Duncan McCargo Interview; Questions at City

This blog has referenced several times the work of Leeds University academic Duncan McCargo, co-author of one of the two serious books about Thaksin published in English to date. In the past week he has given an email interview to the academic blog New Mandala, which is well worth checking out. No sharp new detail on Thaksin and only a fleeting reference to City, but McCargo offers much interesting background as well as very balanced comments about the state of Thai politics. Most pertinent, perhaps, is this quote: “Anyone who goes around predicting what is going to happen in Thailand is completely crazy.”

One might say the same about Manchester City. In the annual Thomas Cook Trophy showpiece friendly, City produced a rather impressive 1-0 victory over AC Milan following a cracking goal from Valeri Bojinov. But for many City fans, that victory was overshadowed by the absence of Vedran Corluka from the squad, with many reports indicating his move to Tottenham is a done deal, as well as reports that midfielder Stephen Ireland may be on his way out as well. Television presenters in England described City as a club in chaos and indicated a firesale may be under way, and a report in Sunday’s Mirror claims that Mark Hughes wants “crisis talks” with ownership over the surprise sale of Corluka, while some internet posters claiming inside knowledge suggest that City’s finances are in worse shape.

On the other hand, a Sunday feature in the Guardian on Hughes has a dramatically different tone with Hughes talking about his belief he can turn City into a top four side and expressing confidence that Thaksin remains committed to that cause.

Which of these very different pictures is a more accurate depiction of what’s going on at City? It would be foolish to judge that question at this point, but stay tuned. Suffice it to say that at the moment many City fans are feeling a bit jittery.

Over in Thailand, the question of the day is whether Thaksin and his wife will in fact return, as scheduled, from the opening of the Olympic Games in China to make their scheduled court appearances on Monday.

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