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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Eriksson doing best Wenger impression

Manchester City have signed Brazilian midfielder Geovanni on a free transfer from Cruzeiro. They have also signed Rolando Bianchi from Reggina and also a kid named Gelson Fernandes from FC Sion. Will new manager Sven-Goran Eriksson be an Arsene Wenger or another Alain Perrin?

No doubt that Manchester City have rebuilding to do and Eriksson will be itching for the chance to prove the huge number of doubters wrong. With a failed England career and a corrupt new owner, Manchester City is on the right track. I can see Noel Gallagher at the ground with a Swedish and Thai flag on both sides of his baseball hat now.

Seeing the players that Eriksson is signing, I can see my doubts well founded. Not necessarily bad players, but obscure players, and no experience in England. I don’t want to do an Alan Hanson “you can’t win anything with kids” but I doubt you can climb the table with a bunch of players who have no Premiership pedigree.

The first signing for City was Reggina striker Rolando Bianchi. 24, some potential but looks to me like a Samaras in sheep’s clothing. He doesn’t link play and poaches goals. He scored a bunch last season in Italy, but wasn’t one of City’s biggest problems last campaign their inability to feed the strikers? How will a poacher solve that?

Fernandes was second. When I heard the name Fernandes, I thought, wow, smart move signing the former Everton loaner and Benfica midfielder Manuel Fernandes, but no. He signed some obscure, somewhat rated Swiss kid Gelson Fernandes, aged 20. Hmmm. Do Man City need help now or in 4 years?

Today’s announcement fuels my suspicions. Geovanni? The same failed career at Benfica and Barcelona Geovanni? And on a one year deal? How can that be rebuilding? He came on a free. Well, not a lot to lose there, but again my point: where is this all going?

I could be eating words come Boxing Day, City in 6th, glory, chance at the Champions League and a famous win against United already under Eriksson’s belt. I could be wrong but I don’t see Sven Goran Eriksson as anything like an Arsene Wenger. He had trouble getting an England 11 to work together when he had the best at his disposal. He chose Theo Walcott, never even having played a Premiership game and never used him.

If I were City’s manager I would have done the following:

Sign Jermain Defoe, take a stab at Eduir Guidjohnson, then definitely sign Manuel Fernandes.

Make a likely fruitless try for Sunsuke Nakamura, then make a play for Stuart Downing or even bring Shaun Wright-Phillips back. Tomas Gravesen would do nicely for support.

Last, sign a pair of defenders. There are a host of good ones out there like Gio van Bronckhorst who left Barcelona for Feyenoord to stabilize the back.

My point is Manchester City need to stabilize the team and bring in help that has Premiership experience. Arsene Wenger has the luxury of a stable team from which he can take risks. Sven Goran-Eriksson does not have this luxury and should do the most possible to make sure City stay near the top 10 and look to make gains on that the following season.

As it looks now, sorry to say, City look lost and like a relegation candidate to me.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

You haven't got a clue mate.

7/17/2007 6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

typical tabloid crap... ..eat your words ..yes you will
bluemoonbaz

7/17/2007 6:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im glad your not our manager, yet another person with a witch hunt against city. You say our chairman is corrupt yet he hasn't been found guilty of anything, and the charges being made are by an illigal unelected government that isnt recognised by ours. Sven had a rough ride with England but his club record is one of the best we trust him and look forward to proving all you rags wrong. Love us or hate us we are here to stay.

7/17/2007 6:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a mong

7/17/2007 6:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a load of rubbish.

7/17/2007 7:00 PM  
Anonymous Wigan Blue said...

He got Corradi to score a goal and lay one off. That's a miracle better than anything Wenger's ever done. Yes, his signings are young, which makes me think that he's there for the long haul. Nobody in football thinks for a moment that Wenger's going to be at the Arse after the end of this season.

7/17/2007 7:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your total football knowledge summed up in one inept, clueless paragraph:
"Make a likely fruitless try for Sunsuke Nakamura, then make a play for Stuart Downing or even bring Shaun Wright-Phillips back. Tomas Gravesen would do nicely for support."

7/17/2007 7:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

do you get off on negativity?... c'mon be like the rest of us, do the typical city thing, and get excited until it all goes wrong... it makes the highs sweeter...

7/17/2007 7:02 PM  
Anonymous Tom Booth said...

What a load of rubbish!!

7/17/2007 7:03 PM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...

I had a feeling someone would accuse me of having a grudge against City.

I don't. Look at my blog history for proof.

