May 15, 2015

Will anyone ever like Manchester City?

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Sheikh Mansour went to Spain in a Lamborghini
Brought us back a manager, Manuel Pellegrini

If ever there was a chant to characterize the classless ‘big club’ pretentions of Manchester City, the latest Etihad Stadium refrain just about covers it. Wonderwall or Champagne Supernova it is not, but it highlights the attitude shared by owners and fans alike. Ferguson alluded to it during his final years as United manager, labelling them ‘the noisy neighbours’ and it is hard to disagree. Doing things quietly is not the way at Manchester’s second club, and City do precious little to endear themselves to the neutral. Whether it is throwing ludicrous amounts of money at second rate, foreign mercenaries, breaching FFP rules or spending £200m on a training complex to support an academy that has produced one regular first-team player (Micah Richards) in the past decade… You name it, City have done it.

Of course, Man City aren’t the first club to have received huge foreign investment. Chelsea set the precedent in 2003 when Roman Abramovich bought the club. Chelsea spent vast sums on players in the summer to follow and finished 2nd at the end of Abramovich’s first season before securing back-to-back titles. However, Chelsea had already qualified for the Champions League when Russian oil money was first pumped into the club and the spine assembled in that period remained consistent for the majority of the decade to follow; Cech, Drogba and Cole adding to Lampard and Terry.

City, meanwhile, have had a scattergun, chuck-money-at-it-until-it-works approach. For every Silva there has been a Jovetic, for every Aguero a Jo and for every Yaya Toure a Robinho. And football fans, jealous or not, despise it. Why? Above anything else, City are not a big club, nor are they deserving of a place at football’s top table. The vast swathes of empty seats at every home game and poor atmosphere prove it. Players don’t join Manchester City for the prestige of joining a club with rich heritage as they do Manchester United, Liverpool or Arsenal… they go to City to make a quick buck ala, Tevez, Balotelli, Robinho and birthday cake enthusiast Yaya Toure, et al.

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The latest managerial speculation is pretty indicative of Manchester City’s place in the football world. Take Jurgen Klopp for example. A lively, quirky, heartfelt, German chap with an illustrious beard and a love of rock music…. If Klopp were on his tagline would be ‘strong personality seeking likeminded other half with a view to a stable, loving and passionate relationship’. The thought of Jurgen Klopp racing up and down the Eastlands touchline, kicking every ball, agonizing over every tackle and bouncing up and down with youthful delirium against a backdrop of empty light blue seats and passive drawls of “Ciiiiiiteh, Ciiiiiteh” just doesn’t seem quite right. As for the Guardiola rumours? What interest would managerial royalty have in Manchester City? Little, I suspect. Before the Qatari oil money arrived City were, with the odd exception, perennial strugglers with the aim of consolidation; they even spent the late 90’s in the third tier followed by yo-yo years between Premier League and the old Division One.

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Since arriving at Manchester City in 2008, Sheikh Mansour has invested over £1bn in the club. One billion pounds. ONE. BILLION. POUNDS. That’s 500 Bugatti Veyron 16.4’s, one billion McDonalds Mayo Chickens with change to spare and enough to provide 7,353 African villages with fresh water for 20 years. Yet, despite the influx of incomprehensible wealth, City appear to be a soulless institution representative of nothing the Manchester community holds dear. A former-industrial, working class city with players from the four corners of the globe, some of whom complain about an absence of respect whenever they don’t receive a birthday cake despite pocketing £250,000 a week? Stop flapping your gums, Yaya and produce the form you’re capable of, yeah? And while we’re at it, Carlos Tevez was even worse – a 3-month strike because he wasn’t getting his own way?!

