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at this news
but AT WHAT COST??!!?? AT WHAT COST????!!!
I will never, ever forget you Kelvin. I didn't cry when I saw that busload of nuns and fluffy kittens crash in to that orphanage killing everyone in sight, but I'll cry today.
They sold 300 Kaka shirts they day he was unveiled
no Owen shirts sold by Manchester United.
I feel a bit bad for him, if I wasn't a grown-up then I'd consider buying one.
one of the most calamitous keepers we've ever had - and we've had Lionel Perez
is Matty Taylor scoring from 178 yards against him.
We're talking about one of the finest keepers ever to have graced this game of ours and you have to bring that $k@te bastard in to it.
I hope Eboue signs a new 6-year contract, buggernuts
Good news that, well done Ivan.
Hopefully this emans we might be splashing a few quid soon. Can we have a full season from you now please Robin? Thankyou! I always forget just how young he is. What a player.
for two months next season. I just hope that Arsene can work out how to get the best out of our forward players next season. Having Robin, Arshavin, Nasri, Walcott, Eduardo and Adebayor all thinking they are first team players, hopefully he can get the balance right.
Rosicky (hopefully) coming back from injury. Good to see him in training yesterday.
Melo has gone to Juve apparently :(
we are getting blaise matuidi instead. I don't know anything about him. Help please.
I seem to have better things to do then watch French football, however he seems to be another of these combative French-African midfielders that there seems to be loads of.
I'll go for that.
Wouldn't pay more then 3 million for him though.
No sorry, I've tried saying it really slowly a few times but I still can't get my head round it. Those words can never be used together.
French. Born in Toulouse. 22 years old. Height 1.75 m. Weight 70 kg. Played in every game for his team last season. Scored 2 goals, 6 yellows, 1 sending off.
Shorter than Vermaelen, a lot of height obsessed Gooners are going to be unimpressed with that
then people can't call him the new Vieria
I don't think too many people cared that Makelele was about 4ft.
but a lot of Arsenal fans were upset that Vermaelen was under 6 foot so I'd imagine a few will be annoyed by this guy's height if he signs.
Ridiculous being as Flamini and, briefly, Diarra both looked like good bets for the position and neither is particularly tall, but that won't stop some people.
Personally not too fussed, that position is about strength and intelligence more than sheer size and our perceived weakness from crosses, set pieces is as much about organisation as any lack of height.
"Likes to play the game in a simple way - he’s about passing and movement. He tends to attempt to thread balls through to advancing winger and the forward line, but will also sit deep and try to break up opposition attacks.
He’s quick, agile and has a tremendous work rate. However it is his range of passing that generally catches the eye most.
He may need to bulk up a tad to really mix it in a more physically demanding league, such as the Premier League. His goals-to-games ratio leaves a lot to be desired too."
Adebayor or Eduardo up top with, from right to left, RVP, Arshavin and Rosicky behind.
I don't think Nasri or Walcott are ready to be first choice yet, but with our normal luck with injuries they'll get plenty of games.
All seems so simple, but I have a horrible feeling Wenger has convinced himself Cesc can play just behind the striker - he definitely can't.
Just you wait. I have never been so sure of anything in my life.
will be doing well if he is on the bench by December.
and there's a decent chance you will be
though the Rosicky thing is perfectly plausible too sadly
will be the two best wingers next year.
I think he can be a key player in a central role. I don't think i've seen him give the ball away more than 5 times.
but I guess it'll depend on the formation this season. Can't see it in a 4-4-2 as he and Cesc would get overrun, the 4-2-3-1 that we finished 08/09 with could work though.
He had a few little flashes playing as one of the deeper lying 2 towards the end of the season, but I'd like to see him in the attacking 3 with Cesc dropping back a bit where he'll have more time and space to pick passes and his lack of pace won't be exposed as much.
Either way he's going to be exceptional in the next few years
i think Van Persie's going to be crucial in the next few seasons. absolutely crucial. he's the kind of player who can win a game out of nothing
who can get sent off out of nothing and get injured out of nothing. I really hope all of that is behind him now.
but it's nowhere near as bad as Rooney's, to take one example, and he seems to get a lot more flak for it than is deserved
ridiculously poor offside decisions.
I'M NOT BITTER. SHUT UP, LEAVE ME ALONE. I'M GOING HOME.
remember a few seasons back when he had a perfectly good goal disallowed at highbury? and chelsea went on to win 2-0? swings and roundabouts innit
No Premiership/Football League stuff on there, deliberately, and looks like they've got about 30 or so people to do what Tony managed on his own!
from the Everett True of broadsheet sports journalism
then he'd only like womens football and he would constantly mention about how he got Posh and Becks together. ;-D
"Just as a caveat though... although it's certainly a potent image, does nobody else find the depiction of a middle-eastern man in traditional garb superimposed onto a currency note a little offensive?.. I may be overreacting, but are we not simply rehearsing prejudicial and even racist ethnic associations?... just a thought"
"...all they actually managed to achieve was the not inconsiderable feat of making Chelsea look shrewd and financially astute.