My article is critical because I think its all wrong for City right now. There were better managers, owners and players out there for your club.

Don't take it personally, but maybe a reality check is in order.

7/17/2007 7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You just don't know what you're talking about. Clueless rubbish

7/17/2007 7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What exactly qualifies you to comment on this subject then? Die hard city fan?, expert pundit, or just another tabloid hack trying to stick the knife in. By the sound of your article you have years of experience managing at the very top of the european game. I suggest you stick to playing ChampMan or wherever you got the inspiration for thesze tired old pearls of wisdom, cos you don't know anything about football, and you're not a very good journalist, either.

7/17/2007 7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a City lifer and have not been right about any of this. Instead of trashing the guy for being clueless, you might consider he has a good point. Forget Sven and the new owner. I have a feeling we are signing total shit.

I would much rather have Defoe or Mcarthy than the guy we signed.

I for one see your point well taken. We need to climb out of a hole mates.

7/17/2007 7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought I was bloody negative until I read this pile of crap! Dull, uninspiring, repetative, intentionally controversial and basically an attempt to slag off the signings before they've even played for the club.

Reality check needed. Realise that we've got a world class manager, yes the owner is corrupt but we're moving with the times and we've got money, what's your problem with that or more to the point...city?

Get real!

C_T_I_D

7/17/2007 7:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

go and support Blackburn or Spurs then...

7/17/2007 7:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think you need to be a manager mate, quality comments, your managerial experience serves you proud.....................plank

7/17/2007 7:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have now had more than your allocated 'fifteen minutes of fame' on the back of the exciting changes at our club. Please take your dismissive, narrow minded and derisive comments regarding our current manager and club as a whole and jog on.

Dayvo CTID

7/17/2007 7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

form your own team, you must be a success. Only problem that you have is you talk out of your arse, a job as a rag then...

7/17/2007 7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

F**kin Munich C**t

7/17/2007 7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you have a big hat and it chokes you when you have to eat it

7/17/2007 7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How the hell are we moving forward?????????????????

Does anyone remember what a f-in failure this guy was as the England manager. World class??? Who the hell wrote that???? World class what when we are rotting in the Championship next season.

I think your player suggestions are shite but we are signing a bunch of nobodys.

7/17/2007 7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you've gotta be a nobody before you can be a somebody, and all these signings look good to me. Geovanni is not exactly a nobody. he dumped the rags out of europe. Barca and Brazil, these are not easy sides to get into....

7/17/2007 7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gravesen he could not hold his own in the play ground

7/17/2007 7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So football commentator what other wisdom would you like to impart about what you refer to as soccer........
Have you ever been to a game?

It has been a long time sine I have read such a poor article. When you finnish school you may like to apply for a job at the M.U.E.N.

7/17/2007 7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you still havnt explained how you can justify calling Thaksin Shinawatra corrupt. Does that mean I can say your gay because theres as much substance hows FCUM coming along you rag twat

7/17/2007 7:21 PM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...

"Thailand to freeze more assets controlled by ousted Prime Minister Thaksin"

There is one article of HUNDREDS in the last few months. Are you putting blinders on to support your club, mate?

7/17/2007 7:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fortunately SGE knows more about football than you ever will.

7/17/2007 7:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't take this personally-but fook right off!

7/17/2007 7:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WTF you have topped it all now. You know nothing about football and nothing about politics.

7/17/2007 7:26 PM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...

"So football commentator what other wisdom would you like to impart about what you refer to as soccer"

Soccer, that is something you do when you puch a woman, like sock-her in the nose.

As far as wisdom goes, you are barking up the wrong tree. I call it like it see it. You may not like it, and you have made it clear you don't. I have wisdom teeth though, 4 of them, in the back of my mouth. Maybe you will see them when I eat my hat and City finish 6th.

Will post a photo if it happens.

7/17/2007 7:29 PM  
Blogger Simon said...

OK don't look at what we've signed and say "oh but they're rubbish", instead try this:

Why did Shinawatra buy the club in the first place? If he has so much money he could have bought a club who're in the top 6, or at least the top 10. There's still a few there without big moneybags owners. So why did he go for lowly city? Because it's an investment, it's a steal for what he has to pay to cover unsecured debts and he can make a pile of money on the back of it by improving the club.

What has this got to do with buying the players? It's the same deal. If you pay top dollar for a player who has nothing to prove, who has seen it all and done it and knows they're the business and won't be interested in putting in the effort then you're a fool. It's why Wenger doesn't buy well known players and it's also why other managers with more money don't do that either. Big money players come with baggage.

