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Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Noel Gallagher speaks his mind on Manchester City
SUPPOSE I asked you to name one Manchester City fan who would be prepared to say publicly that: a) he was amused by the problems besieging Thaksin Shinawatra's takeover bid, and b) Joey Barton is a damn good chap really. Yep, I think you know who.
Noel Gallagher and controversial statements go together like City and calamity. He's never apologised for it; he's not going to start now.
So when Radio Five Live reporter Colin Paterson caught up with him in the cafe at Abbey Road studios in London today and asked him for a few words about everything that's going on at City at the moment, Gallagher let rip - and then some.
The broadcast version of the interview lasted just 75 seconds, during which Gallagher claimed he was enjoying the takeover troubles, dismissing them as "pure Man City", joked about making a bid for the club itself (with Manchester DJ and M-People overlord Mike Pickering), described former Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock as "a Mickey Mouse manager", argued that Joey Barton is a good guy if you get to know him and stated that Richard Dunne will probably be the next big-name player to leave the Blues.
All the interview needed was a melancholy guitar track in the background and Oasis could have released it as a single. Maybe they will.
So, the highlights of the Gallagher interview were as follows:
On the takeover: "This takeover is never going to happen now, because the government has had his bank accounts frozen. It's pure Man City. I love it.
"The fixture list comes out on Thursday, we haven't got a manager, we've only got half-a-team and we haven't sold any season tickets. It's brilliant.
"I'm thinking of mounting a hostile takeover - me and Mike Pickering. I reckon we could scrape together about £400,000 in cash. I reckon we would get it for that."
On the lack of a manager: "In the dugout, I would like to have seen Sam Allardyce, but he went to Newcastle.
"It depends who's available now. It would be good if they got a foreign coach.
"But it all depends on the takeover. If there's no takeover, we'll get Neil Warnock - and a more Mickey Mouse manager than him you couldn't find anywhere."
On Joey Barton: "He's a good lad, Joey; he's a friend of mine. He gets a bad rap. But when you meet him, he's a really nice lad.
"It's good for him that he's moving to Newcastle. I'm made up for him. But I'm sad to see him go; he's our best player.
And on the future of the rest of the squad: "I was sad to lose Sylvain Distin; he was another of our best players. At least we haven't lost Richard Dunne yet, but I'm sure he'll be out of the door soon."
Ah, come on Noel, tell us what you really think.
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