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A "Kinky" Comeback

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MCFCDAP's avatar Group MCFCDAP 2012-12-24 11:52
00 518 posts 21 likes joined Oct 24, 2012
During the 90’s Manchester City had little to cheer about, relegation from the Premier League in the 1995/96 season and then 2 years later dropping to the 3rd tier of English football, times were tough being a City fan. The players the club had were average but one man shone above the rest, one of the greatest players to grace the field of the great old ground Maine Road, that man was Georgi Kinkladze.

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Gio, as he was known by the fans, was skillful, fast and could create a moment of magic from nothing, unfortunately his time with the club saw them relegated twice and his work-rate for the team questioned on several occasions but when he had the ball everyone was on the edge of their seat. In 1998, Joe Royle took over at Man City and regarding Gio as an “unaffordable luxury” and in the summer he was sold for £5m to Ajax, where his career started on a downward spiral and he never hit the heights, in terms of performances, like he did at City.

The little Georgian made 405 appearances as a club player, scoring 90 goals and also represented his country 57 times, scoring 9 goals. Gio will always be a cult-hero at Manchester City and this is where my story begins!
The FM Rookie's avatar Group The FM Rookie 2012-12-24 11:55
ie 1300 posts 216 likes joined Jul 29, 2012
Georgi Knikladze!! :D Glad to see a story about him :P

Good luck
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Blue's avatar Group Blue 2012-12-24 12:09
gb 2310 posts 305 likes joined Jun 30, 2012
Kinkladze :D never saw him play, but did a story with him a bit ago. Will definitely be following mate!
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Glenn T's avatar Group Glenn T 2012-12-24 12:10
sg 4658 posts 450 likes joined Jun 02, 2012
Keep going mate!
MCFCDAP's avatar Group MCFCDAP 2012-12-24 12:11
00 518 posts 21 likes joined Oct 24, 2012
Thanks for the support lads :)

You missed out on seeing him play mate, plenty of vids on youtube of him and i started reading your story because we spoke about it, the goal against Southampton is still probably the best goal i've seen live.
Blue's avatar Group Blue 2012-12-24 12:47
gb 2310 posts 305 likes joined Jun 30, 2012
2012-12-24 12:11#73636 MCFCDAP : Thanks for the support lads :)

You missed out on seeing him play mate, plenty of vids on youtube of him and i started reading your story because we spoke about it, the goal against Southampton is still probably the best goal i've seen live.
It's a greatgoal, but I can think of one that means more to me :P
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MCFCDAP's avatar Group MCFCDAP 2012-12-24 13:07
00 518 posts 21 likes joined Oct 24, 2012


May 27th 2012 – Mancini Resigns

Two weeks after one of the greatest days in Premier League history, Roberto Mancini has stepped down as manager of Manchester City. Mancini delivered what the fans wanted, first he brought the FA Cup to Manchester City to end their long wait for a trophy and then on the 13th May he delivered the Premier League, City’s first league title for 44 years.

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Mancini said, “How can I carry on after that? That is the greatest thing to ever happen in football, the best comeback ever! Manchester City fans deserve this for everything they have been through and this club will always be in my heart!” He also thanked for Chairman, the owner and all his staff for everything they had done and said he would be returning to Italy to be with his father, and the rest of his family.

Sky Sports News are reporting that the early favourite for the job is Pep Guardiola, who said he would take a year out of the game after Barcelona but could be tempted by City’s millions and the squad, with several other big names in the hunt, including Real Madrid’s Jose Mourinho, unemployed Rafa Benitez, former Spurs man Harry Redknapp & surprisingly Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger.
Bronzy's avatar Group Bronzy 2012-12-24 13:08
gb 60 posts 3 likes joined Dec 08, 2012
2012-12-24 12:47#73645 manchesterblue97 :
2012-12-24 12:11#73636 MCFCDAP : Thanks for the support lads :)