What do Geovanni, Bianchi and Fernandes have in common? Have they all made it at the highest level? Absolutely not.

Fernandes was stuck in Switzerland. He's a highly regarded player, good with dead-balls (unlike Barton) but he needs to prove it at premiership level. Bianchi was at Reggina in much the same way that Tevez was at West Ham - he kept them up and if someone came in for him then he'd go. We didn't just have problems getting the ball to the strikers last season, we also needed a poacher, Bianchi poaches. But he will be wanting to push on and prove it at the highest level. Finally Geovanni - floating between clubs, career in a tailspin but a good player, a sound midfielder who will complement what we already have coming through in Johnson and Ireland. He has plenty to prove.

And Eriksson. Career in tatters after the England farago, arguably should have retired, wants to prove to the world that he IS a good manager, can still cut it at the very highest level, believes in what he's doing and intends to take the club with him.

OK - now who did you suggest?

Defoe. Over-rated. Bottles it for England, bottles it for his club, scores but not nearly enough, dangerous but not quite dangerous enough to strike fear into defenders. He's quick but you need more than that in the premiership. When he's fit a poor man's Michael Owen (who also has his fitness problems).

Guidjohnson. Yeah he's good but he has baggage and he must be getting on a bit now.

Manuel Fernandes - Everton reject, if he's not good enough for Everton is he good enough for a team looking to change up a gear?

Nakamura - we need steel in midfield, he's 29 and gets knocked off the ball. Celtic is not the premiership.

Downing. The only left-footed midfielder with a British passport therefore he plays for England. Why get him and Defoe, why not go the whole hog and bring back Darren Huckerby too?

SWP will never play for Sven. That's because SWP thinks he's Mr. Smartiepants and signed for Chelsea for the money (well he doesn't get to play) and Sven quite rightly did not pick him because he couldn't get in the Chelsea team. Has truly gone to seed at Chelsea and is no longer worth anything to anyone. And can't cross. And can't shoot. Was great for us back in the day but he's not coming back.

Tomas Gravesen - now there's a blast from the past. Is he still any good? Gio van Bronckhorst - likewise? We could sign a bunch of hasbeens that would work. I wonder if MacManaman's available?

7/17/2007 7:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As you are too intellegent to realise, let's make it clearer to you: The allegations about Thaskin, are made by an unelected military Junta, allegations which he strenuously denies, and he has stated that when a new ELECTED government is in control,he will return to prove his innocence. Anyone who continues to write defamatory articles in the mean time(including you) could face being sued for libel. In Britain a man is innocent until proven guilty & Dr Shinawatra has not even been charged, let alone convicted!

7/17/2007 7:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Give sven and his signings a chance,not many great quality players are available in such a short space of time !You say he could n,t handle english players but we only lost 3 competitive games,I think we all overated the english team (Frank Lampard 21 shots-no world cup goals !)the players should shoulder some blame.By the way ,wasn,t it you that likened Samaras to Messi ?

7/17/2007 7:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

have you ever heard of a little beliefe called innocent until proven guilty. Of course they will print stuff like that in Thailand, the illigal government are scared of his popularity and need to discredit him by any means possible. The media in Thailand is very censored by its illigal government. Thaksin won his election by two landslide victories and would do the same if he went bqack again. How many coups has there been in the last 100 years of thailand. If your not intelligent enough to seperate properganda from fact then you need to give up writing your articles now my friend.

7/17/2007 7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting points which you think are a reality check.

Last year we had a crap team with a few good players. Scored 10 goals at home and missed relegation by 2 or 3 points. That is the difference between scoring a penalty and missing one. Club had huge debt no manager and no enthusiasm.

We now have good players coming in who will attract even bigger players etc etc. The owner may be spending £200m in the next year or two, so expect bigger and better. Sven doesn't have to do a Wenger because he has money.

Reality check over!

7/17/2007 7:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe you should mind your own business

7/17/2007 7:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many other Premiership owners have all these allegations hanging over their heads?

You lot should come support Arsenal. We wont use our club as a money laundering factory.

Ha ha!

7/17/2007 7:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Football Commentator : Why would we want a photo of a 15 year old no mark from Kentucky who has learned about this game from a playstation?

