City not waiting on Thaksin to appoint manager

Last updated at 12:50 13 June 2007

Manchester City believe they can identify their new manager within a week and clinch his appointment before launching their pre-season programme on July 4.

And although Seville boss Juande Ramos is top of their list, City still see Dutch pair Co Adriaanse and Ronald Koeman as serious contenders.

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Thaksin Shinawatra

Even though Chris Coleman and Mark Hughes have been linked with the club, City

sources do not expect their new boss to be British.

City have gone on the attack these past few days as their prospective takeover

has floundered, in an effort to counter claims that the Eastlands club are in


Chief executive Alistair Mackintosh is actively leading the search for a new

manager and is believed to have had talks with Ramos' advisors already.

A City source said: "There is a need now to move quickly. We could even see an

announcement within the next seven days."

On the controversial takeover bid from former Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra -

which is seemingly facing financial problems - chairman John Wardle is waiting

for more assurances that the deal can progress.

But it is expected that he will make a decision over the viability of the offer

by the weekend, or maybe next Monday.

The fact that the Shinawatra camp have told City they would want to appoint

their own manager has not stopped the club now handling their own search. That

in itself suggests the days of the Thai deal may be numbered.

City, though, are intent on being pro-active now to convince their worried fans

that the Eastlands' ship is not drifting towards the nightmare of not having a

manager in place before players return for pre-season.

And Adriaanse, not Coleman, has emerged as a genuine prospect if moves for

Ramos fall through.

The Spaniard can still win the La Liga title this weekend, although Real Madrid

and Barcelona are the favourites. And he has a Copa del Rey final against Getafe

on June 23 still to play.

Ramos' agents have actively touted his name for English jobs over the past

few months, and he could agree to take over at City before he leads Seville into

the Spanish Cup final.

Adriaanse interests City because he is currently out of work, having left a job

in the Ukraine league with Metahurh Donetsk several weeks ago. His track record

at Alkmaar and Porto is impressive, and the former Ajax star, at 59, has all the

right credentials.

However Adriaanse's spokesman Willem Zeijlmans was quick to distance his client from

the speculation.

"We know nothing about this and we are not responsible for the list of

Manchester City," he said.

Koeman has another year on his contract at PSV Eindhoven but is still on City's

shortlist while they would certainly be interested in Frank Rijkaard if he left

Barcelona and there is a strong prospect of that scenario if the Catalan club

lose their title.

The outcome of the last weekend of the Spanish League could well have a genuine

impact on who City eventually get to replace Stuart Pearce.

City do not expect to make any further decisions on their takeover until the

weekend but insist that they still have another interested party - an American

group - who they have been continuing to negotiate with.

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