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Everybody's Happy Nowadays

Back to work at last Blues. There is relief in the air now that those dazzling new sky blue shirts have finally seen some action after er, a quite Frankly agonising two months.

There is room for cautious optimism as July continues. Following City's steady win at Doncaster's media swamped Keepmoat Stadium, the long awaited friendly fixtures continue with Swedes, Shrews and Spaniards on the agenda. I am pleased to see that the squad will not be flying halfway around the world before the Upton Park opener but I sense that will change in the summers to come...

...and what of the squad? Well, SGE will know only too well that it is wafer thin and to his credit he has given the remains of The Stuart Pearce Collective a run out alongside our Academy graduates. It could be that with the the new season starting inside one month, not many more personnel will be shown the door in an effort to bolster the ranks and guard some sort of depth and cover. We shall see whether some of our infamous mercenaries are given a clean slate or a bevvy in the last chance Blue Moon saloon. The fact that SGE doubled the training after his first assessment of the squad was the action of a manager who means business.

Alongside his positive view of the MCFC Academy, Svennis has openly put the accent on youth potential for his first two signings. Rolando Bianchi has bagged a few in Italy which is no mean feat and the promising Swiss Under 21 skipper Gelson Fernandes is destined for a midfield holding role. These moves will be greatly appreciated by a City faithful fed up to the back teeth with barrel scraping journeymen but a couple of level headed schemers would not go amiss...

...and the accent appears to be on a level headed approach under SGE. He exudes a shrewd calm and confidence that we haven't seen since David Bernstein's ship stabilising interviews through the dark years. The contrast with Taggart's smouldering fury will be interesting to witness next month.

So, following the completion of the management team, the rebuilding continues and it will not be an easy task. My current list of media linked signings this summer is going into orbit so I dread to think how many names those agents are circulating!

So far so good and let's keep the steady as we go momentum rolling.

** Many thanks for your votes on our Goalkeeper poll following Nicky Weaver's departure. The final count indicated that support for staying with an Isaksson-Hart-Schmeichel line up as opposed to bringing in a new 'keeper just shaded it by the odd percent.**

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday July 15 2007

Time: 4:21AM

Your Comments

I think under Sven everyone will get a fair crack of the whip before wielding the axe. It could be that one or two under achievers will begin to blossom under the new Manager.
Too right Alphie. He is too shrewd a manager not to give a chance to those on the fringe. Anyone go yesterday? Full house or near enough wasn't it?
Aston Smithy
I think there was about 5,000 of the Press and Media swelling the crowd !!!
1-0 down at half time and Doncaster made a lot of changes second half!
Can anyone who was at the game give a bit of a personal account of the game? What you saw that piqued your interest, anything different, etc...I know that by saying 'anything different' that would lead to someone typing 'yeah we scored' but you know what I mean, thanks in advance.
BlueCanadian, the offical website has a match report, if thats any interest to you?
Buzz Lightyear
how long a honeymoon period has sven got? he needs time and patience - commodities normally in short supply in english football as well he already knows.
We have a lot of patience Dales dad, it comes with being a blue.
Buzz Lightyear
Giuly, Motta, Defoe still heavily linked, fellas. I'd take any of them. Need for creativity still paramount and we might need another playmaker if Giuly signed unless Stevie Ireland is to step it up to another level. In other rumours, I still say Crouch has the best feet on a tall man since Quinny, but no way is he worth 20 mill.
Johnny Baguette
JB, you and I know Svennis is no fool and would not buy Crouch for that kind of money. He could get two decent wingers and maybe a midfileder for the same amount. I am sure if he did get a left and right who could deliver the ball into the middle, Corradi, would benefit most, instead of tracking back each match to try and get the ball up front. I am sure as well that SGE realises that too plus a defender (left sided).
Buzz Lightyear
Good points. I think Corradi could be offski. Quotes in the Italian press have been attributed to him around the Donny game which said he wanted to move to Lazio. If he said that after the friendly then we have absolutely no need for him and he can do one. The jury remains out until that time. I'm expecting a signing per week from here on in. Good to be talking football and not politics.
Johnny Baguette
Yeah I did check out the mcfc website but was hoping for some first hand reports to flesh it out, as well all know the official site is still the one that after Jordan got rounded last year, gave up on the play and watched as the other team scored with no seeming emotion would still type something like "Jordan covered well all game but was beat by a touch of individual brilliance' or something like that...thanks though.
Jb, I am expecting two a week, August not that far off. Suspect Corradis agent stirring the waters to see what happens, the only trouble for Corradi is, whilst we may be willing to sell him, with the abysmal showing last season, would you buy him? No so he needs to show his stuff good style before anyone takes an interest.
Buzz Lightyear
Absolutely Buzz. That said, I won't be best pleased to see Corradi suddenly giving it full tilt effort to get away. This is now a very important month and we need to strive for a winning culture. Hammers away is a difficult starter but what a lift a sound pre-season and a win there would give us all. Still, early doors and the ship has to remain steady.
Johnny Baguette
JB, Still think that SGE has only seen them in action once, probably the amount of times SP did with most of hhis buys. He still needs to know who's who and their capabilities, but seems to be asking Faz 'Top Scout and talent spotter' akerly, would rather ask Kenny Jacket, who has seen most of them play under his care and would probably know more. Anyone know what Fazakerleys job is?
Buzz Lightyear
Martin Petrov, pacey left winger with an aggressive approach and fierce shot, apparently, according to rumours, hearsay and all that, locked in talks with you know blue. A BLOODY LEFT WINGER.YES!!
Buzz Lightyear
Sorry about that, I meant to say a proper footballing, bloody left winger who can shoot! Yes Yes Yes!!!!!
Buzz Lightyear
Well, what I have discovered is that, do not believe anything about City in the papers and on websites until it is done and dusted. One thing about City now is someone has plugged the leaks.
Buzz Lightyear
scoreing goals whats that ?
Darren B
about time we have found someone who can actually score goals how long has it taken us, hopefully he can do it in the premiership now aswell
dunne deal
Shaun Goater said it took ten games to get used to a striking partner, SP swapped and changed so often and played men out of position, its a wonder we scored at all. I just do not know who you would pair with who. Mpenza looks sharp and is left footed, Corradi has his confidence back even though they were tap ins, but they all seem happier, is it because Barton has gone or is it SGE's style of management, brings out the best in players.
Buzz Lightyear
SP's micro-management was high school. Barton malevolent. Still on honeymoon.
Craig Cain
Get the flags out...City have hit three!

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