7/17/2007 7:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey arsenal fan I would worry more about your own club than us. Your on a downhill spiral, Henry's gone, Fabregas is on his way out and Wenger will be gone by this time next year. Not to mention the fact you lot couldnt defend against the attack of the springfield retirement home. I will be suprised if you qualify for the UEFA cup this year never mind the chumps league.

7/17/2007 7:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how could arsenal launder money.....they are about £200 million in debt!

7/17/2007 7:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is this a wind up?? Sven did a good job with an england team pre tipped to win another tournement, his only world class player was gerrard.He's come in, brought 2 young players in, another wanted by wenger, harry at pompy,o'niel,moyes!! THEY ALL WRONG TO EH?? as for downing,graveson,nakamara, yeah mate, stay behind your computer with comments like that and save face...

7/17/2007 7:46 PM  
Anonymous johnnycrossonlover said...

If i was the new City chairman and i read what you have written about me being corrupt you would be in a British court faster than you can type that comment. You are a lucky person that none of his staff will probably ever read your biased diabtribe.

7/17/2007 7:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a comedian, sour grapes throughout and a bias towards a military junta who over threw a democratically elected president, keep your uninformed facist views to yourself.
Relegation fodder ? Hah, Why dont you comment on the over leveraged club in Stretford 85% of thier gate money going on only servicing the debt ? Or is that story to near to home ?

7/17/2007 8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha ha, you'd have to sue thousands of people saying the same thing.

7/17/2007 8:25 PM  
Anonymous mcfc_ste said...

Where do you come up with this crap?

Stuart Downing isn't exactly setting the world on fire at Boro is he? And when was the last time Jermain Defoe started a game? Re-sign Shaun Wright Phillips... won't he have some say in that?

You say we need Premiership experience but the players you mention are mediocre at best.

And what makes you think we need a "pair of defenders"? Sure we could use some depth but if you knew anything about our squad you'd know our defence is one of our few strengths - even without Distin.

I guess that's why Eriksson is a manager and you're not - he can actually spot a decent player, whereas you just reel out the usual list of has-beens and never-will-bes.

It's interesting that you think Eriksson's England career was a failure. How are things going under McClaren?

7/17/2007 8:43 PM  
Anonymous Murph said...

I think you can sense the hostility!

We City fans have had enough of the rag infactuated media having a pop at us, almost every article written about city is negative, juvenile and riddled with untruths. Whatever you may have heard we are 100% behind Frank and Sven.

7/17/2007 8:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a fuckin muppet..go and watch united from your armchair , jelous scum bastard..dont like it that we r building for the future and its us in the spotlight....oh by the way...geovanni hahahaha, think back to th echampions league exit 2 years ago.....hahahaha....go and die anyway u top nobb...

7/17/2007 8:44 PM  
Anonymous ste said...

The great thing about this article is if it all goes wrong at City you can hold it up and say "I told you so", and if things go right you can pretend it never existed.

Good work mate.

7/17/2007 8:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

utter wank

7/17/2007 9:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People like this guy will eat his words when City finish in the top half. Relegation Candidates what a Di(khe@d. He knows nothing about football anyways, thats why he writes tabloids and is not a manager.

7/17/2007 9:13 PM  
Blogger sss said...

a corrupt owner? in who's eyes pal. the associated presses thats whose, the british press who hold integrity and honesty in such low esteem. never let the truth get in the way of a good story. do some research and stop being so cheap. shock/celebrity/complete tripe is all we get.
as for erikkson being a failure, thats just rubbish, he did a decent job with england, england are not the best side in the world or for that matter in europe, there are some good players to choose from but not the very best in the world. his record speaks for itself, have you forgotten the 5-1 drubbing of germany?
if you think nakamura would cut it in the prem then you shouldn't be reporting on football, gravesen is a has been who never really was and downing is a never will be. gudjohnson, swp and defoe are possibilities but there are better out there. as far bianchi being another samaras, give the guy a chance, poor journalism, very poor, i'd get sacked if i did my job as poorly as you!

7/17/2007 9:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

rags rags rags rags rags scousers scousers scousers..........have you been booted off your own forums for being tits. me thinks yes. quality club record!!!!! look at the statistics and cups....as for england, he got england in the top 5 in fifa rankings!!!!......thoygh you lot wouldnt know this cos if you are rags or scousers you are probably irish!

7/17/2007 9:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now we are getting Arsenel half wits with an opinion.
Never heard of George (give me a bung) Graham ?
Another facist, doubt you understand the term though, lets make it easier
We live in a democracy, you are innocent untill proven guilty.
The Thai military junta are unelected and undemocratic,
This article is uninformed and right wing, the arsenal buffoon is probably both.

