Manchester City Flying High


Sven Eriksson has already proved what an outstanding club manager he is, and he seems to have transformed Manchester City, Newcastle’s opponents tomorrow night, in a short five months.

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Sven Eriksson – transformed Manchester City in a short 5 months

Manchester City are positioned nicely in 5th place and it’s not beyond the realm of possibilities the team could qualify for the European Champions League next season. Mexico forward Nery Castillo has already joined on a 12-month loan but further signings are planned as Eriksson is looking to build on a hugely impressive first half of the campaign.

And with the success of his purchases in the summer, he is likely to get full backing from the new owner, Thaksin Shinawatra.  Sven brought in 8 players during the summer, very quickly, after he was appointed manager in early July.

Sven talked today about his rebuilding at the other Manchester club:

“The players we are discussing are big ones, who could cost a lot of money,”

“We are talking to agents and we are trying in this country as well as abroad. I think something else will happen in January and we will be having meetings over the next few days.”

“But it is difficult because we are working and the rest of Europe is on holiday, so it is hard to talk to people right now.”

Liverpool’s Peter Crouch may be a potential target of Sven’s, and that isn’t surprising, given Peter’s situation at Liverpool. His name keeps cropping up, but it looks like the chances of Sven moving for the 6’7″ striker are fairly slim.

City have made their best ever start in the Premier League under Eriksson and now have 36 points and 5th place is their highest position ever in January.  City have a full 10 points more than Newcastle United but most of their points – 28 points from 10 games – have come from home. They are not as good on the road and therefore hopes are high that Newcastle can get all 3 points tomorrow night.

We’ll have to wait and see on that but we should see a good game, because City play some very nice football.

Comments welcome.


56 comments so far

  • carl

    Jan 1, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #1

    the worrying thing is, sven has shown hes a better manager than sam by buying good foreign players and now hes ready to finish off his squad with high profile expensive players like he said above.sam aint even got our base squad right yet before thinking who can fine tune our team. we cannot make shitty, free agent signings etc.we need quality now

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  • Dragoner

    Jan 1, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #2

    Man City are going all or nothing for that fourth spot. The thing that makes me laugh is that sven intends on buying more. All he needs is a quality striker and thats it. This guy seems gready and city look like they are going for the chelsea route. Buy buy buy. I hope the players get unsettled due to the new buys and they underperform because this trully shows football going in the wrong direction.

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  • valle

    Jan 1, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #3

    Sven reminds me of another outstanding club manager named Martin Jol, and the outcome from the 2 clubs will be the same… City flying high?… City will fall hard

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  • carl

    Jan 1, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #4

    true to a point lads, but wouldnt you rather be where they are? playing their football? yes i believe they may come crashing down but you cant exactly say spurs have fallen hard can we. they are only two points behind us!! sams walking a tight rope now, and the whole management team for that fact.mort and ashley have got to back sam big time or we will be the ones worst off

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  • Dragoner

    Jan 1, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #5

    Another thing, Sven is a great manager and probably could get fourth spot with or without these “expensive signings”, it would just be a gradual thing of building up the squad and achieving it over a few years. But it just seems like the chairman wants instant success and knows little about football. All about the money. As we all know, more money, more expectation. Lets see how the city story unfolds.

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  • Toony

    Jan 1, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #6

    Carl about what you write. Sam dont just get shitty free transfer players. As far as i recall Viduka was one of his free transfer signings, and i hope we can agree that he is not a shitty player. Lets hope sam goes out again and gets good players cheap. Perhaps Wes brown this summer.

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  • carl

    Jan 1, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #7

    its a shame because its ruining the game but what can we do? we have to compete with them, in the long term and mostly the here and now, so this forces other clubs to do the same.well except us! all we want is a few quality, players.not much to ask for after the firts half of our dull drab season so far

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  • Bob

    Jan 1, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #8

    “Another thing, Sven is a great manager and probably could get fourth spot with or without these “expensive signings”, it would just be a gradual thing of building up the squad and achieving it over a few years. But it just seems like the chairman wants instant success and knows little about football. All about the money. As we all know, more money, more expectation. Lets see how the city story unfolds.”

    Agree, I think Sven could build some great foundations at City for long-term success but the chairman obviously wants it as quickly as possible…. big chance that it could go wrong.

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  • daveyboy

    Jan 1, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #9

    The buy buy buy quote from Dragoner just dosen`t make sense , as all clubs attempt to buy success, its just that city are now able to compete at the top end of the market. their manager has an extensive knowledge of world football and an extremely good academy which seems to provide 2-3 decent players a season, and in micah richards a potential great

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  • Pi55 Off Sam

    Jan 1, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #10

    It won’t go wrong at citeh lads it’s just wishful thinking on your behalf

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  • Belsize Blue

    Jan 1, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #11

    Valle, I see you point – I think the big difference is that Sven has got a very supportive Chairman in place who – similar in his political actions – takes the long view. Spurs, on the other hand, is a nest of vipers, with an unsupporting board.