Stropping over Victoria Sponge and Argentine golfing holidays aside, where is the Mancunian heart? Joe Hart is about a close as it gets… and he’s from Shrewsbury. Sure, the £200m investment in a new training complex complete with a 7,000 capacity stadium for the youth team, 16 outdoor football pitches watered by 8 million-litre underground tank will help, but there are few signs of the current academy breaking through to the first team. For all the talk of longevity and doing things ‘the right way’, Manchester City appear to be remarkably ignorant of how to consolidate as a top level club. What good is bringing in Txiki Begiristain from Barcelona as Director of Football if the signings continue to underwhelm and underperform (ala Fernando, Fernandinho, Navas, Jovetic, Mangala)? What good is bringing in Guardiola’s contemporary, a man schooled in Barcelona’s prestigious La Masia, if the academy shows no signs of being a first team production line? What good is adding 8,000 seats to your stadium if you’ll only fill it when Man United are in town?

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For all the oil money and nouveau riche attitudes present at Manchester City there is, at least, one bastion of consistency and class at the club. Vincent Kompany. Despite the constant upheaval of players, some of whom are utterly objectionable individuals, Kompany has stood tall on the pitch and represented the club off it with an elegance, eloquence and decency that belies his surroundings. Joe Hart and James Milner don’t possess the continental suave of their captain, but they don’t seem altogether bad blokes.

Maybe I’m jealous that West Brom don’t have a foreign benefactor? Maybe not. Either way, with £750+ million spent on wages and transfer fees, 2 Premier League titles, 1 FA Cup and 1 League Cup is a paltry return on the investment. Spending huge amounts of money in the search of regular trophies simply rubs people up the wrong way. As such, Chelsea have been usurped as the nations number one love-to-hate club; a hatred that promises to intensify in line with City’s increasing delusions of grandeur.

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Comments to Will anyone ever like Manchester City?

  • Well done for posting every unoriginal thought that springs to mind, ignoring incredible (unprecedented, even) charity work, community work, working class friendly ticket prices, the craving for attractive football (unlike certain other ‘money clubs’) and several others things I could go into if it was worth it.

    By the way, City average bigger attendances than ‘big clubs’ like Liverpool, Chelsea and Athletico Madrid. Have a look at the reaction of City fans when City won the title x2 compared to others in recent years before criticising the club, you poor excuse for a writer.

    Ylato May 15, 2015 6:11 pm
    • The author is a closet rag, those bitter tears are sweet.

      Anonymous May 16, 2015 10:39 am
      • What on earth is a rag? Classic City insult

        Anonymous May 22, 2015 9:57 pm
  • Absolute fucking crap. Read the history of the club rather than invent it.

    Anonymous May 15, 2015 6:13 pm
    • Yeah, read it. Won’t take long!

      Anonymous May 16, 2015 11:37 am
  • Do you feel better you jealous low life boring prick !!

    P May 15, 2015 6:15 pm
  • What a biased bigoted uneducated article.

    Anonymous May 15, 2015 6:21 pm
  • Excellent article

    Anonymous May 15, 2015 6:21 pm
  • What a prick. How much time/life was wasted on that load of bitter shite

    Gaz May 15, 2015 6:24 pm
  • Wow. Don’t what your angle is Mr Low(e) but it seems you hate us more than anyone I know! And yes, I know plenty of United fans. I won’t even attempt to get you to rise to a level of even ‘angry contempt’ as you seem a very unmovable sort! Toodle pip.

    Simon R May 15, 2015 6:31 pm
  • What a ridiculous load of bollocks that is

    Anonymous May 15, 2015 6:36 pm
  • Bitterness x 50 that article you tit. I feel for your sanity if you think that players now join scum, Arse, Liverpool for the love of the shirt and wages don’t even come into it. Yet another deluded utd prick doing a piece on little old City, and if we’re that insignificant, why bother posting about us?

    Chezzy43 May 15, 2015 6:36 pm
  • Tosser

    S May 15, 2015 6:43 pm
  • PS, I hope this piece wasn’t toiled over at the expense of science homework.