7/17/2007 9:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

even if he is found guilty and sent to prison, whats the worst case scenario......he sells us with a world class manager and probably some world class players.
liverpool.....need we talk about your spotless, hooliganless past.
Uniteds dodgy tevez affair,,
Arsenal....thierry jumping ship......the list goes on and on and on and on and on ooo! west ham....who got bunged to get them out of that.....and on

7/17/2007 9:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

christ! Blackpools former chairman got sent to jail for rape in the nineties.........who comments on that when writing blackpool news?

7/17/2007 9:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tell ya what, looking at that Bianchi (on youtube) he looks like a poor mans RVN, and im pretty scepticle about him, we were linked with elmander and from what ive seen he looked far better overall player, maybe not as good goal scorer, but with our team and their amazing ability to not be able to create a single chance in half a season dosnt bode well for Bianchi......time will tell, i wish him all the best and lets hope this Football Commentator eats his words!

oh, personally i think every transfer suggested above are garbabe, i only agree with defoe. and gelson fernandes for £3, pocket money now son, looks good for future!

7/17/2007 9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.ladbrokes.com/lbr_portal
city 50-1 for fa cup.......worth a flutter.....1000-1 for pleauge.......mmmmmmmm maybe not.....33-1 for 5th....maybe........3-1 relegated...cheeky twats

7/17/2007 10:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the article, although I am in the vast minority here. You guys are a bunch of apoligists for Sven now that he is our manager. Nobody thought he did a good job for england and if you ask ANYONE outside of MCFC what they think they all think Sven stinks. I do too and am not going to be part of the herd of sheep commenting here.

7/17/2007 10:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Football Commentator - so knowledgable that he does not get Geovanni's Brazilian team right.

7/17/2007 10:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

does no one remember that sven got england into top 5 in fifa rankings. Glory at every club he has managed except one. His team got into European cup final, hes won the other two, the only manager to win league double in 3 different countries, beat man u in supercup. Got to agree, he is a bit poor. Probably wouldnt know this on here cos rags and scousers are all irish anyway......if it had been jackie charlton it would be ok...

7/17/2007 10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no takers then on that, put facts out and things go quiet.....later

7/17/2007 10:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See you have corrected the team.

7/17/2007 10:35 PM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...

I had a feeling you'd check back.

Thanks for the correction. I got the club mixed up with another player.

7/17/2007 10:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no comment on his history commentator?

7/17/2007 10:41 PM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...

If Sven was SUCH a hot property, why is it that no team hired him right after he left the England team?

He won a couple of titles with Benfica, his best performance was the 1990 CL where they lost to AC Milan. He went to Italy and from 84-90 (I think) won nothing.

Then he went back to Benfica, where he again won the Portuguese league in 91.

He went back to Italy and did very little until he won an Italian Cup with Sampdoria.

It was not until 2000 that he won the league with Lazio. He won that title on the last day when (I think) Inter fell on their face at the finish line.

So Sven has won league titles with exactly 2 teams. Wow. Oh, he won something with his first club, whoever that was.

After Lazio he managed England. We all know that story.

He went to manage in Italy on the coat-tails of the '90 run. It took him a decade to win the League in Italy.

So, Sven has won a few league cups and a couple of league titles. When he reached the big stage he buckled.

Why all the hype about a manager with a few bright spots in his career? Explain.

Now, I dont mean to degrade his success. He has had his share, and to be fair, more than most managers ever get. But dont pretend you've got a world-beater at MC, because you don't.

7/17/2007 10:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he turned down a few teams.

gothenberg
Swedish Cup Winners 1979
Swedish Cup Winners 1982
Swedish League Champions 1981
Swedish League Champions 1982
UEFA Cup Winners 1982



1982-84: S.L. Benfica
Portuguese League Champions 1983
Portuguese League Champions 1984
Portuguese Cup Winners 1983



1984-87: A.S. Roma
Italian Cup Winners 1986



1987-89: AC Fiorentina



1989-92: S.L. Benfica
European Cup Runners Up 1990
Portuguese League Champions 1991



1992-97: Sampdoria UC
Italian Cup Winners 1994



1997-00: S.S. Lazio
Italian Cup Winners 1998
Italian Cup Winners 2000
Italian Super Cup Winners 1998
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Winners 1999
UEFA Super Cup Winners 1999
Italian League Champions 2000

hes a bit shit then?

7/17/2007 11:04 PM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...

