Thursday, June 21, 2007

Manchester City in double whammy

Not only are Manchester City potentially going to be owned by the former prime minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra but it has been confirmed he’s met with former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson about becoming the clubs manager.

Not only are City going to potentially be owned by a man with a less than stellar record in government, with more than a few allegations of corruption, but they will get a manager whose record with English players is weak and ability to take a struggling team and turn them around in England untested. Consider how close City were to the relegation zone and I would consider this a worrying sign.

Consider also that Shinawatra seems to think that Eriksson is an ideal candidate. That right there would worry me more than anything. A bad coach is one thing, but an owner, entrenched, making bad decision after bad decision is totally another.

Shinawatra offered 81.6m pounds for City on Thursday.

Shinawatra still has to pass the Premier League's standard of a "fit and proper person" before being able to complete the proposed takeover. Nothing a bribe can’t solve, eh?

Prosecutors in Thailand have recently filed corruption charges against the former Prime Minister. He’s had his bank accounts frozen. Surely this isn’t the right thing for City or the Premiership.

City fans should not be taken in by dangling some new signings or a lot of promises in your face.



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Anonymous Anonymous said...

In this country, a man is innocent until proven guilty. Dr Shinawatra claims that he is totally innocent of all allegations which were brought by the military dictatorship to discredit him & he plans to return to Thailand later in the year after the democratic election to clear his name. He has nothing at all on his record to fail the fit & proper persons test.
On the subject of Sven: there are very few coaches in the world that have won championships in 3 separate countries. He was offered jobs by both Chelsea & Man Utd. He cannot have become a bad coach overnight.

6/21/2007 11:20 PM  
Anonymous bluevalentine said...

Negativity, bias and distortion. Are you Heidi Pickup in disguise?
'Frank' was the first elected PM of Thailand. If you talk to people who work and live there he did a deal of good, improved the economy and set his face against drug dealing and prostitution. Okay so he was 'cute' in his financial dealing but that's the norm in the Far East, you can't compare these places with western democracies. He was bunged out by a military junta, who still rule. And he hasn't been convicted of anything.
Sven, for all his bungling with England has a good record as a club manager and has the profile to attract decent players.
What's the alternative - Wardle & Warnock?
Let's wait and see

6/21/2007 11:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are obviously red s**t & like all s**t you should be flushed away

6/21/2007 11:32 PM  
Anonymous Majeed said...

Shinawatra is the twice elected peoples' choice who was overthrown in a military coup.

These allegations are being made by an unelected regime, and you have the cheek to accept them as fact?!

Sven is one of the most succesful club managers in world football.

Who else has won the double in 3 countries?

6/21/2007 11:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr Shinawatra was the democratically elected leader of Thailand deposed in a military coup.
This article seems to suggest a military led country is capable of acting in a democratic manner.
Not in the real world,
Other than spin and spite what has he to worry about.
Sven would not be my number one choice but the guy has put his money where his mouth is, its his call.
Sven was first choice replacement at old trafford before Fergie decided to carry on and at Newcastle.
Why dont you write a real news story about the Stretford club paying 60 million pounds a year interest on an overleveraged glazier buy out, 85% of thier match day income in interest charges and a second financial re structure under way while the Glaziers desperatly attempt to offload what is turning into a a cowboy outfit !
Biased ?

6/21/2007 11:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you Neville in disguise ?
No name football commentater? not a proper journalist then?
This article has all the hall marks of the
Manchester United Evening No News
Style of journalism.
Its nice to know "THE CULT" Premier League club, now debt free has provoked an irrational childish response like this, running scared ?

6/22/2007 12:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont want this thai noodle or sven-o-loss in my beloved club

this is a clean club and i dont need no money laundering thru it

6/22/2007 12:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally, I don't think you guys know what you are talking about. It's one thing to have a shady business man own your club, but alltogether another to have a politician with connections.

6/22/2007 12:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shady Businessman own a club?
See Old Trafford, not in Manchester!
Politician with shady connections?
See Chelsea
Democratically elected self made man overthrown by military junta ?
See the debt free "Cult Club" in the Premier League.
What are you a Guardian reader ?
Save me from handwringing manchester united supporting london based liberals.

6/22/2007 12:40 AM  
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6/22/2007 1:36 AM  
Anonymous Citizensid said...

Yet another article by a nameless "football commentator".
In this country a man is guilty, guilty, guilty. Even if he is not guilty, the press will make him guilty and as we all know, whatever the press say must be gospel. I mean, when do the press ever get anything wrong? The press always thoroughly research their stories dont they? They are the pillars of our society, always being the ones we can rely upon to give us, the trusting public, a fair and balanced account of the news. Never being bias or changing a story to make a better headline. God bless the journalists, our wonderful, wonderful journalists... oh wait! I'm tarring you all with the same brush. How could I possibly put you wonderful SPORTS journo's in the same league as, say, real journalists reporting facts.
So sorry, forget I even spoke!

6/22/2007 1:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the september coup was supported by the THAI KING, that tells u a lot about the state of his government, that even the king has to interfere.

and i dont see what football commentator has done wrong. if i was a city fan, i wouldnt want a "corrupt" former prime minister who was ousted when united have american billionaires and chelsea have oil czars. and sven is a piece of shit

6/22/2007 6:49 AM  
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6/22/2007 6:43 PM  

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