July 31, 2009
Sir Bobby Robson February 18 1933 - July 31 2009
Player, England International, Manager, England Manager.
A Winner and a Gentleman in a day and age where both are seemingly beyond most.
July 30, 2009
Quite simply the most stupid move that City have made in the last decade. Galatasaray have signed Elano and as you would suspect I am beyond annoyed. On a day when the City faithful should have been celebrating the arrival of Kolo Toure and the long term commitment to Nedum Onuoha we instead find that the team's only quality dead ball specialist is off to Turkey. Unbelievably stupid.
July 27, 2009
Good. John Terry isn't coming. No need to repeat my reasoning from columns past, but long term I believe we will look back and consider ourselves fortunate that we didn't sign the Chelsea captain to a five year deal. The off season has seen the club, other than the Eto'o flirtation, target established Premier League stars. Fairly transparently this is because Hughes doesn't have any more time. He has to achieve the top six target of the Chairman and as such has little time for players from other leagues to find their feet.
July 21, 2009
The other shoe has dropped, as we suspected it would, and having been left at home for the South African tour it is now pretty obvious that Elano is on his way out of the club. I am really annoyed at this. It is everything that is wrong about Hughes and lends credence to the opinion of many that Hughes is incapable of managing superstar players. I'm sorry, I don't care how many great players we bring in from different countries if a player starts for Brazil and can't make it into the line up at City the presumption until proven otherwise is that it is the fault of the manager not the player.
July 20, 2009
July 19th 2009. Mark this day down. This is the day the universe changed, or at least the footballing world as we know it.
This isn't about the signing of a player, or two or five. City fans are a resilient lot. We take the good and the bad generally with a wry smile. There's a history to the club, a pedigree, and most of us fully acknowledge the barren silverware period that the club has endured these past 33 years. City have for most of our living memory always been somewhat of a punch line, the glory days of the 50's long gone.
July 19, 2009
Various reports today that Chelsea are going to report City for tapping up John Terry. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black or have we forgotten the SWP and Daniel Sturridge pursuit by Chelsea. I have no problem with them filing such a claim as long as City can retroactively file for the previous two players. Frankly I wish the FA would throw the book at Chelsea. Do we have to point out, again, that it was Chelsea not City that chose to publicize the bid that City made in private.
July 18, 2009
I find the moves and the proposed moves in the transfer market rather interesting. The top six clubs in the Premier League at the end of last year were Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton and Aston Villa. We have acquired Carlos Tevez from United, been linked at one point with Xabi Alonso, gone hard after John Terry, said to be close to signing Emmanuel Adebayor, have apparently put in a bid for Joleon Lescott and signed Gareth Barry and Stuart Taylor.
July 14, 2009
You know, I don't know what is more interesting. That City have signed such a talented striker as Carlos Tevez or that the fans of Real Madrid's feeder club are going absolutely apoplectic online at the news. Acting almost as nuts as the Liverpool fans when Owen signed for said same outfit.
July 12, 2009
I've got a sneaking suspicion that City are going to end up with John Terry. I can't give you a specific reason, just this nagging feeling. So let me go on record before it happens. I think this is a really bad idea.
Let me also quantify this. I understand, or at least I believe I understand, what Mark Hughes is looking to accomplish with the signing. It is a statement of intent.
July 10, 2009
John Terry may or not be upset at Chelsea and as such the England captain may or may not be interested in joining City. Wayne Bridge may or may not be the individual behind the attempt to get Terry to come to the City of Manchester Stadium. Carlos Tevez is apparently lost somewhere, probably in the neutral zone and a Romulan battle Cruiser has been sent to try and find him.
July 7, 2009
The John Terry saga rumbles on and if possible makes less sense today than it did yesterday. New Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti was unveiled and announced that John Terry is at Chelsea for "life." Ok great, but the entire media episode has been manufactured by Chelsea posting a notice that they had turned down an offer for Terry. At no point has City even acknowledged that they made a bid for the England captain.
July 6, 2009
The phrase lull before the storm is an over used one at the best of times, but I don't think I'm the only one who has the sense of impending madness. All indications are that Carlos Tevez will finally make his oft talked about move and the chatter continues about Samuel Eto'o and John Terry with occasional Joleon Lescott murmurings! Love the bit in The Sun that says that Mark Hughes and Terry were in the same hotel for their holidays. That will keep the conspiracy theories going for at least another week.
July 5, 2009
Two of the players who I've talked about more than most on these pages left the club earlier in the week. Dietmar Hamann was, along with Michael Johnson, the key to the fantastic start the club had under Sven and the failure of Mark Hughes to realize that remains one of my biggest complaints about the manager.
It spoke volumes to me that Nigel de Jong was such a vital signing last January, specifically to fill the Hamann role. Given the capture of the Dutch international it was inevitable that Hamann would leave. A class player and we wish him well.