The comedy in this is that in my article I never quoted his record.

He may have had some measure of success in his years, but any manager that sits there like a stone statue when your national side is falling over is not someone I'd want to hire to manage my club.

7/17/2007 11:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it works, maybe tom cruise would be better....lol

7/17/2007 11:13 PM  
Anonymous Almer said...

Personally, I'd hsvr Keegan back in a heartbeat.

7/17/2007 11:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Notable Feats as England manager
Germany 1 England 5 (2001) World Cup qualifier 2001
England 1-0 Argentina 2002 World Cup
Improved England's FIFA World ranking from 17th place (Jan 2001) to 5th place (July 2006)
Managed to reach the quarter final in three consecutive tournaments (WC 2002, Euro 2004, WC 2006). No other European country achieved this during this period, and on an international level only Brazil. England was also, apart from Sweden, the only European country that did not suffer elimination from group play or failure to qualify during this time (2001-2006).
Achieved the highest point percentage in Major Tournament Matches of all time for an England manager.[5]

7/17/2007 11:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

almer.....id have liked to have seen keegan as number 2

7/17/2007 11:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are hav'n a laf with your comments.Why are you making comparisons with Sven managing England.If you were as half as intelligent as you try to make yourself out to be then you would know that Sven had only English players to work with that is why he did'nt get any farther in the World Cup.But now he has every nationality at his disposable.Now you will see what Sven G.E. is capable of.Sit back & enjoy the ride my friend.

7/17/2007 11:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Sheep Strike Back !!
Just read through the comments on this half baked miswritten right wing self opiniated uninformed and out of date attention seeking half wit.
At a guess you are lurking in that hot bed of manchester united,the far east, certainly not Europe anyway.
Well get real boy, we who support THE Cult Club in the Premier League dont give a Sh.. for your worthless opinion.
Apply for a job with the MUEN if you know what that means, an extra half wit around thier sports desk would not be noticed and the badly written and useless comments suit thier style, you can always brew up.
All I can say is Baaaaa and Bollox to you

7/18/2007 1:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shock Horror! A paper publishes an article that is negative about city! Yawn, it's all very tiresome!

I bet your one of these people who would have liked to have seen Mark Hughes as City manager!

I didn't agree with all that Sven did with England, I didn't agree with Sven taking Theo Walcott (not that it had anything to do with David Dein's influence with the FA...). But if your going to criticise England for doing that then your going to have to criticise Brazil for exactely the same!
As for Gerrard & Lampard - He was damned if he did and Damned if he didn't.
On the left hand side, Downing hasn't performed for england has he!
David Beckham - How fickle you paperazzi are!
England arn't the best team in the world and their world ranking showed to be accurate by going out of the three major tournaments - 2 on penalties and one by a fluky goal by a big toothed genius!

How can you say - shouldn't have bought those players - they need help now! well he's only been in just over a week, signed one youngster, one out and out striker and one playmaker! wait until the transfer window is shut before you post comment wether Sven has sufficiently strengthened the squad.

I would expect to be sued after suggesting that Thaksin is corrupt - you obviously have a biased opinion and are too narrow minded to see past your own fantasy world!
I can see your job interview now - "Will you be interested in writing articles slating Man City?"
"Of course I would, isn't that a pre-requisit of all journalism?"
"you're hired!"

Long live the revolution

7/18/2007 1:06 AM  
Anonymous Percy Sugden said...

This is on the internet because you wouldn't get a job in the press as long as you've got a hole in your arse writing such a pile of shite like that. Even the Daily Mirror would be embarrassed by that complete pile of wank.

7/18/2007 1:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh lord you are a complete and total arse.You must be just a sad United fan afraid of City's sudden re-awakening.City now with investment,one of the best youth academies,large fan base(to be enlarged by support in far east and scandinavia where SGE is seen as a god) and a good manager for the first time in years are without doubt on the up.
Players you suggest just shows that your football knowledge goes no further than the premiership.Nakamura haha and Gravesen lol yeah SPL is the place where the best are.Defoe? whats he ever done,likewise Downing.
Barcelona bought Giovanni for 11/12 million five years ago, so city getting him on a free not bad business.
How many of Wengers success signings played in premiership before? f all thats what.
SGE not good manager? eh hello, dont look at how many trophies(though he has won a lot) but look at the clubs he won the trophies with.None are big clubs, Lazio once were the City of Italy without a cup in years.
Your just a fool and i'm tired of people like you trying to deny decent real fans of real clubs the right to be optimistic about a new bright era.
Oh yeah and do you really think that the Thai military junta was done with the intentions of freedom and democracy at heart.Franks loved by people there except the rich and the corrupt generals.Was his family business to sell.If I sold my business tomorrow its my right to do so.