    Simon R May 15, 2015 6:54 pm
  • there are so many things wrong with this ” article” I will mention the most blatant just to show how much of a dickhead the author is .qatari money!! er no and I am not even going to tell you the correct answer look it up like you should have done with attendance records etc

    Tom Hunter May 15, 2015 6:56 pm
  • Same old tiresome nonsense. Expected better from a West Brom fan. Usually this bitter diatribe comes from Arsenal or united fans, upset with City for rocking the cabal. Perhaps you need a history lesson:

    Malcolm Tucker May 15, 2015 6:56 pm
  • Ha ha I love this its what is wrong with people who have been hoodwinked into hating the real Manchester team …..cant you see beyond the cash cow giant who play in red loved and driven by the media (SKY) et al into believing that little city are the arch enemy. We can just smile and laugh at the haters. Yes we have become a giant yes thanks to Mansour we are grateful and the loyal fans have a sense of humour too Many other teams who would love to have been given a chance in which we have at least broken the cartel which was and is to an extent still trying to protect their own interests ie FFP and david gill . Man u bullies have always bought titles and in their desperate attempt to slag off their noisy neighbours (lol) (not in my lifetime) they have been hypocritical in spending more money in able to get fourth spot this season thanks to the corruption involved too ….the utd way is and always was to spend big fergie got lucky with the class of 92 but he didnt half make his mark on the refs and bbc(banned) what would happen to the future of the game if they didn’t qualify to get in the champions lg next year?
    this article is just the tonic we need to spur on and carry on dominating football in the years to come be it first or second in which city have done well despite the odd title or two and cups ill take that with or without the money.
    having supported the team for over 40 yrs I just enjoy the back biting and im enjoying the ride …oh and yes guess what I remember the defeats by Halifax in the cup and Macclesfield trips….oh how we have suffered.
    so to anyone who reads this utter spat from Mr lowe ….please try and remember before football was invented in 1992 (lol) City did have a history and have the loyal fans to back it up 30000 in the old 2nd division no other club I can think of deserves it more than mcfc fans …..and whatever happens were not complaining
    as for the seats issues and lack of atmosphere ….please! no mention of arsenals decline or man u ripping off their own fans in making them attend cup matches or lose there season ticket ….. its a pathetic attempt to scar mcfc but hey were used to it but were not the only club to have enjoyed investors money ask man u an Mr Gibson many years ago…. pot kettle black. I could argue at lowes spat at every point he so gleefully makes bit boring really and reminds me of a kid in his utd shirt being convinced by his dad to support man utd but lives in the south but ill leave it at that and sit back and enjoy the ride success is due, the continued attempts at discrediting the team in blue wont go away ………who cares CTID.

    ronaldo the real one May 15, 2015 7:11 pm
    • Utter tripe-well done

      Nic May 15, 2015 11:01 pm
    • an absolutely fantastic reply to the shit article

      john May 16, 2015 3:23 pm
  • Pathetic article

    Conor May 15, 2015 7:16 pm
  • This is ridiculous journalism. You should be embarrassed, and this is coming from a United fan!

    Dave May 15, 2015 7:18 pm
  • why did you give the owner of every football banter Twitter account access to writing articles

    Kalon Kalon May 15, 2015 7:19 pm
  • This is quality mate. Really well written and researched. Good to see a bias free article in this mercenary filled world.

    Olly Olly May 15, 2015 7:20 pm
    • Unadulterated bilious nonsense. Who do you support Lowe? I think I only need a single guess.

      Anonymous May 16, 2015 9:18 am
  • pathetic article, as embarrassing as it comes!

