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State Of Emergency

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.




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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday June 12 2007

Time: 9:36AM

Your Comments

David O'Leary? DAVID O'LEARY! Bloody hell City fans. I thought you lot knew a bit about football. Come on boys. Within 6 days he would be going on about 'an honest bunch of lads' Within 6 weeks he would be describing City as 'this beloved club' and within 6 months as you scrap to escape relegation he would be harping on about lack of resources. FFS Blues for you own sake please pray you do not end up with DOL!
Pike
If O leary becomes your manager,yous will be relegated.He will send the message to everyone that avoiding relegation will be a big achievment cause of a lack of funds.In his final few weeks at Villa I think he instigated a player revolt so he could get sacked and get his big pay off.He's a w#nker.
Pking
O'Leary at the wheel of the rudderless ship just doesn't bear thinking about! Mackintosh and co are going to have to appoint somebody quickly or pre-season training in 2 weeks will be a jumpers for goalposts knockabout....
Johnny Baguette
David O'dearme... LOL
The Fear
No funds - No Manager - No Hope- Come back Psycho all is forgiven !!!
alphieblues
The Jester? I wouldn't go that far, Alphie, but yep, we are right up **** creek today! Alisdare, you've got a job on!!
Johnny Baguette
Beggars belief that serious businessmen would get into bed with the crook - an unstable liability at best.
Craig Cain
It's a shambles Craig and slowly the truth is coming out. We are in deep trouble and the desperation gets worse every day. We should all remember that Wardle and Co saw off Bernstein over the ridiculously past it Fowler signature when the brilliant Pauleta deal was all but sealed. Sure their loans have kept us in the top flight but only just as the budget has been almost zero. Right now we need to move on, drop the dithering and increasingly ropey Thai's and need action. Other than us, only Brum, Villa and Derby have not recruited yet but are all striving to bring players in. Who the hell is voting for O'Leary out there by the way!!!!!???
Johnny Baguette
Agreed JB - seems that Macintosh is preparing to go it alone - incredibly Hughes appears the in-house favourite (predictably with Davies and Simpson trailing) Talk of Ramos remains in the press - but not without a takeover surely?
Craig Cain
That'll be the villa regulars JB
Craig Cain
Was in favour of the Thai's but we need a put up or shut up 48 hours. If no money is forthcoming than resort to plan B if we have one. As the only Premiership club in need of a manager we could still attract the right candidate if the new money is made available. It's City ffs ..... we don't do normal.
ronin
Agree to all you have typed fellas. We just cannot go on treading water like this. We said this summer would be unprecedented and it certainly has been, but so far for all the wrong reasons. How we proceed from here on is anybody's guess but I'm increasingly in favour of shelving all takeover talk for the summer and starting somehow from scratch. I don't see any other way of preparing for a new season. If one more week without a signing or a management team goes by, we will lose yet more ground. Should we go down that road then of course I'm discounting top managers and top players. Reality bites, but I cannot understand how we are not in healthier shape as a club after staying in the top flight for a few years.
Johnny Baguette
 

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