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The highs and lows at the blue side of Manchester

July 26, 2010

Fans of the Citizens are not very different from fans of Spurs. Deprived of success over the years, we also have to come to terms with our immediate rivals gaining success after success, although in Man City’s case, they’ve probably had to deal with it for the best part of the last 30 years and counting, as Man United still win title after title, while they were playing yo-yo between the various divisions.

No other group of fans can say they experience the highs and lows of football more than City fans. A mere 12 years ago when United was taking the Premier League (and eventually the UCL) by storm powered by the goals of Yorke, Sheringham, and Cole, City were relegated to the then-2nd Division, becoming the first former winners of a European trophy to be relegated to the 3rd tier of their domestic league.

Promotion was achieved, but barely, in a playoff and on penalties, keeping in line with their history of giving fans plenty of optimism, crushing it, and then reviving it. Successive promotions ensued, led by ridiculously named Paul Dickov and Premier League status was kept for one season only before relegation again to the Championship. There, City broke all manner of records in securing promotion back again into the top flight, and fast forward a few years later, and no matter how City fans try to play up his eventual achievements, the employment of much-ridiculed former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson lead to a few laughs being shared amongst fans of other clubs. Even during this time, the supposed renaissance from “Frank”, deposed Thai Prime Minister Thaksin never came, and allegations into corruption in his homeland took the attention of Sven’s achievements on the pitch away from the club it so rightfully deserved.

The takeover by the Abu Dhabi group, lead to the highs of signing a host of other big names, before the successive number of draws lead to the sacking of Mark Hughes, who I thought was doing a good job. The hiring of Serie A winner led to the belief the title could be won, but an eventual 5th place finish was still an improvement.

Coming in to this season, City have bought David Silva, Jerome Boateng, Yaya Toure, and Kolarov, and while they have been linked with Milner and Bolatelli, they have just been hit by the news that under new EPL regulations, some of their players like Robinho, Bellamy, Ireland and De Jong may have to go, and on the cheap! Managing egos is one thing, but managing a player who misses out on the registration and is sure not to play in the EPL at least until winter is an impossible task.

Whatever it is, I am sure that City will make it through, whether it’d be to sell or loan players out. The question I always ask is what drama lies ahead, because with Manchester City, you never know! Will there be an internal player revolt? Will Mancini suddenly pack up and go? Will the board suddenly have had enough of playing fantasy football?

What rollercoaster of drama lies ahead of us? If I had to compare United and City, I’d compare them to dating a woman. With United, she’d be as boring as they’d come, but you can always rely on her consistency to pick up the kids, do the dishes, but with City, you’d get the hottest girl in town, and will always be up for a night of fun, but has a melodrama package just waiting to be bust open. I just can’t wait to see what happens next!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. AMO permalink
    July 26, 2010 6:01 am

    Spot on! I have been on this roller coaster the last 40+ years and are loving every moment of it!
    Maybe, just maybe, this is our time?????????

    • July 27, 2010 2:07 am

      i think city fans hv crazy blood pressure levels at the rate you guys go thru waves!

  2. George permalink
    July 26, 2010 8:24 pm

    Roberto Mancini strikes me as the kind of bloke who will pack his bags and jump ship at the first wiff of trouble. If I was a gambling man, I’d put a cheeky £20 on him not being there this time next year. It could go one of two ways though; Either City will have an absolute stormer and end up finishing in the top four and winning a domestic trophy, or perhaps the Europa League, or they’ll end up worse off than last year. Like you said, whatever happens it’ll be a very intriguing watch.

  3. September 20, 2010 8:20 am

    I know young george here has a knack like so many others of stating the obvious ‘oh look at me, I feel so so intelligent stating it can go either way’ lmao.

    George is dreaming it does all go wrong, his comment stinks of a glory hunting rag boy.

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