    Conor Conor May 15, 2015 7:20 pm
  • obviously not as I’m not human

    ? ? May 15, 2015 7:28 pm
  • obviously not as I’m not human

    ? ? May 15, 2015 7:28 pm
  • ‘If ever there was a chant to characterize the classless ‘big club’ pretentions of Manchester City, the latest Etihad Stadium refrain just about covers it
    “Sheikh Mansour went to Spain in a Lamborghini
    Brought us back a manager, Manuel Pellegrini” ‘

    Comes a poor second to Baggie’s ‘Boing’.
    ‘Song Lyrics
    “Boing, Boing,
    Boing, Boing,
    Boing, Boing,
    Boing, Boing,
    Boing, Boing,
    Boing, Boing”… and so on and so forth.

    ‘Wonderwall or Champagne Supernova it is not, but it highlights the attitude shared by owners and fans alike.’

    City often use Brainbug’s ‘Nightmare’ as their opener.

    ‘Whether it is throwing ludicrous amounts of money at second rate, foreign mercenaries’

    Such as Aguero, Silva, Kompany, Toure, Tevez, Zabaleta, Nasri…….

    ‘or spending £200m on a training complex to support an academy that has produced one regular first-team player (Micah Richards) in the past decade’ ..

    The training complex (finest in the world) only opened this year! But last season (for the very first time} five City players Cameron McColloch, Joshua Murray, Elan Assiano, Diallo Sadou and Lucas Nmecha made the cut for England’s Under 16’s.

    “Before the Qatari oil money arrived”

    Sheikh Mansour is the ruler of Abu Dhabi, idiot!

    ‘Manchester a former-industrial, working class city’

    unlike West Bromwich a former-industrial, working class city famous for the the ‘Farley Clock Tower’.

    I am not going to go through anymore of this tosh. Chris Lowe must be the thickest poster on the internet.

    johnevans7John Evans May 15, 2015 7:31 pm
  • This probably the shittiest and most biased article I’ve ever read. Never write again.

    Johnson May 15, 2015 7:32 pm
  • What a truly dreadful little man you sound. The green eyed monster in all its tawdry and false delusions of moral superiority.

    James Roberts (@Chimbob) May 15, 2015 7:39 pm
  • Awful article????

    ? ? May 15, 2015 7:44 pm
  • Awful article????

    ? ? May 15, 2015 7:44 pm
  • your obviously a bitter rag chris

    jay May 15, 2015 7:47 pm
  • What an waste of time on your part terrible writing stupid assumptions about city not being a big club bet your a spurs or arsewipe fan sick of never challenging for more than a top 6finish

    Anonymous May 15, 2015 8:37 pm
  • Congratulations on being just another ignorant imbecile. ‘No soul’ ‘no history’ ‘insert generic man city cliche here’ stop reading tabloid newspapers and no mark journalists, and actually take a moment to look at just what is going on at city. Owners building a club from the roots upwards, for now and the future

    Anonymous May 15, 2015 8:58 pm
  • Jeremy Peace went to Salford in a Ford fiesta.
    He came back with Fletcher in the back because he couldn’t afford Iniesta.

    I sang that wafting wads of cash at you dickhead.

    Slick May 15, 2015 9:52 pm
    • Funny that football fans think you give a a shit what they think about your club. Some City fans have seen their club play in 3 divisions and win every domestic trophy in England over the past 20 years. Honestly, don’t waste your time next time, mate
      No ones arsed.

      Anonymous May 15, 2015 10:56 pm
  • the answers is yes City fans love them. Rather be like we are now than the plucky underdog in the past.

    James Ward James Ward May 15, 2015 10:29 pm
  • is that it . a well researched about things that bloke knows very little about . poor stuff

    driva driva May 15, 2015 10:37 pm
  • blimey, I wasn’t this bitter when WBA signed Gary Owen and Peter Barnes. Mind you I was 14, so had an advantage over the author

    unreal Kevin Reeves unreal Kevin Reeves May 15, 2015 10:42 pm
  • Is this your GCSE homework? If it is, I fear you might have failed due to it being a load of tosh!

    Anonymous May 15, 2015 10:42 pm
  • do city fans care ?
    Do many utd fans have to hide as west brom fans nowadays

    driva driva May 15, 2015 10:43 pm
  • pulitzer contender, magnificent….

