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Thaksin delighted with first season at Man City

Manchester City chairman Thaksin Shinawatra says he's delighted with the first year of his involvement.

"I'm very happy with the first year, it's more than I expected," Thaksin told MCFCTV.

"The plan for the first year was to finish in the top 10, the second year was top six to qualify for Europe and the third year was finish in the top four for the Champions League.

"At the beginning of the season, I planned that we should end up in the top 10. When we were fourth or fifth for a few months I thought, 'why don't we go for the UEFA Cup?'

"That's my dream but because of the way the cup competitions have gone it's not so easy, we will have to fight hard for the rest of the season to be able to go into the UEFA Cup, but we will try our best. It still looks like we will finish in the top 10, which is as according to the original plan."

Thaksin also said: "I talked to Sven and he gave me all the analysis. Sometimes there are injuries, sometimes there are individual errors, this happens in football. I was happy after talking with Sven that they had done the analysis, errors by individual players were pointed out and they are improving every day. We'll be playing better football from now on.

"I was very optimistic when I brought Sven in and when he began to bring in new players, even though he was quite heavy on my pocket! I was always confident that the club would be moving forward, and so far, so good."

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