    On spending big, yes, Sven spent 40m GBP during the Summer but he has spent wisely. For the same price, Spurs bought Bent for, we bought Elano, Petrov, Garrido and Fernandes. I know which side of the equation I prefer….

    Good luck for the rest of the season (but not tonight)

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  • carl

    Jan 1, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #12

    i dont care about citeh!? or any other team for that fact mate, just nufc. hope they do well, whats wrong with a new refreshing team in the league chalenging top 4 for once, its just we should be going in that direction

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  • Dragoner

    Jan 1, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #13

    i thought we played tomorrow??

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  • Pi55 Off Sam

    Jan 1, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #14

    Belsize Blue, we’re not playing tonight……. so if you are there’s something seriously wrong!

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  • carl

    Jan 1, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #15

    2moro night lads

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  • Elano's best goal ever

    Jan 1, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #16

    From a blue perspective we haven’t spent as much as Sunderland and generally you guys have outspent us for years. Against Liverpool 8 of our starting line up came from Pearce’s team last year. This obviously says more about the management than the cash spent.

    What about the 5.8 million spent on Joey ‘behind bars’ Barton? To think that I was actually gutted to see him leave. No direspect to you Geordies but I’ll bet you aren’t over the moon with this idiot.

    I have said on City forums that I would like Shay Given at City. What are the chances boys?

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  • Pi55 Off Sam

    Jan 1, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #17

    1945 kick off just to let you know lads, ok?

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  • Belsize Blue

    Jan 1, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #18

    Sorry lads, you’re right – tomorrow it is. Anyway, good luck with everything: it would be nice to see Newcastle up there again challenging for the top spots

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  • UTD111

    Jan 1, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #19

    Come on then – predictions for tomorrow? I reckon 3-1 United and the Black Bull will be full 10 mins before the final whistle as usual lol

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  • Blue yonder

    Jan 1, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #20

    Sven has bought well but City still have a nucleus of good home grown youngsters and a few more in the pipeline. The future is bright and for a good few years too.

    After the dross we’ve hada to put up with in recent years you can’t begrudge us a little success can you?

    Still think we might come unstuck at SJP though.

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  • Dragoner

    Jan 1, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #21

    If Sven was smart he would be looking at some young promising centre backs. Players who can learn from the current batch for the next 2 years. I say this as Micah has stated his desire to join Arsenal if the offer comes in, and Richard Dunne is 28 and in two years he may have dipped a bit.

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  • Dragoner

    Jan 1, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #22

    i reckon 2 – 2

    although i would like a 3 – 1 🙂

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  • Steeley

    Jan 1, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #23

    Think of all the aruments Fat Sam has mentioned for him not doing well “foreign players cant settle in”, “rome wast built in a day”, “i only have a squad with half the players I bought”, “we need a break at Christmas”….WHATEVER you Fat c*&t!! Look at this man…the most hated man in England not so long ago….and now even Ed has an article on him (which incidentally Ed, contradicts every single reason you support the whole “give Sam time” theory!)….this is someone who has come into the game and transformed a sinking ship! No “give him time”, no “he’s turning it round slowly but surely” – he’s winning games and getting Man City somewhere! Dont forget, this team were in (the old) 2nd Division not so long ago!!

    And for all of you Fat Sam supporters who say “but he was England manager…he knows the English game so he effectively has experience”….take a look at a certain Mr Ramos….no time needed there either!!! And they’re winning games 6-4….if only eh!?

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  • awc88

    Jan 1, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #24

    hmmm never heard sven constantly asking for time, or 5 years to get things right, puts the terrible job sam has done here into context doesnt it

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  • Dragoner

    Jan 1, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #25

    Steeley your point is invalid mate. Tottenham already had a good squad before Ramos came, and City have been backed with amazing funds. Neither of the points i have just mentioned apply to us. simple

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  • Dragoner

    Jan 1, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #26

    SVEN HAS BEEN BACKED WITH A LOT OF MONEY!!! why cant some people see this!?!

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  • carl

    Jan 1, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #27

    tooney, ok agree, but what i mean is sam has only ever been good at getting(bolton) players, he needs to change within himself and buy some flair players, its a different ball game now for him and hes got tochange quickly in his dealings

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  • Steeley

    Jan 1, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #28

    Take a bow Belsize Blue….please EVERYBODY who thinks of Fat Sam as a great manager….look at what he bought for the same as Spurs spent on Bent! That is a man who know what talent is! And he can manager players who havent had Prem experience, and cant always speak fluent English.