    Scattoh Scattoh May 15, 2015 10:46 pm
  • “: Will anyone ever like Manchester City?: #MCFC”. Who gives a shit?

    Ian_Mac Ian_Mac May 15, 2015 10:46 pm
  • what is this comic

    Frank THE Tank ™ Frank THE Tank ™ May 15, 2015 10:53 pm
  • Yawn yawn fucking yawn. Bed wetting schoolboy drivel

    Anonymous May 15, 2015 11:01 pm
  • @howiehok34 weren’t 9 of our players who started in Barca in our line up against QPR in 2012? Thought as much

    Andrew Wolf Andrew Wolf May 15, 2015 11:01 pm
  • What thick cunt wrote this?

    thick cunt May 15, 2015 11:02 pm
  • @howiehok34 Absolutely embarrassing article. Full of jealously & bile. Genuinely one of the worst I have ever read.

    Hello City. Hello City. May 15, 2015 11:03 pm
  • @howiehok34 As for West Brom, City have and always will be a bigger club if you want to go down that silly route. By miles.

    Hello City. Hello City. May 15, 2015 11:04 pm
  • Fantastic article

    Steve Bull May 15, 2015 11:04 pm
  • As for the comment about empty seats, City got bigger crowds in League 1 than WBA have had for the majority of their history.

    Hello City. Hello City. May 15, 2015 11:08 pm
  • Thankyou for the future enjoyment i will get when watching my beloved City destroy West Brom over many more years to come. I hope we send you down so you can learn how to support your club rather than hate on others doing well. Paltry? Lol you clown, your article is pure ignorance personified. Jealous much?

    mike May 15, 2015 11:16 pm
  • @howiehok34 Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha<breathe>hahahahahahahahahahahaha Is this an entry for the Adolescent Banter Trophy?

    Gill R Gill R May 15, 2015 11:55 pm
    • no but is this?

      Anonymous May 22, 2015 9:58 pm
  • Thought Frank Skinner was the token funny man at Who Bromich Albion.

    One pen Lee May 15, 2015 11:58 pm
  • This has more levels of poor than the Empire State Building. Bitter, weird and wholly unnecessary. Try baking bread instead.

    Simon Curtis Simon Curtis May 16, 2015 12:01 am
  • you are an embarrassment to journalism

    Tony-MCFC Tony-MCFC May 16, 2015 12:36 am
  • I get City fans eagerness to defend their own club, but the article is referring to the general public’s general dislike for the club due to its recent financial attitude

    Anonymous May 16, 2015 12:56 am
  • That’s your lot really isn’t it? You’re condemned to writing this type of bile for the forseeable future now that UEFA’s FFP has shafted West Brom etc from ever being bigger or more capable. Shame you can’t see that. You’re coming across as a bit thick really and I actually felt sorry for you as I was reading it. Hope that’s not your real name you’ve attached to this ‘article’.

    Simon R May 16, 2015 12:59 am
  • I’d love to write an article about the relevance of West Brom in society

    Anonymous May 16, 2015 1:00 am
  • My word, you sure an uneducated cunt! I sincerely feel sorry for you.

    Anonymous May 16, 2015 1:11 am
  • Listen , we gave you both Gary Owen AND Peter Barnes. You should be more respectful mate.

    Gary R May 16, 2015 1:32 am
  • Slagging off City for building one of the finest Academies in the world??? There will be some good young players coming through, but for fucks sake, give em a year or two!!!

    Manc Al May 16, 2015 7:13 am
  • What an unpleasant, bitter, jealous excuse for football comment.
    Every top club since time immemorial has made big financial investments into players and all, at one time or another, have had financial benefactors/ Liverpool fans like to forget that they had the benefit of the Moores, Littlewoods, money for instance, without which they’d still be in the 2nd Division.

