Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Interesting Daily Mail article

Ian Ladyman is probably (pace Ian Herbert and Danny Taylor) the best in the business for MCFC exclusives, and his Tuesday Daily Mail article covers two big City stories.

The first concerns Michael Johnson. Ladyman claims that the management team is worried by his work rate and lifestyle:
The official line from City is that Johnson is only a fortnight away from
returning to fitness, which would be a huge boost to manager Mark Hughes as he
looks to reverse his team’s slide down the table. But Sportsmail understands the
real concern in the long-term is Johnson’s mental approach and his fondness for
a night out...

Hughes is taking his time to make a decision over Johnson but he has not
been particularly impressed so far and the youngster has been made aware that he
faces a critical few weeks once he is fit to return to action.

At the end of the article, Ladyman is very confident about two future transfers:
They will definitely land Portsmouth’s Lassana Diarra and Blackburn’s Roque
Santa Cruz — as well as being hopeful of prising Thierry Henry from

Both the nature of Johnson's personal life (and the possible impact its having on his recovery), and the fact that the Diarra and RSC deals are as good as done are topics that have been covered in length on bluemoon in recent weeks. Which shows that it's not all bullshit and arguments about Munich.

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