June 19, 2011
It's time for City to consolidate. The club has made the Champions League and now it needs a squad that can compete for four trophies. That doesn't mean signing every young, over-priced hotshot from the continent, but rather focusing on adding experience to the squad.
July 30, 2010
Elano has left the building. In football a player never goes back once a new manager joins. To do so would be for administrators to admit a mistake. Well a mistake was made and City should seriously consider making a move of historical precedent.
July 22, 2010
Welcome to Manchester City, James Milner. No deal has been agreed, but that's the only reasonable expected outcome after Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill essentially threw Milner under the proverbial bus with a statement on the official Aston Villa website - so no possible claim that the former Celtic boss was misquoted.
July 21, 2010
There are times when you look at a club, any club, and ask the question 'what on earth are you thinking?' City fans are entitled to ask that of City management in the wake of the England international signing for City's primary challenger for a Champions League place.
July 20, 2010
Following yesterday's Part one here's the follow up of the final thoughts from last season. My old Gran, bless her soul, used to use the phrase "your eyes are bigger than your stomach." I think a similar sentiment could be applied to City when the club thought 4th was in the offing. 6th the Chairman said and I thought 5th with players still learning to play as a team was a commendable job. The utter destruction of eventual champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge shows just how good this team can be. However you are a team when you add no more than a couple of players in a summer transfer window. Until then it's a collection of talented individuals. Onward with part two of my end of season thoughts.
July 19, 2010
With the conclusion of the World Cup and the start of pre season friendlies we can finally consign last year to the history book. Invariably there are year-end in reviews, but I've found that waiting and mulling over a season gives a little bit more perspective. First I should give kudos to the team at the Guardian. Everyone and their dog had Liverpool winning the league in last year's pre season predictions including the Guardian, but it was only the Manchester based national paper that I saw stepping up to the plate at the end of the season and commenting on how they missed with their prediction. However their analysis of why Wenger would fail to lift the title was spot on. Liverpool flattered to deceive many but I'll be looking for the Guardian's analysis in August. Here are the first five observations in my ten thoughts from the season past.
May 3, 2010
And it's pretty unlikely that Bellamy and any of the other players signed since the takeover will be leaving any time soon. The reason is simple, their wages. City paid over the odds in transfer fees but also gave significant pay raises to a host of players. As such these players are virtually impossible to move as their wages will upset any wage structure at other clubs.
April 13, 2010
Great interview with Carlos Tevez in the Daily Mail by Lee Clayton. I mean it is pro United muck raking at its finest, but you've still got to get the interview rather than the usual pro United anti City fare in the media that has little to do with fact. There's lots of hand wringing going on which leaves just one response...
January 30, 2010
Still all quiet on the transfer front. Yes I know the press is frothing at the mouth about a possible move for Parma's Kenyan midfielder McDonald Mariga but nothing has actually happened. It's all speculation. I don't understand the clubs at this time of year. The transfer window closes at the end of August and teams have four months to figure out what they will need at the club when the January transfer window opens. And what happens? Nothing.
January 8, 2010
Reports are coming in that the Togolese team bus was attacked by Angolan rebels today prior to the start of the African Nations' Cup. City's website is saying that Emmanual Adebayor is unharmed in the attack. There are reports that a couple of players have been injured, but this is unconfirmed at the moment.
January 6, 2010
Today's none story is the "loss" being posted by City. All kinds of negative comments being posted. Wake up! The club is owned by billionaires who have sunk huge sums of money into the club to pay for players and new facilities. Of course it is technically "losing" money but unlike teams like Liverpool or Manchester United there is no debt to service, no inability to enter into the transfer market in a meaningful way. Instead the owners essentially just write a check to pay for their investment because that is what it is, an investment.
December 30, 2009
Argh... Stephen Ireland out for at least two weeks with a hamstring problem. I'll be very curious to see how this is addressed in the upcoming FA Cup 3rd Round tie against Middlesbrough. Do Bellamy and Robinho both start? Given the Brazilians away form this would seem to be unwise and even if you did would you play Robinho in the hole or Bellamy? Neither gives that late running onto the ball threat that makes Ireland so deadly.
June 17, 2009
The joy of selective quoting. City Chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak is quoted on the official club website as saying that the club will look for another "four to six" players in addition to Gareth Barry. So just about every headline you read this morning talks about how City are bringing in six more signings and in some cases this is six more big signings. Er... No.
June 14, 2009
I make a habit of blasting the print press, mainly because they're silly and their coverage would have old time journalists turning in their graves. Occasionally however you get a good little interview. Such is the case with Derick Allsop in the Independent this Sunday as he talks to Mark Hughes.
June 10, 2009
All rumour no substance at the moment which is true for most teams. City just happened to get things off with a bang with Barry, but the lack of announced deals feels unusual even if I don't have specific data to back up said observation. The general consensus seems to be that Joe Hart is off to Birmingham on a year loan.
June 3, 2009
I have to say that I am stunned, utterly delighted, but stunned by the signing of Gareth Barry. For reasons that I'll go into below the England international was the number one player I would have picked for City to sign.
June 2, 2009
The silly season has officially kicked off and while players can't move yet that is not the case when it comes to Managers. Stray thought, would be fascinating if Managers were restricted in movement the same way players were...
May 31, 2009
The Daily Fail is at it again. Once more City are being linked with Kaka and other world superstars. Enough already. Stupid papers with stupid rumours showing exactly why it's a failing business. We all know the script. City get linked to a hundred players in the off season, sign a number of quality players that are appropriate to our squad needs and then the club gets ripped in the press for not signing the superstars even though we are "the richest club in the world."
May 20, 2009
The Club has released an official statement saying that despite press reports today City have not placed a bid for Lionel Messi. Bit of a slippery slope in that once you start denying one transfer rumour if you don't deny all of them then the press will see this as confirmation that there must be some substance to the rumour.
That being said, I'm not sure the club could have done anything else as the constant harping by the rag supporting press leaves the impression that City have approached dozens of players all of whom have turned down City.
May 5, 2009
The club has confirmed that this year's pre season trip will be to South Africa. I must admit to being disappointed in this choice. There remains a tremendous opportunity in the North American market where no one club has achieved any kind of serious penetration.