Writer: Johnny Baguette
Date:Tuesday June 12 2007
We sensed increasingly that something had to give and it did. Frank's assets in Thailand are frozen as was questioned on this and other City sites and pending continuing investigation, his bid to buy Manchester City must surely now be knacked.
You don't need to be a mathematical genius to work out that he might be able to still buy the club at a stretch but long term funding and stability would be in serious doubt. Again, a stake in the club remains a possibility, but Thaksin now faces an arduous legal battle to obtain access to those funds and Christ knows what other baggage will surface. Are the Manchester City Football Club board prepared to take this all with us into a new season for which we are already hopelessly unprepared?
The truth will out and if reports this morning are to be believed, the City board are already activating the er, 'Plan B' we desperately hoped they had ready for this eventuality. While names linked to City such as Ramos, Koeman and Eriksson fade into Jewell, Davies and God forbid Strachan, you find yourself asking were there ever any mystery American investors at the table, and will the board now go cap in hand to Ray Ranson?
If the board are daring to visit City fan's sites for feedback this morning, if it's of any help, our 'Takeover Falls Through Doomsday Scenario: Next City Manager' poll had City Academy guru Jim Cassell as the front runner for some time, until a late burst for one David O'Leary sees him now installed as favourite with 32% of the current vote. That would tie in neatly with the Lids United style shifting into the sea fears many of us now hold.
It's worth noting too that Paul Jewell, a man rumoured to be on City's 'B list' has so far only received 5% of the votes.
Frankly(sic), this whole saga has become absolutely embarrassing.
Date:Tuesday June 12 2007
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