You missed out on seeing him play mate, plenty of vids on youtube of him and i started reading your story because we spoke about it, the goal against Southampton is still probably the best goal i've seen live.
It's a greatgoal, but I can think of one that means more to me :P

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAc8JooS3MY


:P
The FM Rookie's avatar Group The FM Rookie 2012-12-24 13:29
ie 1300 posts 216 likes joined Jul 29, 2012
2012-12-24 13:08#73648 Bronzy :
2012-12-24 12:47#73645 manchesterblue97 :
2012-12-24 12:11#73636 MCFCDAP : Thanks for the support lads :)

You missed out on seeing him play mate, plenty of vids on youtube of him and i started reading your story because we spoke about it, the goal against Southampton is still probably the best goal i've seen live.
It's a greatgoal, but I can think of one that means more to me :P

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAc8JooS3MY


:P
I think Nasri's finesse in this finish beats that! :P

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSouJvKcR5U
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MCFCDAP's avatar Group MCFCDAP 2012-12-24 14:38
00 518 posts 21 likes joined Oct 24, 2012
Is my story ok up to now guys? Don't wana do something if no-ones reading or it just doesnt seem good enough?
The FM Rookie's avatar Group The FM Rookie 2012-12-24 14:40
ie 1300 posts 216 likes joined Jul 29, 2012
I'm reading :)
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MCFCDAP's avatar Group MCFCDAP 2012-12-24 14:51
00 518 posts 21 likes joined Oct 24, 2012


June 2nd 2012 – Guardiola Rejects Champions Man City

The Manchester City hierarchy have received a huge blow today as Pep Guardiola has distanced himself from speculation regarding the job at the Etihad Stadium. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph where Guardiola spoke about his time at Barcelona, Lionel Messi and the his future, Pep said he intended to take a full year out of the game, “I enjoyed my time at Barcelona but I feel I need a break, I’ve won a lot of things and was under a lot of pressure but right now I just want to spend some time with my family and enjoy it. Manchester City is a great club but now is not the time, maybe in the future.”



June 3rd 2012 – A Big Shock at the Etihad?

Although this comes as a big blow to the Club, Man City show no signs of slowing down in their bid to get a new manager in place as soon as possible. Sources at the Club have also said there is no chance they will be approaching Jose Mourinho or Arsene Wenger and are looking a little “closer to home” for their new man.

Speculation has grown following the news, especially on Twitter, that a former player could be in the running with several tweets between ex-players fueling speculation, former City Chairman Francis Lee tweeted, “Spoke to a little Georgian genius before & he is currently in Manchester, meeting up for a coffee later #thefuture”. This prompting Rodney Marsh to reply “So it is true? Big shock in my opinion but the fans will love him! #GioIsBack”
MCFCDAP's avatar Group MCFCDAP 2012-12-24 22:03
00 518 posts 21 likes joined Oct 24, 2012


June 26th 2012 – Manchester City name new Manager

Club Statement – Manchester City Football Club are happy and proud to announce they have appointment a new manager. After an extensive search, the Club has agreed an initial 1 year contract with former player, Georgi kinkladze. The former Georgian international played for City for 3 years in the mid-90s and is still a crowd favourite.

Georgi will receive the full backing of the board and we hope our fans welcome our new manager as we would expect.

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Manchester City name Kinkladze as the man to replace Roberto Mancini. He is an unproven manager but is sure to get a great reception from the fans at the Club. A press conference has been called for tomorrow to unveil their new man.

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Former MCFC Chairman Francis Lee – “Brilliant to see Gio back at #MCFC! I’m convinced he will carry on Mancini’s work #Champion”

Ex-player Kevin Horlock – “Gio back at City? What a move, a great player and I’m sure he’ll do a great job!”