    Elano’s best goal ever – yeah Joey turned out to be a right buy didnt he….NOT! So much for Fat Sam being the best man manager ever and being able to tame even the hardest of chavs!! RE: Shay, bless the poor little leprechaun, he has a black and white heart the size of the millenium eye when it blinks….he’s with us through thick and thick and thin and I dont think he’ll leave whatever happens! By all accounts Sam has tested his patience this year with selection, but I think even the fat one has realised just how good the man is! I really do hope we win something while he’s still with us because he deserves it!!

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  • daveyboy

    Jan 1, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #29

    score tommorow 0-1 city , you havent got the guile to break us down.

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  • carl

    Jan 1, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #30

    yeah shame on sam for not making given captain.

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  • Steeley

    Jan 1, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #31

    Dragoner, my point is made all the more good because of the fact that Spurs had the team they had when Ramos arrived! It’s because he knows how to manager the team, and knows what tactics to use for certain matches!! It’s because he’s a good MANAGER!!! Unlike the Fat One who goes out to defend a 0-0 draw at the likes of Sunderland, Wigan and Derby!!

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  • carl

    Jan 1, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #32

    oh weve got the guile mate, just the manager doesnt use it.i say 2-2 if we play sams usual way and 3- 1 toon if he plays an attacking 442.

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  • Dragoner

    Jan 1, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #33

    Davey if Chelsea can score SIX i am sure we can score a couple lol

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  • Dragoner

    Jan 1, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #34

    Steeley are you trying to say Spurs did not have a good squad when Ramos arrived?

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  • Steeley

    Jan 1, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #35

    Dragoner – on a totally different point, Richard Dunne has come bloody good! I remember sing him a couple of seasons ago when he had put a couple of pounds on and thinking that was it for him! Look at what he’s proving nowadays…a bloody good defender!
    Taking nothing away at all from Micah Richards though, who’s been the Gem in Citeh’s crown! If only our good old Taylor could be as fruitful every game…. (and that’s not me having a go at him….consistency comes with experience thats all!)

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  • dchristi

    Jan 1, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #36

    I totally agree with you steeley…our team with BSA in charge is rubbish…far below City and Spurs in term of team play…even Martin Jol at spurs play much better than us rite now…only luck made us stay at 11th…

    Dragoner, I think even if BSA backed with amazing funds we will still be in the same positions…this guy only knows about text book long ball football

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  • Steeley

    Jan 1, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #37

    Dragoner – not at all. They had the squad but the manager at the time (Jol) seemed stagnant in his ways (sorry to mention it, but almost Bobby Robson-esque in his final days).

    The fact is that – like us – Spurs have a bloody good squad – but at the time they just werent performing how they should have done (take a bow Sam) and Ramos has come in and turned it round by getting the most out of the players he has! I hav no doubt that during the TX window Ramos will get rid of deadwood and bring in who he wants, but if I was a Spurs supporter I would respect that. As a Toon fan I resent whatever Sam does in this window as I have a feeling he will b making decisions which our new manager (fingers crossed!) will have to absorb around Feb time.

    In all fairness (as I mentioned on a previous thread) I am eternally grateful to Sam for what he has done to our defence (ie. got rid of the crap and got some good guys in), but the rest of actions as NUFC manager have been deplorable!

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  • carl

    Jan 1, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #38

    i have to agree, im sticking with sam in hope, hes been good at everything else but if anyone can remember back before the season, sam said he would play two types of football, attacking attractive at home and a more solid defensive away.this hasnt hapened and i hate to be lied to and its only sam himself thats needs to change and not solely the squad.

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  • Dragoner

    Jan 1, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #39

    Fair enough points Steeley, apart from liking the quality of our team to spurs, as i certainly do not believe we have a squad anywhere near as capable as them (i hate to admit it as i know a lot of yids). But i just think the guys deserves some time, he hasn’t been great, but if he is here we might as well back him as it is clear the chairman has no intention of simply following what the unhappy fans want, and sacking him. I think the problem Steeley is that you are already looking to the next manager we can get, and i think that has been the problem with Newcastle United in for years. Instead of grinding our way out of difficult situations, we just want to have the situation rectified immediately. It hasn’t worked in the past so lets try something new and stick with someone who is widely respected in the English football business. You never know, we might get lucky. If we dont and after a season and a half/two seasons we are still not at the level we want, then by all means get rid of Sam.

    COME ON FULHAM! BEAT THE LUCKY SCUM!!!

    i am hoping for 1 – 1 until the 90th minute when clint dempsey HANDBALLS it in but the officials dont notice. lol

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  • Pi55 Off Sam

    Jan 1, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #40

    Dragoner with all due respect Mort isn’t going to come out in the press and say Sam’s history when we find our man! We’re currently scouring the globe for his replacement. Sam’s an understanding guy and he knows what our intentions are. He’s just keeping the seat warm for our preferred manager!

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