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Shinawatra Wants To Sell Entire Manchester City Squad. Or Does He?

Thaksin Shinawatra

The Daily Express newspaper is reporting that Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra has sent a letter to each Man City player saying that he’s dissatisfied with the team’s performance in the second half of the year, that each player is up for sale and that he plans on having an entirely new squad before the new season begins.

Expect the news to create quite a storm through the blogosphere and in the online newspapers around the world today. But, is the news even true? Daily Express reporter Richard Tanner fails to name one source in his article. This is one thing I hate about the British tabloids. There are no facts in this article, just rumors.

The Guardian put the story in their rumors section where it rightfully belongs instead of their news section. The Daily Telegraph wrote a piece about the story and attributed the news to the Express, which is often rare for a British newspaper to do so. Perhaps if the story isn’t true they can point their fingers at the Express and say “they said it, not us.”

Not surprisingly, the official Manchester City website doesn’t mention anything about the story. Even if it was true, I’m sure the club wouldn’t touch that with a ten foot pole. Interestingly, their web site does have a section called “What The Papers Say.” City has so far decided not to put that article in there (for good reason, the City fans would riot if the story is true).

When a newspaper is writing an article and cannot use the person’s name because he or she wants to remain anonymous, the writer should clue the reader in to the source of the story. “An unnamed source inside Manchester City Football Club today revealed that” or something similar. Otherwise, how does the newspaper expect us to believe the story?

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  1. Lonnie

    May 16, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    This seems too outlandish to be real. I think you’re seeing some of the worst of the tabs at work here.

    If for some unholy reason this were true, Shinawatra should be kicked out of the league and forced to sell the club to a responsible ownership. This would make the Liverpool ownership situation look like a well-mannered tea party by comparison.

  2. Kartik

    May 16, 2008 at 11:16 am

    Well considering our best player, Joey “jailbird” Barton was already dumped and nobody on the current squad has his passion I could care less. Seriously Barton was once great before all this other b/s took over.

  3. Paul Bestall

    May 16, 2008 at 8:22 am

    Ah the Daily Express, recently sued and paid out after lying in their coverage of the Madeline McCann kidnapping story, so I wouldn’t believe one word of anything printed in that sorry excuse for a newspaper.
    It’s sister paper, The Daily Star, which is reknowned for just making things up, recently received a 1% correct rating for transfer news and speculation. The Express had 7%.

  4. Chad Looker

    May 16, 2008 at 7:38 am

    human rights abuser = villain

  5. Grumpypants

    May 16, 2008 at 6:20 am

    Check out the clubs website now. Shinawatra has slammed the reports and The Express can expect a lawsuit!! Haha!

  6. Rob

    May 16, 2008 at 6:18 am

    The official City site has mentioned it now.

  7. Grumpypants

    May 16, 2008 at 6:00 am

    Very well said Gaffer. 10 out of 10.

    I’ve been posting comments everywhere pretty much stating the same. The whole situation regarding Sven is the same. Thaksin has never once quoted that he wants to sack him, just that he will be doing a review at the end of the season.

    I think the majority of the media are making Thaksin out to be a super-villain, but I suppose time will tell.

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