    Sheik Mansoor is not a fan benefactor, he has a business venture and a very long term vision for the investment of his wealth to benefit his countries long term financial health. It includes cricket (Pakistan’s home of cricket) Formula One (the world’s best venue for fans experience), tennis, golf, football academies all over the developing world, top division teams in the USA, Australia and Japan.

    Everywhere he invests he improves the infrastructure and the quality of life around the venues. He is investing not gifting, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. The only people who snarl and spit venom about this are those who simply wish it was their club who had Sheik Mansoor as an owner.

    Alphie_Izzett May 16, 2015 8:44 am
  • I don’t think this guy’s a West Brom fan. West Brom fans are real fans. Unlike this clown.

    UrbanSpaceman (@conal_fitz) May 16, 2015 9:22 am
  • What the fuck isthis crap? Who is this bellend? I’ll banjo the cunt.

    Oggy (@Wellard_Rumble) May 16, 2015 9:38 am
  • This biased tosh could have been written about Yerniiitid 10 years ago when they were the club everyone loved to hate. Presumably you are older than 25 so you’ll recall that between 1968 and 1990 they won fuck all before the shares flotation i.e. spending someone else’s money (sound familiar?!) allowed them to blow the transfer market and wage ceiling apart. And for every Keane there was a Veron, for every Van Nistleroy a Forlan, every Ronaldo an Obertan, every Schmeichel a Taibi… Meanwhile over at the Theatre of Sushi, Red Legends Charlton, Law, Neville and Crerand are preparing to form a farewell honour guard for Di Maria and Falcao who came for the illustrious history and admiration for the principles of Matt Busby – definitely NOT the 200,000 fat ones a week to stifle your talent for some box-headed egomaniac?

    chadda May 16, 2015 9:46 am
  • Alright Low? Let’s see how clever your next piece is after you’ve written it whilst having your head rammed up a U-bend pal.

    Oggy (@Wellard_Rumble) May 16, 2015 9:50 am
    • is dat a thraet m8?

      Anonymous May 22, 2015 10:04 pm
  • …’and where’s the Mancunian heart?’ Joe Hart is a close as it gets and he’s from Shrewsbury…’ What’s your point? Red Nev hates Scousers like a typical cartoon Manc – except he’s frrom Bury. Scholes? Salford! Giggs? Some hybrid Salfordian-Welshman! You’ll have it that Cantona and Ronaldo were Ancoats lads next? Wes Brown and Danny Wellbeck are not exactly red legends are they?

    chadda May 16, 2015 10:08 am
  • nearly spat my cuppa out reading such bitterness. Oh, and we’ve still not spent as much as Chelsea to buy our league titles…

    Andy Turner Andy Turner May 16, 2015 10:27 am
  • And what spectacular philanthropic deeds have the WBA owners done for their local community?

    Andy Turner Andy Turner May 16, 2015 10:30 am
  • Author’s big nut in the brian is very loose. What a shame to journalism .
    whether you accept it or not Man City is big club mate . Big club in Manchester above man United to prove that.

    James May 16, 2015 11:19 am
  • Thanks to Bluemoon for the link, otherwise this garbage would have gone under the radar

    The Carpet Flogger May 16, 2015 12:02 pm
  • What a joke article… and smells of bitterness and more so of a belief that you wanted our new owners to fail. Unfortunately we have owners that have allowed us to become self sustained and we are on course to now post a profit this seasons end – any doubt then check the facts at UEFA. You mention that we spent £200m on an academy that has only produced Richards !!! – another bitter comment Next season Kelechi Iheanacho will break into the first team, Denayer, Lopes, Angelino etc etc the future from our academy is looking superb and the fact that they have been crowned European U21 champions in the last week proves that.

