December 30, 2009
Argh... Stephen Ireland out for at least two weeks with a hamstring problem. I'll be very curious to see how this is addressed in the upcoming FA Cup 3rd Round tie against Middlesbrough. Do Bellamy and Robinho both start? Given the Brazilians away form this would seem to be unwise and even if you did would you play Robinho in the hole or Bellamy? Neither gives that late running onto the ball threat that makes Ireland so deadly.
December 29, 2009
Two victories against clubs that City should beat; more importantly two clean sheets for the maligned defense. Six points, five goals scored, Tevez on fire and huge optimism all around. And I'm going to talk about none of that...
December 23, 2009
The fall out continues over the Roberto Mancini press conference and Garry Cook. Been a while since Fleet Street has had so much collective fun as they take each and every sentence and spin all kinds of nonsense. Whatever. I grow bored of it already. Bottom line remains; Right move, wrong time and in the wrong way.
December 22, 2009
Oh dear. Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse City senior management showed an incredible lack of judgment and produced Garry Cook at yesterday's press unveiling of Roberto Mancini. Don't these people get basic media training?
December 21, 2009
City dominated the headlines this weekend, obviously, and yet lost in the excitement of the change at City there was a very curious weekend of football. For the second week in a row Liverpool and United lost while Chelsea drew and Arsenal and Villa won. I suspect it has been a very long time since United, Liverpool and Chelsea got one point between them and to have it happen in consecutive weeks speaks I think to the impatience of the City ownership. There really is an opportunity this year.
December 20, 2009
The right move at the wrong time and in the wrong way. In a quite farcical manner Mark Hughes has been replaced by Roberto Mancini as the manager of Manchester City. Pretty incredible that the board and senior executives with their actions and missteps have managed to turn Hughes into a sympathetic figure.
December 19, 2009
Fair to say that the media smells blood when it comes to Mark Hughes and just about every outlet is running some kind of story about how Hughes is about to lose his job. I don't get it. December 5th Hughes was overseeing a great revolution; Eleven days later the guys a bum that couldn't manage his way out of a wet paper bag! Weird, to put it mildly.
December 18, 2009
Media speculation has immediately suggested that Matthew Upson will be a target of City in January. It's possible that this will be the case and that other Premier League talents will be targeted in a continuation of the trend this past summer. That being said Hughes has a tremendous record in finding high quality players in Germany and I think this is the more logical choice in the transfer window.
December 17, 2009
I wonder if I am just contrary by nature. While the blogs this morning are full of anti Hughes rhetoric I find myself not particularly fussed by the loss to Spurs. It was thoroughly predictable and I don't mean that as some kind of attack on Hughes. Given that the entire left side of City's midfield and defense, Bellamy, Bridge and Lescott was out through injury and suspension and that Spurs are at their most dangerous attacking down their right flank I honestly couldn't see any other outcome regardless of the quality or effort put out by the players.
December 16, 2009
One of my favourite quotes is "Great minds think alike" not for the first part of the quote but for the second part that usually goes unquoted; "But Fools seldom differ." I was reminded of this when I came across the article in the Manchester Evening News by Paul Hince which advocates that City acquire Torres and Gerrard in the transfer window. Regular readers will recall my October 21st column that suggested the exact same thing and for the exact same reasons.
December 15, 2009
The large crashing sound that you hear is the result of a huge number of fans jumping off the bandwagon the week after the Chelsea victory had them clambering aboard. Ironic really because I thought the battling draw against Bolton, specifically coming back after Bellamy was sent off, was everything that is right about the Mark Hughes regime. No, I haven't suddenly turned into a Hughes apologist. I've said time and again that when appropriate I will compliment and this was the case this weekend.