Newsletter #1908

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Well we have the first of the summer arrivals through the door with the arrival of the Fernandinho (hopefully no relation to Rio) and, except for formalities, the genuinely exciting talent of Jesus Navas at God’s own club.

The element of surprise is that they have arrived before the new manager is in place. Though this may be the new way of things in our new holistic world!

Congratulations to Paul Lake on his exciting move to the FA, though commiserations to Richard Dunne and Carlo Nash who both find themselves out of contract.

Next Game: tbc


… and Txixi for Mancini – (I’ll get me coat).

It was ever thus that Bobby would eventually go, but the lack of elegance in which people leave the club is still quite tactless. I don’t necessarily disagree with the decision to let Bobby Manc depart but the manner is still ham-fisted and “City-esque” despite many things having changed.

One thought that struck me, which is a tad contradictory. The two top Football Directors (ex-Barcelona) at City – Begiristain (Sp) and Soriano (Sp) are pulling the strings. Clearly Mancini was not one of their signings and they therefore wanted “their man” in the chair, hence the appointment of Pellegrini. Bienvenidos á Manchester Señor Pellegrini.

Seemingly the two top boys will “direct” i.e. do the transfers, negotiate, ship out the dead wood, change the direction of the club, formulate the strategy. Evidence of this is that Jesus Navas has arrived before Pellegrini has been officially appointed. Buenos Dias Jesus (“hey zues”). This appears to be the continental style of having Directors of Football They will direct and Pellegrini will therefore coach (as opposed to manage). I have no problem with this model.


Upon the dismissal of Mancini, the Club issued a statement that they wanted someone with a “holistic” approach. This caused much hilarity and mock scoffing in the media as use of such word “holistic” in football terms is forbidden. University graduates such as Hawksbee and Jacobs scoffing at the word as if they have never heard it before and pretending to not know what it means; this faux pretence to be dense is quite risible. The question is: does it help them to bond with their “white van man” demographic by mocking a word they pretend not to know?


The statement intimated that MCFC wanted more than just a coach, they want someone with a holistic approach (a whole approach), with responsibility beyond just the players and the team – they wanted much more, succession planning, youth development, academy plans, sponsorship etc. Contradictory!

I could use some clarification on this.

Phil Lines <phil.lines(at)>


Final League table 2012 / 2013

                        P / GD / Pts
 1 Manchester Utd      38 / 43 / 89 CLQ
 2 Manchester City     38 / 32 / 78 CLQ
 3 Chelsea             38 / 36 / 75 CLQ
 4 Arsenal             38 / 35 / 73
 5 Tottenham Hotspur   38 / 20 / 72
 6 Everton             38 / 15 / 63
 7 Liverpool           38 / 28 / 61
 8 West Bromwich Alb   38 / -4 / 49
 9 Swansea City        38 / -4 / 46 ELQ
10 West Ham Utd        38 / -8 / 46
11 Norwich City        38 /-17 / 44
12 Fulham              38 /-10 / 43
13 Stoke City          38 /-11 / 42
14 Newcastle Utd       38 /-23 / 41
15 Southampton         38 /-11 / 41
16 Aston Villa         38 /-22 / 41
17 Sunderland          38 /-13 / 39
18 Wigan Athletic      38 /-26 / 36 R/ELQ
19 Reading             38 /-30 / 28 R
20 QPR                 38 /-30 / 25 R

With thanks to Football 365

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