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January 22, 2009
Posted by Wallace Poulter on 01/22/2009

The Rambling view from the City perspective

City are taking a lot of flak for signing De Jong in the January transfer window when he had an out clause in the summer for approximately one tenth of the transfer price.

A couple of comments on this. First value is defined by the need that you have for an item not the perceived value.

January 21, 2009
Posted by Wallace Poulter on 01/21/2009

I have watched the last few days with quiet bemusement. To watch so many people tie themselves in knots was quite funny. It was as if the supporters of the Big Four were two-year-olds and they'd had their rattles taken away. Poor babies.

And to make it even more amusing pangs of unvarnished jealousy from Dave Whelan at Wigan and Al-Fayed at Fulham. Even more curious, the head of the PFA Gordon Taylor jumped in on the side of the Big Four.

January 14, 2009
Posted by Wallace Poulter on 01/14/2009

The Rambling view from the City perspective.

You see the pattern?

Pre transfer window the word is City will be buying numerous world quality players.

Then once the transfer window opens we in order are, interested in a player, have a bid rejected and the mainstream Rag press go all negative again.

Now the latest. A mass frenzy in the press about Kaka, a bid supposedly made, now a bid supposedly rejected and jibes in the press about how City can't attract the players even with all their money.

January 11, 2009
Posted by Wallace Poulter on 01/11/2009

This just in. According to reports, City are going to start to look abroad for players because of the high prices being quoted by Premier League clubs. No! I'm shocked!

And all sarcasm aside, really, Eastlands is starting to look like a bad Keystone Kops comedy.

Why were bids for players only submitted after the start of the New Year? If Real Madrid can line up the players in advance, why can't City?

January 6, 2009
Posted by Wallace Poulter on 01/06/2009

The Rambling view from the City perspective.

In praise (gulp) of Mark Hughes. Ok, ok, I know get off the floor, break out the smelling salts. But a funny thing happened in the Blackburn game.

However first, let me take you back a few days to a fascinating interview with Jose Mourinho on Sky. Our favourite Portuguese was talking about tactics and how during an Italian game in Serie A he changed his tactical formation four times and the opposing coach not only matched him but was anticipating his tactical moves. This to me is the under appreciated part of Mourinho's genius.

He is a quite brilliant man manager but even more so is his tactical awareness. Many the time Mourinho would make a substitution or change a formation based on the in game situation and see it work very quickly. Once Shevchenko was forced on Mourinho his tactical options became more restricted as did his style of play but the first year with Robben and Duff etc was a joy to behold.

Wallace Poulter Wallace Poulter is an award winning video game producer, designer, industry consultant and writer. He has been a football fanatic since the day he moved in next door to Brian Clough. "Cloughie" being the acknowledged genius that he was promptly moved out and went to manage Derby. A serviceable senior school left-back in his youth, Poulter played one season of Sunday league football as a striker proving conclusively that he was a serviceable senior school left-back! Today Poulter remains involved with football as a licensed referee and most recently as a consultant on a Football MMO.

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