One more look at Manchester City at the sales

by Dave Redden

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
 

It’s Madchester sans the twisting melons.

OK. So I realise that everyone and their Mother has an opinion on Manchester City and their search for new talent to wear the Sky Blue in the near future. Here’s my twopennorth!

Manchester City fans were delirious when the club was bought out by Sheikh Mansour and his group and their (almost) bottomless pockets. Now they are delirious with the faint prospect of relegation. Everyone knew that City would hit the January transfer window like an addicted shopper hits the post-Christmas sales but now it’s more of a necessity than the luxury it was supposed to be.

People need to realize that the new owners bought City for more than the obvious reason. Yes, they are interested in the sport of football and yes, the English Premier League is without doubt the best in the world. It is precisely that fact that brought the group to Manchester. One of their main aims is to promote the country of Abu Dhabi and they see owning Manchester City as a vehicle to doing just that.

With that in mind who would consider their recent attempt to lure the absurdly named Kaka from Italian giants, AC Milan, as a complete failure? Certainly not me! Consider the free publicity they have gained for themselves from the offer. If they get their guy, great, they wanted him anyway. If not, ah well, they tried and failed but hit the sports pages and television talk shows all over the world.

It’s not like they aren’t chasing other players in the meantime. I’m not talking about the much traveled Craig Bellamy who, at best, will be a short term substitute and who knows what else. They will land more players of high quality, having already signed Wayne Bridge and snatched Hamburg’s midfielder, Nigel de Jong from under the noses of Real Madrid.

Manchester City now knows where it stands in the world that is the transfer market. Money alone will not bring top class players to Eastlands. Success will do that. The Sky Blues need to work on finishing as high in the league as they can and then building on that to aim for a Top 5 finish for the next couple of seasons and pull in a cup or two along the way. Maybe then they can chase the Kakas of the world successfully.

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  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    They have taken over from Newcastle as the best panto in town!

  • Sam

    If you associate Manc City to Newcastle then you must assess their respective owners.

    In the crazy world that we live in now the Premiership has become the millionaires/trillionaires playground. Abu Dhabi must have been what Sheikh Mansour brought along to show off to all the other kids. But as this is going on, the local kid who’s been held back a year must surely be Mike Ashley. All he ever wanted to do was show the softer side of the industry and represent the lager lout business exec. Either that or he was trying to encourage the sale of extra-extra-large replica shirts for beer-gutted Tynesiders?!?

    Each to their own, eh.

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