Brentford manager Uwe Rosler, “Good luck to Gio at City! Happy to see an old friend at a top club like City! All the best! #GioIsBack”
This post was edited by MCFCDAP (2012-12-24 22:45, 6 years ago)
MCFCDAP's avatar Group MCFCDAP 2012-12-27 19:58
00 518 posts 21 likes joined Oct 24, 2012
Day 1 – Meeting the Chairman and the staff

“This place has changed so much since I was here”, I said to my driver as we pulled at Carrington. He laughed and replied, “yes they certainly have, not quite Platt Lane is it?” I just nodded and agreed.

As we pulled up at the main entrance and I stepped out of the car, I looked around and realised this was my future, this is where I could make a name for myself as a manager and this is the Club I love.

I approached the main doors and standing on the other side was the Chairman, Khaldoon Al Mubarak. A firm handshake took place and Mr Al Mubarak greeted me, “Hello Mr Kinkladze, it’s nice to see you again and we can’t wait to get started. Firstly we’ll have a quick chat about the owners vision for the club and then, if its ok with you, you’ll have a chance to meet Brian Kidd who is the current assistant manager at the Club”. I smiled and replied, “Thank you Sir, all of that sounds fine to me and I look forward to meeting Mr Kidd”.

After a meeting that lasted close to an hour, I left the Chairman’s office and was happy with what had been agreed. A budget was set at £42.28m to spend and a wage budget of around £3m per week, there was room for flexibility in the budget but I was quite happy with how it was. I would be required to play attacking football and also purchase big name players, both of which I was more than happy with and was confident and providing the club with both.

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MCFCDAP's avatar Group MCFCDAP 2012-12-27 20:23
00 518 posts 21 likes joined Oct 24, 2012
I then had a meeting with my assistant manager, Brian Kidd. He gave me suggestions on set piece takers and how the squad was looking; I was very impressed with what he told me and didn’t see much improving being needed in the squad.

Goalkeepers and Defenders …..

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Personally, I felt I had the best goalkeeper in the league but would definitely be looking at signing a 3rd keeper, or even someone to potentially challenge Hart for the starting role.

In defence, I was happy with the centre backs I had at my disposal. Vincent Kompany was key to the club winning the league last year and would be continuing as Club captain, Lescott was a great partner for Kompany and he would be challenge by the young, up and coming defender Matija Nastasic. After them 3, I feel the there is a slight lack of depth, Kolo Toure wasn’t good enough anymore and Micah Richards is more of a right back, and although in the reserves I had players like Karim Rekik, I would definitely be looking into purchasing a new centre back.

A full back I couldn’t be happier, there was great competition at right back with Richards, Zabaleta and newly signed Maicon and at left back, Gael Clichy would probably start but Kolarov would definitely play a part in the season.

Midfielders and Attackers ….

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In midfield we were very strong in all areas and had potential to play many different formations. Holding midfielders we had Yaya Toure, Gareth Barry, Javi Garcia, James Milner, Jack Rodwell and the young Ivorian Abdul Rasak.

The option is there as well to push Yaya further forward and play him alongside one of the many creative sparks in the midfield, David Silva would obviously be the main man, but Samir Nasri is also very capable, along with Sergio Aguero who can play in an attacking midfield area. And out wide we could play Silva, Nasri, Milner and the new signing Scott Sinclair.

Up front was class. Four of the best strikers I could possibly as for. The man who scored that goal on May 13th, Sergio Aguero, his compatriot Carlos Tevez, the Bosnian star in Edin Dzeko and then of course, the ever controversial Mario Balotelli. I also had a young Swedish striker called John Guidetti, who would be more than likely loaned out to a Premier League side for the season with a strong view to him challenging for a first team place to City next year.


The afternoon of my first day gave me an opportunity to meet the players; one by one they entered the room, each in their own style. Some of them knew who I was anyway so were happy to acknowledge me stood by the door. I introduced myself to the squad and what a reaction I got. Vincent Kompany responded to my introduction by spurring on the team to play for the manager and keep the title at the Etihad Stadium. After being a little nervous at the beginning of the meeting, I was feeling a whole lot better after the way to squad reacted to me and my visions for the season.

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