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Frank: I'll do it my Way!!

Thaksin Shinawatra has given his first interview to Sky Sports News after his takeover bid was today accepted by the City board.

Shinawatra confirmed that he has spoken to ex English boss Sven Goran Eriksson regarding the vacant manager's post but also confirmed that he was only one of a number of candidates under consideration.

He also claimed that until he had a controlling stake of 75% of the club he couldn't announce who the new manager would be. He expected to be in a position to make that announcement by early next week at the latest.

With regards the playing staff, Shinawatra confirmed that money would be made available to buy new players. Comparing buying a club and not spending on new players to buying a boat without an engine, Shinawatra hinted that as much money as is necessary would be made available to the manager.

Shinawatra took the opportunity to deny all charges that the current Thai junta have laid against him and promised to return to Thailand by the end of the year in order to clear his name.

Shinawatra also conceded that he aimed to raise Manchester City's profile in Asia by developing academies in countries such as Thailand and China. He also promised an increased effort in marketing the club to the population of Asia predicting that City could be as big as the rags and Liverpool in that region within three years.

All in all I was impressed by the Shinawatra interview. I concede that I have always supported Shinawatra's bid and am pleased to see it come to fruition. The man himself came across as intelligent and likeable, although I do accept that he hasn't risen to prominence on the back of a charm offensive alone.

He has though shown a commitment to buy the club and stuck with that commitment regardless of the attacks on his character. He showed he had some knowledge by accepting that he needs to fund the purchase of at least two forwards and two midfielders and most importantly he accepted that Manchester City was a community already in existence and one he wished to be accepted into.




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Writer: Andy Leggott Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday June 21 2007

Time: 5:48PM

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So far so good. On top of the excitement I see across the internet, I think there should also be optimism tempered with caution. The absolute priority now is the appointment of a management team and then we can line up transfers. The likes of the increasingly highly regarded and amazingly still available Pascal Feindouno of Saint Etienne must be considered. A playmaker with absolute dynamite in his boots. There is no need in my opinion to lash out unbelievable sums for the talent out there. New City must not find themselves held to ransom. I hope we will be able to publish articles along those lines within the next week.
Johnny Baguette
A 'Frank' interview to say the least!
sandgroanun
i agree totally Johnny Baguette, if they know you got it they will want it, and quite frankly you dont want to be held to ransom. He is obviously determined to buy you, despite all the problems going on, thats committment for you
pandapops
Johnny, quite agree, but we held Chelsea to ransom over SWP, and other teams are bound to do the same, it all depends on how much we want certain players. I am sure season ticket sales will go up giving us more money to play, no debt and a £63 million a year turnover, which hopefully will increase. Do you think it would be a good idea to buy back SWP or should players never go back?
Buzz Lightyear
I still think bringing back SWP could give everyone a lift, Buzz. He has gone backwards at Chelski and only recently started to show signs of a revival. But that is where he wanted to go and maybe we should move on. Sainte Etienne's Feindouno can really make things happen. I just don't want to see a Mad Kev spending frenzy.
Johnny Baguette
Yes a just spending blindly, does not work, but we do need scouts that can recognise talent, The scouts for Arsenal have discovered some real good players, hopefully we could do the same. Not sure about bring SWP back, he left saying that it would improve his England chances, which was not true and he left for the money, but with the game being such a short span of years for a footballer you should make all the money you can while you can. I am from an era when someone signed for you, it was because he wanted to play for you, these days its how much are you going to give me and their appears to very little loyalty left in the game, I just want to be able to compete and have a decent chance of ending the bogey at OT. I have seen it and believe me their is nothing better than beating them on their own ground. If you ask them what is their game of the season they will tell you liverpool, I hope we can change their minds on that one.
Buzz Lightyear
 

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