Thaksin Doesn’t Know What He’s Doing (It Seems)

One of the primary arguments made by City fans enthusiastic about Thaksin Shinawatra’s takeover last summer is that Thaksin is a successful, efficient businessman who will act wisely to steward his investment, to the benefit of the club as a whole and hence the enjoyment of the fans.

That argument is looking increasingly preposterous as days and weeks pass with no resolution yet on Sven Goran Eriksson and the future of City. As Chris Bailey of the MEN notes in this biting column, everyone and everything has been put on hold at the club, awaiting word from Thaksin as to what is next.

It’s a sorry and wholly unnecessary state of affairs. In a “normal” situation, the club should be feeling good about a strong season (including a double over what will now go down in history as one of the all-time great Manchester United squads) and European qualification. Contracts should be getting sorted out for next season. Scouting worldwide should be in full swing, with the aim of signing up some key recruits prior to the price-inflating Euro 2008 tournament in June. Preparations for a preseason campaign that will include early fixtures in Europe should be well under way.

Instead, the club is losing valuable time, and with every passing day and week the likelihood of a disastrous 2008-09 campaign increases. Sven isn’t quite gone, with Thaksin perhaps showing cold feet, though the highly regarded Swede is already on the shortlist at Chelsea. Meanwhile Thaksin’s team is apparently enamoured with Avram Grant, the recently sacked Chelsea boss. It’s hard to imagine a less inspiring choice for City supporters, unless the goal were to hire a manager with as little personality as possible so as not to upstage the maximum leader Thaksin.

Some think that matters will be resolved quickly with the arrival of new executive director Garry Cook from the United States. We’ll see. But the chaos to this point, utterly inexcusable, should cast into serious doubt the notion that Thaksin is a good steward of Manchester City Football Club. Instead, Thaksin seems to regard MCFC as a secondary priority, and an instrument for promoting his own reputation in Thailand–just as this site has suspected all along.

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2 Comments on “Thaksin Doesn’t Know What He’s Doing (It Seems)”

  1. egalitarian Says:

    Sad, but true.

  2. Gav Says:

    I can only hope that the delay means that he might not – but we can’t go on with this sword of Damocles hanging over everyone’s heads.

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