Sky Sports (Andy Clarke): 10th
The Guardian (Barry Glendenning): 12th
The Times (Joe Lovejoy): 13th
Daily Mail: 11th
BBC (Mark Lawrenson): Mid-table finish at least, possibly pushing for a Uefa Cup place.
Below are the predictions taken from threads on some of the talkboards. I thought it would be interesting to compare them:
Bluemoon (registration required), Mancityfans, Citymancs, Wookie's Lair (reg rqd)
This month's 'Fish & Chip Wrapper Awards'
There's no shortage of candidates for August's Fish & Chip Wrapper Awards, but one person who won't be getting a nomination is Martin Samuel from The Times, who wrote this excellent article today. Here's an extract:
To read some of the more foam-flecked previews to the new football season, lovers of our national sport could be forgiven for thinking that on Saturday, arriving at the local stadium at the appointed time, they will be greeted by a nefarious cast of characters pitched somewhere between Fagin, Moriarty and the child-catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Pockets will be picked, evil unleashed and innocents dragged screaming to a fate unknown.
To listen to these pious sermons, sleaze, wickedness and corruption stalk our land, disguised as 22 men and a ball. This has been a summer of disgust and disgrace, infamy and injustice and many other adjectives with prefixes indicating negativity that fit tidily into headlines.
Still, it could be worse. We could be following tennis. Or cycling. Or motor racing. Or cricket. Or athletics. Is it only football that is dodgy? Do me a favour.
Samuel also points out that asking why Thaksin did not fall foul of the Premier League’s fit and proper persons is waste of time as to fail him 'would represent a legal judgment in excess of any supported by the British Government'.
A newspaper columnist talking sense about City and Thaksin? Sack this man now.
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