Roll up, Roll up.. the circus is coming to town

Last updated : 22 June 2007 By Ben Collins
The ex-Thai PM has acquired a controlling stake in the Blues and will become the new chairman. John Wardle will remain on the board as deputy chairman, while chief executive Alistair Mackintosh and Bryan Bodek will also stay on.

Former City striker Dennis Tueart has been asked to resign from the board and Mark Boler will sell his family trust's 18.75% share. Thaksin's son, Panthongtae, will therefore join the City board along with his sister, Pintongta, who will become City's first female director.

Thaksin has also confirmed talks with Sven-Goran Eriksson, who is considering a £2m-a-year deal to become City manager.

I was never a fan of the former England boss and he showed exactly why again when he was a studio guest during Sky's La Liga coverage last Sunday.
Asked whether Barca should sell Ronaldinho, his reply was along the lines of 'it's difficult to get rid of great players'. It was left to journalist Guillem Balague to point out that although you may have a great player, you should consider getting rid if he prevents the rest of the team playing at their best.

This concept seemed lost on Sven and his look seemed to say 'gee, I never thought of that', which perhaps explains why he could never drop Gerrard, Lampard or Beckham.

I always said Eriksson was over-rated because he couldn't think on his feet or make tough decisions, and that he only succeeded in club football because he had money to spend.

And that's when it occurred to me he could well be the perfect candidate because he will have money to spend.. and lots of it.

The media circus will follow Sven but that is because he is a genuine high-profile coach. Let's not forget United were after him, along with Chelsea and Newcastle, and his appointment would be a serious coup for City.

He will attract big-name players to City, similar to the effect of Kevin Keegan but even more so. People will take us seriously again, and who knows, we may just deliver.

I've taken some convincing about Thaksin but now I think what the hell, let's just roll with it. Let's get Sven in and see where it takes us. It may be another circus but isn't that what supporting City is all about?