoot
wow that was funny slf ..... you should consider a career in comedy
31 years
or genealogy ..... your jokes being that old
31 years
Sorry if there old,but i am in a good mood when reading about the plight of our close friends,City!!!
SweetLeftFoot
Personally I find being on the verge of a £100 million takeover, being linked with some of the top managers in football and having more dosh than manyoo to spend in the summer invigorating. But hey, don't let the facts get in the way of a good manyoo myth. At least you finally managed your easy six points this season .... about time for 'the worlds greatest football club' (c)
31 years
(trophy's) trophies you illiterate tosser (off of) not mancunian i would contend
Craig Cain
£100 MILLION(small change) Top Managers going to City.Wake up sunshine.And you know you'll have to change YOUR name every year for at least the next THIRTY ONE.Thats what I love about City fans,thick as pig ****!
SweetLeftFoot
Craig Cain,Don't get bitter son.One day,just maybe,one day!!!
SweetLeftFoot
your on the city board matey ..... typical obsessive rag ..... ask malcy whether £199 million is small change ...... he wants to jump ship cos your debts getting worse. Anyhows u don't need money ..... all your players are home grown cos it's only Chelsea that buy titles isn't it ...... ***** off back to you salford council estate you thick, illiterate knob
31 years
sweet left foot u are nothing more than a parody of every other rag that posts on City boards. Your obsessed with City to the point where it's eating you up. You'd love to appreciate being part of something that means so much more than winning but you have no class. IMO 31 years uses the name as a ***** take of rag obsession, it's a number that will never mean ***** all to us but everything to you. Now be a good boy and go and support your own corporate brand, but ask mum first if you can go to the community centre to use the internet.
ronin
Top postings, Ronin, Craig, 31. City obsessed sphincters are twitching at the swamp and the comedians at red tissue. Little ciddy just might be on the verge of a big cash injection. Meanwhile, the day trippers are going to have to give Malc and his multi million funded team a lift as their seat prices go up 14%. Priceless.
Johnny Baguette
HA HA HA HA HA HA YOU BLUE NOSES CRACK ME UP HA HA HA HA!!!
SweetLeftFoot
 

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