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A month is a long time in Football and surely there has never been a more seismic summer than this one in the history of Manchester City Football Club. Following that abysmal last season, myself and many Blues worldwide are absolutely buzzing about the upcoming campaign.

SGE is as shrewd and respectable a gaffer as they come and I like the cool, calm way he operates. He has set about the task of rebuilding our squad with gusto backed by Chairman Frank who has been true to his word in funding an unprecedented MCFC recruitment drive. There are not many teams in the Premier League who have made the majority of their signings with the accent upon youth and Svennis should be applauded for that. We have seen enough ageing mercenaries at City to last a lifetime! Clearly, the team are in better hands than they were last May.

I am hoping that the momentum of optimism surrounding the club that we have now will steamroller it's way on to the pitch at Upton Park tomorrow and that we get off to an absolute flyer. However, we must not, and cannot expect too much too soon. Sports hacks in the 'Street of Shame' will of course be sharpening their pencils in the hope that we get stuffed.

The most obvious area of concern will be the team's initial lack of knowledge of each other which means increased responsibility for Dunney and the likes of Richards, Johnson and especially Mpenza who I would like to see leading the line in London. Some sort of continuity will be paramount, especially as I see the absence of Champions League Distin a little uncomfortable. Then it will be a case of getting the squad to gel together as quickly as possible and that will take time. Remember, AC Milan wasn't built in a month.

Am I alone in bemoaning that the clash with the rags has come so early in this new era? That said, it could go either way and if the Blue Massive get right behind the team from the outset and get them fired up, who knows, or dares to dream?

Talking of getting fired right up, our midsummer music to march out to poll revealed that the majority of our Vital visitors would like to see 'Ace of Spades' by Motorhead hit the tannoys when Derby County come to town. So saddle up your Harley Davidson's Blues and get ready to do a ton down the wrong way as the rollercoaster kick starts!


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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 10 2007

Time: 2:13PM

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Are you optimistic with Eriksson in charge or are you worried because you have never heard of any of his signings?
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10/08/2007 19:02:00

every signing is an international ...... a slight knowledge of International football would confirm that to you. Two Brazilians .... one a current midfielder who starred in copa america ..... A Croatian who played in the team that outclassed Ingerland .... two Bulgarians one who appeared in Serie A at 15 years, the other signed from Atletico Madrid ..... An Italian U21 who netted 18 in Serie A last season ..... A swiss U21 and a Spanish u21. My only concern is he couldn't bring them in until late in the day. They may take a month to gel.
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10/08/2007 19:53:00

Not a bit worried DAZZA nobody had heard of the likes of Drogba Makelele, Van Persie, Reyes, etc when they will sure know most of the City signings come the end of the season...
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10/08/2007 20:46:00

Well, it has been an interesting summer, I wish I could say that we will be off to a flyer and Svennis is confident that he has a good bunch of new city players for us to hoo and Haa at and I hope at 4.55pm today I will have a big grin on my face, but I am nervous so give it your best City that all we can ask.
Buzz Lightyear
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11/08/2007 10:29:00

I suggest The Hammers will be similarly nervous, Buzz! Right now I am more bothered about Taggarts snidey comments over City's signings and not being able to see success. Stunning considering the money he has lashed out down the years including many failed signatures.
Johnny Baguette
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11/08/2007 12:34:00

JB, I am not surprised at Taggarts comments, he was not going to say City now have a good team, I just hope they rub his big red nose in it at the Derby.
Buzz Lightyear
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11/08/2007 13:20:00

The picture is a little clearer saturday evening, dazza. Looks like these lads can play football. And they get stuck in.
Johnny Baguette
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11/08/2007 16:58:00


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