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Not write with Joe; Port Vale 2 Man City 1.

CORONATION STREET script writers are looking to put a bit of `blue' in their scripts to spice up the soap wars.

Well, look no further!

Maine Road's blue-clad City slickers are tailor- made for nail-biting episodes - ask the hot- seat boss of just four weeks Joe Royle.

After three wins and three defeats, his survival script was in place - but no-one told Port Vale's paupers.

City are currently uncomfortably seated alongside Vale in Division One's relegation waiting room - along with five other not-wannabes.

Indeed, relegation survivor Royle could provide `Corrie' with real- life story lines.

Royle arrived as the Maine Road messiah. His job - to cut the wage bill, shed players, buy new ones and hold on to foreign assets.

Royle has already said `no' to Georgi Kinkladze leaving for Ajax - yet.

There is also pounds 1million available to buy a defender before the transfer deadline.

But City have a problem - are they up for it?

Vale's match-winner Gareth Ainsworth set the tone when he declared: "We have no Big Time Charlies here. So we are now 19th in the League, but we are looking for no favours.

"This was the biggest three points we've had all season.''

It was a side-swipe at City, who might expect to survive by right.

Martin Foyle pillaged a Kit Symons clearance to give Vale an early lead.

Gerard Wiekens pulled City level in the second half before Ainsworth gave Vale the points.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Hopkins, Arthur
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 16, 1998
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