    You sound like a bitter red hoping that our owners would go belly up, but unfortunately it ain’t going to happen, we are not the Glazers raping money from Salfords first football team, oh and also assembling the most expensive team in premier league history to finish 4th !!!!… on debt, forcing fans to buy cup tickets, why is it your so called best players cannot wait to leave the club

    Enjoy your play-off game for the champions league place, I have a feeling that you won’t qualify, which leaves the added pressure that Turtle head has to actually win the league next season after spunking a large proportion on the glazers debt funded transfer fund.


    BlueMoon Has Risen May 16, 2015 12:39 pm
  • Hey, leave City alone. They are doing things the way they want to. Who are you to judge them?What, is there some rule saying you have to build a football club with old English money or it’s considered tainted? Everything said in this article is taking all the great and positive things City are doing. Not only for our club, but English football in general and turning them into something negative! Money being put into the game and the infastructure of English football is some how a bad thing? I mean yup..We spend way too much on some players, who may not be able to live up to expectations. Come on, no other club has ever done that b4?? People need to either worry about their own clubs and stop being such plain “HATERS”. Who wish they had our success and ablity to spend money and not cry because their owners are broke. City will be champions next year also..So hold on and wipe ur tears…

    Richard Murray May 16, 2015 12:50 pm
  • Good comedy. You’re under 25 and have limited knowledge of football. Bless.

    Anonymous May 16, 2015 1:03 pm
  • This buffoon thinks that City’s owners are Qatari which in itself is a basic error of fact. On top of that he comes out with the ridiculous assertion that City only fill the ground “when Man United are in town”. (Thanks though for pointing out that United aren’t from Manchester). He may therefore be surprised to learn that the last derby at the Etihad wasn’t a sell out. The reason? United failed to fill their allocation, leaving several sizeable gaps in the away end. Even Burnley brought more fans to the Etihad than United. Yet another bitter, ill informed rant from a closet rag.

    Winston May 16, 2015 2:07 pm
  • What a load of crap.
    Obviously spends too much time following city than his own club. Is your club that boring you need to do this or is it a cry for help that you are after. Either way, you really do need find alternative ways to vent your jealousy as you sound like a complete tw#t.
    You can take your poor, biased and shit piece of writing and shove it up your backside.

    Monkey May 16, 2015 2:21 pm
  • Haha haha i feel ur pain whod av thought it eh city winning perms and cups and bein 6th biggest club in bent euro seedings

    richard web May 16, 2015 4:02 pm
  • City brought the poznan to the premier league and who could forget our inflatable bananas ? copied the world over !!! no history ? pah

    The Fixers Mechanic May 16, 2015 4:18 pm
  • Only one comment from me. Not seen such a perfect example of jealosy in my 78 years. I quite enjoyed realising that actually it was written by a red.

    Geoffrey Williams May 16, 2015 4:51 pm
  • Ha ha ha the writing of a 12 year old boy who thinks football was invented with the premier league!!

    Quick question for you which team without history won a European trophy first, Bayern Munich or Manchester City?