7/18/2007 1:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This article has had me in stitches, written by uncle alex ? naw probably uncle Ho based in San Francisco but related !
Both red faced idiots
Total tosh though the clown who wrote it thinks its valid
Not if you live in the UK it a'int, out of date and misinformed.
Soccer ??
You must be a fool yank, we do not want your self opiniated crap.
The world game could not care less if you join in or not
The Cult Premier League Club is beyond your childish comments.
Grow up if you want to converse with football fans or stick to manchester united comments read by half wits, written by worse !

7/18/2007 1:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"After Lazio he managed England. We all know that story."
....yeah, won nothing...just like every other England manager bar Alf Ramsey...

"He went to manage in Italy on the coat-tails of the '90 run.
It took him a decade to win the League in Italy."
....and?...

"So, Sven has won a few league cups and a couple of league titles."
...not a lot if you say it quickly...

"When he reached the big stage he buckled."
...but not quite as much as any other England Manager bar Alf Ramsey...

"Why all the hype about a manager with a few bright spots in his career? Explain."
....beacuse the vast majority of managers don't achieve such "bright spots"...

"Now, I dont mean to degrade his success."
...but you just have....

"He has had his share, and to be fair, more than most managers ever get. But dont pretend you've got a world-beater at MC, because you don't."
....we didn't...

What a complete and utter arse you are...get youself down to the Home Deeepot son..it's about your level.

7/18/2007 6:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So remind me again just why England wanted Sven as England manager in the firts place...oh yeah...wasn't it because he was one of the best club managers in the world..

7/18/2007 6:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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7/18/2007 6:52 AM  
Anonymous BLOOTOOF said...

What a grade A bitter bell whiff you are. Stick to writin Peter and Jane lady bird books you idiot.

7/18/2007 11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are a proper twat. you don't hve a clue. From reading that story it looks like you havn't even got any GCSE's. My son could write a better article than that, what a complete prick you are.

7/18/2007 11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well if we took a poll here on wheter or not you are A. an arse B. A Muppett C. A Twat or D. all of the above. Im quite sure you'd be 100% all of the above.
International football you have 2 trophies available to win in four years, a lot about winning one of these is down to luck, like the luck you need in a penalty shoot-out, especially when your best player stupidly gets himself sent off.It was Rooneys fault if anyones England went out off world cup.Have a go at him why dont you then about being a crap player if you think Svens crap because England didnt win world cup.Oh sorry I forgot you are a RAG

7/18/2007 1:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, its Chris Hutchings.

Look slike you have loaded up LMA Manager 2007 and picked the players by their names and not their qualities.

Obviously your knowledge of football is limited to the occasuional read of the sport section of the mirror and no understanding of the game.

Good show :)

7/18/2007 5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you for the entertainment commentator, bet you have never been so popular. Think before you preach next time mate....

7/18/2007 5:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting,

Cant say I have read a more unfounded, baseless and frankly biased article in a long time. A Failed England reign? Clearly the quarter finals in all three major tournaments that he got us to, going out on penalties in two of those and losing to the best team in the worlod at the time in the third is clearly not good enough. Not to mention the fact he has the best win percentage of any england manager since Alf Ramsay, including wins over germany in germany and argentina twice (ok one was a friendly but still).

Relegation candidates? PLEASE! Even the most biased anti city supporter has to admit we have a stronger squad than the likes of derby, sunderland and the like.

If your going to write something at least TRY and make it a LITTLE BIT objective.

7/18/2007 10:59 PM  
Blogger neverred said...

I have read some rubbish in my time but you take first prize. Thats why you report on here and are not, i repeat not a football manager. Like the other guy said " Innocent until proven guilty " so totally out of order calling him corrupt. Secondly Svens got an excellent CV, better than most managers in the premier league so give the guy a chance. You are without a doubt a Man U fan and hopefully your balls will be found in a Thai curry somewhere.

7/18/2007 11:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a clown! who wrote this? joey barton doing some bitter pre-season literacy class?

7/18/2007 11:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simon, brilliant comments mate. Couldn't have put it better myself.

Football commentator, you are a f'kin prick. Just becuse Sven is buying players that are not in your copy of Fifa 2006 on your Playstation doesn't mean they are crap. It means that Sven and Tord know more about players that you will ever know.

