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Day of IndeSvendance

Day of IndeSvendance

Sven-Goran Eriksson has got a job on. Wednesday's quasi-tragic images of what is left of City's disjointed senior squad at Carrington set alarm bells off all over the Blue World, nevermind the watching SGE.

So here we are in July 2007 and whether any Blue likes it or not, Doctor Thaksin Shinawatra is all set to be Manchester City FC's new owner and Sven-Goran Eriksson our new manager. Our latest poll told us that 75% of our Vital visitors sense that Frank could be the man to end the 30-ish years.

It's been an agonising, divisive and soul searching summer so far for us all and I know it will be a relief getting back to talking football, although we know that much of the baggage that our club's takeover brings with it is sure to follow us long into the new season. Results and performances are the two factors that will see the storm clouds lifted, if not pushed aside for a time. Developments in other countries, financial or political will be of no concern when the first whistle blows at Upton Park next month and the first tackle goes in.

So, valid, honest questions and the why's and wherefores about the sale of our club pushed to the back of the agenda for now, as modsters Secret Affair once belted out on Top of The Pops: 'This is the time for action.'

Our senior squad is effectively down to it's bare bones and there can't be many football managers that would take on a situation like the one our squad finds itself in only a month before a new season starts. What a challenge for the vastly experienced Eriksson and his team.

It doesn't matter what you spend or who you bring in to begin to rectify the gaping holes in the team. Building a team spirit and a collective understanding between the new and existing players will take time. This is why we must not expect too much too soon.

A degree of continuity is key and I am delighted that our Blue blooded leader Richard Dunne will remain our captain. There is no doubt he could have moved on this summer for more money as his brilliant performances for City attracted other clubs, but he has chosen to stay and that is one of the biggest boosts we have received during the recent upheaval.

We also have willing, experienced players such as Isaksson, Mpenza, Vassell, Sun and Ball ready to support Dunne as he blends with the new signings.

Richards, Johnson, Onouha, Ireland, Sturridge, Evans and Miller are all MCFC Academy graduates who I have no doubt will impress SGE with their exciting potential. These lads must be played and heavily involved in the development of the new City team. They know what being a Blue is all about and what it means to be a part of Manchester City. They became our team's heartbeat as many senior mercenaries brought in by Stuart Pearce and the City board let us all down so badly. (Taxi's at the ready where that lot are concerned)

It's going to be fascinating to see how the players that remain react to new tactics and a new coaching approach from an experienced management team. How they cope without being screamed at over every touch of the ball when out on the park will be one of the first challenges they have to contend with!

If the last two months have been unprecedented in our history, then the next one could be potentially seismic.

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Friday July 6 2007
Time: 4:29AM

Comments

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JB, brilliant article, one thing for certain, you cannot say we had a boring summer, just full to the brim of frustration speculation ups and downs and disinformation from everywhere. I hope this not happen too often, not good for the heart at my age. It is a good point about Sp dancing up and down the Technical Area, I am sure it takes away the concentration of the players if they are looking to the manager each time they get the ball. Everyone knows what we missed last season and that was goals, the defence was sound and the only thing missing was a finisher, I am sure if Mpenza had played all season, we would not have been in the position that we found ourselves at the end.
Buzz Lightyear
06/07/2007 09:24:00
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I agree with you regarding the academy players but my concerns are that I would like to see Sturridge, Miller, Ethuhu and Ched Evans go out on loan, they will come back with more experience and will benefit this club in the long run. My other concern is the fitness of Empenza. I will miss Distin, but he is replaceable and there are defenders out there just as good if not better. I do not think we will miss Barton. We just need to find a Colin Bell or an Ali B. a couple of strikers who can hit the back of the net. I hope something happens today.
Buzz Lightyear
06/07/2007 09:33:00
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I forgot to say, that I am sure Frank will want SGE to sign some asian players, it makes sense if you want the club to be commercially successful.
Buzz Lightyear
06/07/2007 09:37:00
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i personally think if we were to get rid of players this summer i though it wud have been Samaras and Corradi they were the biggest waste of money we have ever spent. And some of the Asian players r pretty good if u ask me
dunne deal
06/07/2007 11:26:00
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Could never comprehend SP's touchline high-school micro-management - had to be detrimental. It must strip the players of any initiative and autonomy. If they were not executing the tactics to a man continually - then there was clearly something wrong with tactics or their instruction in the first place. You only see the top coaches intervene when its necessary. If this guy can keep his dick in his pants and his mouth shut - I'll give him a go
Craig Cain
06/07/2007 11:56:00
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Good points all round fellas. All eyes on Eastlands. Anybody seen any Blue smoke?
Johnny Baguette
06/07/2007 12:45:00
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haven seen any yet bein honest wit ya ha ha
dunne deal
06/07/2007 14:40:00
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I just hope that that our younger fans get as much success as I have witnessed over the years. The one thing about City supporters, they may moan and groan, but we are still here. Now we Can talk football. Who will be the first signing?
Buzz Lightyear
06/07/2007 14:43:00
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Riquelme?
ronin
06/07/2007 21:22:00
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Maybe Defoe?
ronin
06/07/2007 21:22:00
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