    Still laughing May 16, 2015 5:08 pm
  • Blah! Blah! Blah! What a lot of BS! Sprinkled with the odd truth! The City plan is not an overnight plaything the owners are in this for the long haul and want City to be a Barca! They are not just looking at the 1st team they’re building from the ground up and that takes cash and companies and fans who want to be part of something truly exciting! We already have UTD players sons at the club! We have investments ALL around the globe. Those that matter know exactly what City are about and understand and are behind City!
    FFP pulled the wool over City’s eyes with the figures and they’ve been determined to keep the ‘new kids on the block’ down and I include PSG in that! We are NEVER going to be a club where finace will be an issue and they know it! FFP is a con! Look at the loans a cirtain club needed to buy last season, look at the debt Utd have and look at the dodgy owners and tax dealings going on at others!!
    We’ve now got a training system to rival Barca and that means it’s only a matter of time as the youngsters come through maybe even next season. The youngsters are winning trophies all over the place, the ladies have several England internationals playing.
    You can’t win the titles we have without player investment and IF we’d of had the season we could so easily of had with a few less injuries, the African cup and SOME players getting their heads from up their backsides and doing what they’re paid to do we would be at the top and with far more exciting play to back it up! Pellegrini hasn’t inspired and for his part has demonstrated that he can’t handle SOME players OR situations and after promising progression it doesn’t sit well, coupled with some dubious buys it does nothing for his chances of staying long term and as nice a man as he is this level of investment requires success and don’t think for a minute that if Man U (2nd manager since Sir A) Chelski or any of the others with aspirations of global success like City’s wouldn’t do exactly the same with a poor manager as should/will happen if not this season (it will next as Peps contract is up).
    We all know that even VK has been off this season and if SA had been injury free who knows how many he’d of banked! So 2nd with how we’ve performed isn’t too bad just not what we’d of wanted and what Pellegrini promised. For me a City fan of over 45years the opportunity to finally get a season ticket is excellent!
    So, freshen up the squad! Toure either in or out but if in then well rested no excuses of African cup and 110% performance! Dzeko, Jövetic poss Navas, Demichelis (signed a new contract!!!) Boyata and Kolorov as this year he’s left it till last few games to show up! Sagna and Clichy not sure and I don’t want VK playing again this season if he’s not 200% ready!
    Midfield, Toure hmmm! Fernando and touch and go Nasri! We need Milner and if he goes it’s not too a PL team! Although he’s on a free?! Pellegrini has really stuffed up how he’s misused James this season as he’s had him in every position bar Harts and he’ll give you a 90+min performance every game! Massively loved and respected by EVERY City fan! This season had the potential to be our first retaining of the PL and yet again SOME have behaved appallingly! And they know it! Not on! Bad play! Still they won’t be here next season. It will be great to see some of the youngsters getting a chance if not in the PL in the cup competitions.

    StJohn Bevan May 16, 2015 6:07 pm
  • What a load of bitter crap. You don’t even know the difference between Qatar and Abu Dhabi.

    Anonymous May 16, 2015 6:21 pm
  • In answer to Still Laughing @5.08pm Bayern Munich won the ECWC in 1967, 3 years before City, I made the same mistake m8, CITD

    S Brennan May 16, 2015 9:12 pm
  • Get over yourselves City and stop taking yourselves so seriously.

    Your club was bought to advertise a state subsidised airline that looses hundreds of millions of pounds a year. The whole charade says everything that is wrong about modern football. Your the unlucky club not the lucky ones, you’ve become a joke and don’t like the truth. A decent club sacrificed at the altar of Middle Eastern mediocrity. There is no integrity in what you’ve ‘achieved’. None. FC City playing in Stockport sounds like a damn good idea to me! And no I’m not a United fan. They bought the league for years but doing it with debt now seems less grubby somehow and not quite so anti-football as all you now represent.

    Never hated City but you are missing a point well made. Will anyone ever like Man City? Less and less i think is the answer and with good reason. Your like a Mob money laundering firm.

    Great article May 17, 2015 1:20 am
  • Now give those medals back boys, you didn’t win them fairly. You won them by cheating. Throw them in the bin. You’ll feel much better if you win them fair and square….

    Brian Cluff May 17, 2015 1:38 am
  • MEGALOLZ. I expect the author is currently wanking himself to sleep over his framed Laurie Cunningham picture?

    Call me Bill Call me Bill May 17, 2015 7:30 pm
  • @william_shutter Quatari? Could have sworn it was Abu Dhabi.

    glenn ellaby glenn ellaby May 17, 2015 7:36 pm
  • @william_shutter thoroughly entertaining that, needs to turn the bitterness down a bit though!???? I look forward to his utd rant

    Mike R Mike R May 17, 2015 8:06 pm
  • This goes under when your an idiot keep quiet and people may just think your an idiot don’t write an article and prove that you are!

    Anonymous May 17, 2015 11:46 pm