Monday, July 09, 2007

If Man City was a book it would be called 'Great Expectations'..

The story of Manchester City's recent history is one that is littered with managerial casualties, the latest into the breach is of course Sven-Goran Eriksson. The former England manager gave his first press conference last week, the contents of which sounded pre-scripted, as we've heard it all before 'City are a big club' was mentioned six times and 'we will soon be competing with Manchester United' blah, blah, blah. Kevin Keegan came out with this same old tripe as have a few others.

It's one thing trying to kid some of the people some of the time, but football fans know that you cannot kid the fans all of the time and we all know that there's leagues within leagues in England's top division.

The fact of the matter is that City will do well to avoid being embroilled in a relegation dog fight along with the rest of the also-rans, and the good news for Blues fans is that there's plenty of contenders who could slide down the Premiership greasy pole into the bleak house that is the Championship.

Any of the following clubs could be down among the dead-men this coming season Fulham, Derby, Wigan, Bolton, Birmingham, Reading and Sunderland.

Eriksson says that his recent hiatus from football has been the most stressful time of his career so far, but should things go pear shaped this season, you do wonder how stressful things will get in his new job.

For now it's a case of great expectations, but chances are it will be the usual tale of two City's, the same as on previous occasions after a new managerial appointment, the talk never matches the reality but it makes good fiction...

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