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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.

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 6 2007

Time: 4:29AM

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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
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06/07/2007 09:24:00

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
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06/07/2007 09:33:00

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
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06/07/2007 09:37:00

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
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06/07/2007 11:26:00

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
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06/07/2007 11:56:00

Good points all round fellas. All eyes on Eastlands. Anybody seen any Blue smoke?
Johnny Baguette
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06/07/2007 12:45:00

haven seen any yet bein honest wit ya ha ha
dunne deal
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06/07/2007 14:40:00

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
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06/07/2007 14:43:00

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06/07/2007 21:22:00

Maybe Defoe?
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06/07/2007 21:22:00

Dunne Deal: Hope we keep Samaras. I think with proper coaching and being played in position he has the ability to succeed. Far to often do we let the good ones go.
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06/07/2007 21:24:00

Sound thinking ronin. Won't do any harm to keep some depth in the squad and I think the lad's confidence was shattered under Pearce. We haven't really seen what he can do when confident yet. If there is to be a revolving door this month then I want to see Corradi, Dabo, Hamman and Dickov shown the door.
Johnny Baguette
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06/07/2007 21:34:00

First signing Gudjonsen ???
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06/07/2007 21:48:00

p.s....Defoe will do for me but I don't think he is a favourite of Sven's.
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06/07/2007 21:59:00

Gudjonsen - a great shout. Goals guys.
Craig Cain
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07/07/2007 12:49:00

gudjonssen is class and deserves and needs CL football which you boys will never be able to offer him in his career.
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09/07/2007 13:52:00

the only thing that is good about samaras ronin is that he is young, the way he played for us last season was not worth that money we have lost alot on him so far
dunne deal
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10/07/2007 12:30:00

dunne deal, SP paid this money and sometimes I think the fee is a burden on the player, have you seen the youtube compilation of his skills, he appears very good, but the only thing about that is, Heerenveen did not play against premier class teams and that is always a tester. I believe he has talent and with the right coach, he may well be of benefit yet.
Buzz Lightyear
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11/07/2007 15:52:00

I'll have to agree with Buzz, everyone who saw the two Samaras took against WHFC knows he has the talent, he just doesn't always fight in those games that don't serve perfectly placed passes on his foot. But if you take away the disjointed locker room of last year and the antics of SP every time you screwed a pass a little wide the kid, and he is still young, may just regain the form that we paid for. Also throw Miller in more matches, he's a gamer.
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