"Terry is a good player but by no means the only decent centre-half knocking around. He does not have enough years left to be value for the kind of stupid money City were talking..."
Surely if he wouldn't be value for City at that price, the "shrewd and financially astute" thing for Chelsea to do would be to sell?
Chelsea never chucked money about in quite the same fashion? At no point did we bid £35m + for a grandstand, "marquee" signing (we might have done this summer, mind). We just bought loads of almost worldclass players for £25m instead, wahey!
was more that City shouldn't be setting out to make these grand marquee signings. Hughes seemed to be against it when the takeover happened and you yourself were certainly favouring the slow burn approach of building a *team* gradually and growing more organically back in September/October last year.
It's not about the packages that are being put on the table, it's the actual targets for me. Even when Chelsea were throwing money around, it appeared to serve more purpose in terms of building the squad that some of City's targets do.
The more Man City go for players like Terry, Kaka and Eto'o and get knocked back the sillier they look. They seem to determined to sign a superstar as a statement of intent but they'd be much better off buying damn good players without going for huge names. I mean players like Kompany, De Jong and Zaballetta were all highly-regarded players but not major stars and they made a lot of sense. Even more players like Robinho who are damn good players at major clubs but not integral to those clubs are going to be persuadable. I think constantly being rejected is a silly strategy given if they set their sights slightly lower they'd have no problems attracting damn good players.
I think Barry and Lescott are exactly the kind of players Man City should be looking at at the moment.
I just think they'd be better laying off the major major global superstars at the moment.
taking out an advert in the tabloids saying she didn't want to sleep with Kik. And then you saying well you didn't ask her to so I haven't been rejected.
at the stage that City are currently at.
Marquee signings - as their name suggests - actually serve very little purpose other than making a "statement of intent". Speaking generally, they're far more divisive in the dressing room (they can breed resentment from the 'non-marquee' players), often underperform since they're undermotivated (no Champions League football, little chance of trophies) and the ones that are truely at the top of their game in terms of talent and skill (Ronaldo/Zidane-esque) can often get incredibly frustrated with team mates that don't have the ability to play around them at a similar level.
Hughes' signings since the money, on the whole and as you say, have actually been pretty good, which actually makes me wonder if these big names are really his targets or the board have more said "would you like Xxxxx in your squad?" - he's hardly going to say no to Kaka/Terry/Robinho. I know denials have been issued on this point, but no-one's going to actually come out and say that someone else is directing transfer policy in any case whether it's true or not, are they?
a) that's not gonna happen
b) that's definitely not gonna happen
c) If it does happen (which it definitely definitely won't) I think I'd actually put City in the "automatic promotion candidate" bracket.
relegated for sure.
only one team in brizzle etc etc
Is set to sign / has signed for Manchester United (this one seems to be dragging on a bit) for around £3m.
By all accounts he's got the pace and skills, just hasn't developed at lower clubs. Looks like it's just a signing in the hope of him coming good. I watched a couple of youtube videos briefly, and he looks like a pacy, skilful, ineffective winger, who can also play upfront - although he drifts out wide to the left a lot. And is French. And a bit sulky looking.
OMG HE'S THE NEW HENRY
Since it seems to be £3 million it's probably a risk worth taking.
he's effectively a like for like replacement for Lee Martin. with a good deal more potential.
well worth a risk for 3 million.
But sounds pretty much spot on :)
I said 2 years ago on this site that he was one of the most promising players in the world.
He hasn't do well so far because neither Blanc or Gourcuff were interested by his way of playing.
But I can imagine him doing well for Manchester United.
is he actually any good? Anyone?
he's fat slow and rubbish.
he's a complete and utter piece of shit.
He's this season's Gareth Barry. Only for some reason annoying me at least ten times more.
I'm pretty sure Buck/Kenyon would be pleased if it was someone of Ribery's stature for off-the-pitch reasons but it doesn't seem likely to me.
We'll court Ribery all summer, get nowhere, bung in a £25m bid for Wesley Sneijder at the last minute, piss Perez off by printing up some replica shirts with Sneijder's name on the back before pen has gone to paper and then City will swoop in and sign another geographically confuzzled superstar. You read it here first.
Carlo will stick with his tried and tested christmas tree, cramming everything through the middle. If it worked for AC and it worked for Chelsea before then it'll work again. Oh wait, it didn't work
Totally crazy !
look to move TO Champions League clubs.
If he hands in a transfer request, Chelsea can be all, "hey guys we didn't want him to leave, but, y'know..", then trouser lots of cash and spend it on a centre-back who isn't a lumbering buffoon with dirty chav hair.
Man City will get a big name, prove they can sign the England captain, and also he'll probably be pretty good at shouting at other people in the team to make them step up a gear.