I suggest you go f*ck yourself.

7/19/2007 10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2 friendly games in. 2 comfortable wins. 2 goals for Corradi, 1 for our new Italian. Morale is high, the fans are enjoying pre-season and looking forward to the new season whatever it brings. Job done by Frank and SGE so far as I'm concerned. If it doesn't work out, so what. Thats football. This sort of biased unknowledgeable nonsense is not welcome it the footballing world generally and I'd kindly ask you to mind your own business with regards City in future.

7/19/2007 10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoa, a friendly win, that must surely mean champions league. Even the Premiership title.

Wow, City won in Pre-Season. There were thousands of reporters waiting at the door to the training ground to comment on the momentus occasion.

Joey Barton wishes he didnt mangle Dabo after all.

Who'd a thunk such idiots were right!

7/19/2007 1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

COCK

7/19/2007 6:45 PM  
Blogger Winn said...

rofl that's let out a veritable cat amongst the pigeons!

I think FC has a entirely valid point, you're all just too naive to realise that your club is in tatters. I'm a spurs fan, and have no grudge or angst to city, infact i'd like to see them do well. But the signings he's made, like has been stated by FC, are all for the future. What if they don't perform this season straight away, what with it being their _first_ season in such a TOUGH league?! You struggled last season and you've not exactly bought proven players, so if they flop, then what? then you'll be eating your words as FC laughs, idiots.

7/20/2007 5:04 PM  
Blogger Winn said...

oh and fyi, spurs had a great pre-season last year and look how our season started. you short-sighted morons.

7/20/2007 5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gothenberg
Swedish Cup Winners 1979
Swedish Cup Winners 1982
Swedish League Champions 1981
Swedish League Champions 1982
UEFA Cup Winners 1982

1982-84: S.L. Benfica
Portuguese League Champions 1983
Portuguese League Champions 1984
Portuguese Cup Winners 1983

1984-87: A.S. Roma
Italian Cup Winners 1986

1987-89: AC Fiorentina

1989-92: S.L. Benfica
European Cup Runners Up 1990
Portuguese League Champions 1991

1992-97: Sampdoria UC
Italian Cup Winners 1994

1997-00: S.S. Lazio
Italian Cup Winners 1998
Italian Cup Winners 2000
Italian Super Cup Winners 1998
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Winners 1999
UEFA Super Cup Winners 1999
Italian League Champions 2000

hes a bit shit then?

with them statistics, if we are naive, then you are a moron. I wonder if there would be these moronic comments if fergie was our manager now? cos surely he would fail, his record would only make him a poor manager?

7/20/2007 6:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

all you want to say is sign more english players... but d fact is english players are rubbish...

7/21/2007 7:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Football Commentator - All I can say is please, please, PLEASE save all these comments and publish them again next May (April? March? Boxing Day?) when these idiots are relegated.
I started laughing when the words 'witch hunt' were used and have been falling off my seat trying to stop my sides from splitting ever since.
A well written article as usual and provoking a great insight into the 'CTID' paranoia.
Hilarious.

7/22/2007 3:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you're a sharp guy but you have to watch your typing mate, his name is Eidur Gudjohnsen.

7/23/2007 3:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have clearly made a huge mistake at City appointing Sven when we should have appointed you. Clearly you know so much better and have such a proven track record in Europe. I struggle to see how Frank missed you from his list. Please please please come and sa ve us from our self destruction o chosen one. Either that, or remove your head from your arse where it is firmly placed.

7/23/2007 11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sven may have failed as an England Manager but his club record is up there with the best. He is building this club from the ground up bringing in bright young players that can excel with time. It may take a couple of seasons but soon we could well be up there in champions league positions.

This is the start of a new beginning at city and i for one and very excited.

7/26/2007 5:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Knob

7/28/2007 12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arsene Wenger is definitely a better manager...look at anelka, henry, pires, persie. All this all great signings.Do You Think Sven, who cant hold england , one of the best countries in the world in soccer, up into the finals of any major tournament can dothis ...? You gottta be kidding.

8/15/2007 9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, do you stand by this article now, after seeing City clinically despatch Newcastle at the weekend. To be honest they could have won by more, and the football was breathtaking at times.

Elano. Unbelievable.

I actually think City could just miss out on a UEFA spot - what if Elano gets injured?, and they need a striker, but relegation? No chance.

10/05/2007 1:03 PM  
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