All the fans will feel that this is another great reason to abuse Terry, this time for being a greedy bumhole.
FINE BY ME :)
forgot about that bit :D
if that's the first choice 11
he can tackle, not gonna get beaten for pace, and the only place in the team where he's not going to be second best (unless Tevez falls through).
It would be funny if Terry comes through, although he's definitely not what we need on a lot of levels. Isn't his back turning into a Ledleyesque issue? Get someone younger and hungrier like Lescott. In fact, the only thing Terry provides is a showbiz draw and some hip-swivelling willy windmilling
Tuncay being courted by Everton
Villa to make £18 move for Tuncay and Downing
I'm not sure I'd touch the other two with your club
O'Neill's got more money than sense. F*ck me.
It was later clarified he had permission to be absent. Unlike the other two.
he doesn't really deserve to be down there
he's leaving tomorrow.
The fact Bruce Buck has appeared in public means Chelsea must be taking this seriously!
He answered a few questions for the press and website, one happened to be about Terry.
"ESPN also announced that the live games will be produced by Sky Sports, but carry the branding of the American sports company."
Good news. Sky are the best of the lot when it comes to showing footy. I even like the fact they've got Martin 'this is the 39th time Chelsea have scored in the 70th minute and won by 2 goals' Tyler and Andy Gray, because it gives people stuff to shout 'fuck off' about.
while they build it up to a level where it starts to make money. Their Premier League deal is vastly cheaper than Setanta's was, plus they (so far) haven't spent stupid money on the other events Setanta did. They probably won't need anywhere near the 1.7m subscribers that the Irish mob did to break even.
We want £36 mil for him but it's too high for Real who are now after De Rossi.
Let's hope it stays that way.
i wouldn't be suprised if they sign both.
he wants to change the negative outlook of City fans. Yeah mate, good look with that.
Apparently he doesn't like "typical City".. i guess when City stop being typically City then we might be able to abandon it. He's also not a fan of "City til i die". Right. Ok. I see. Cheers
I do take his point about "typical City" though - it is implicitly negative, even if it's not intended to be.
but it's a product rather than a cause. To change the atmosphere around the club you have to worry about things on the pitch first and foremost, not what the fans are jokingly saying. When we get beaten by Nottingham Forest.
And to say CTID whooshed over his head and took his scalp clean off might be putting too fine a point on it. Although he's not the kind of guy you'd expect to know about loyalty.
Quite frankly, the more the bloke's ridiculed the better. He makes Peter Kenyon seem quite sane.
Cook clearly doesn't have a scooby about the former and on occasions it appears a little questionable how much he understands about the latter. Kenyon's probably the more damaging because he knows what he's doing, but that's exactly what my point is... Cook doesn't.
but anyways, Emmanuel Adebayor Brochure:
What a load of shit. Properly grasping at straws there. A Terry/Man City deal depends on one thing and one thing only: the whim of one Roman Abramovich. He reportedly threatened to fuck Super Frank into the reserves for the remainder of his contract last year and he could easily do the same here.
Should this transfer go ahead (and if it does, I expect Jesus to be making a comeback shortly after), it will have nothing to do with Umbro. Or Peter Cook. Or Man City. Or even John Terry. It will come down to whether or not Abramovich decides he has bigger fish to fry.
under certain circumstances. Terry doesn't meet them (he's not far enough into his contract). Clubs can still hang on to their players against their will for quite lengthy periods, if not their entire contract.
If Abramovich doesn't want to sell, he won't. It doesn't make for the best business model admittedly and masybe doesn't make sense, but when you've just spunked away £350m or yet another yacht, not many of your decisions have to.
It's all academic anyway.
Markus Liebherr is a billionaire and I love him. Sign Graeme Murty, get rid of BWP and we'll be on our way to League One mid-table respectability.
This is an even better ending to this sorry tale than I could ever have imagined. I'm deffo at St Mary's 8th August first game of the season V Millwall.
Strangely, I haven't really celebrated tonight. But I've been sitting here in a warm glow.
I've wanted him to come to Birmingham for ages now, just get the deal done, nobody else wants him I do and we as a club should. Mcleish can kick his ass if he get a bit carried away. Him and Bowyer in the middle next season is going to be fantastic!
My only concern will be who will take drop ball as the only time i saw Bowyer at full speed was to take one and promptly smash a pala ce player in the knee, brilliant.
Bowyer joins Christian Benitez, Stephen Carr, Scott Dann, Roger Johnson, Joe Hart and Giovanny Espinoza in signing for Birmingham this summer. <- add to this Barton and Viera and we're sorted ; )
Dear oh dear....
makes me want to cry.
in the same team as Patrick Vieira too.
i'm surprised to read he can still walk. he was a total crip last time i heard about him.
be the one club that actually gets wound up by one of those orders.
a release clause. Most of them are completely ridiculous.