Manchester City & The Big Four


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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9 Responses

  1. pj rosler says:

    we had an average gate of 28000 in the third tier/div! i say lets sign them all and let the blue moon keep on rising ! God is a blue and thank him i dont have to pick the team! cmon city our time is NOW!

  2. Gervillian Swike says:

    When Chelsea hit the spending a few years ago, they already had a decent team fighting for honours, and were then directed by a superb manager with a proven track record. I remain unconvinced about Mark Hughes. He’s been a manager for maybe eight years now, and not really shown any indication that he’s the goods. For all the glamour of the famous win against Italy, he presided over the worst Wales run in history (which, as you can imagine, was some “achievement”); his record at Blackburn was decent but way behind what is expected of say Moyes or O’Neill; and City were poor for most of last year. Most of the signings and potential signings outlined above are around the thirty mark on huge wages, and his coaching staff don’t inspire confidence. I suspect City’s inevitable rise will be under someone else.

  3. Gervillian Swike says:

    More pertinent – why are people queuing up to plough millions and millions of pounds, on which they surely can’t expect a return, into British football teams? What’s in it for them? Abramovich with Russia and a high profile team like Chelsea, whom he watches at nearly every home game, I can just about understand; the Glaziers making a mint on leveraged debt put on one of the most famous clubs in the world before inevitably selling it on at a profit (and likewise Gillet and Hicks at Liverpool), well it’s unsavoury but it makes financial sense to them; but the others…? Throwing money at clubs for which they have no affinity, no chance of seeing their investment turn into profit, what could possibly be their motive? I just don’t get it.

  4. Wigan Blue says:

    Possibly the wrong title – maybe “Manchester City and the rest of the big four…”

    When you have a team (ah yes, the big unknown), but nevertheless, a team (for the sake of argument) with massive funds available, without any debt, atop the Premiership, winning everything in Europe, winning the World Club Championship, perhaps the guys who bought the club to promote their small nation may take their foot off the pedal. That may be their motive…

  5. Jack says:

    Manchester City supporters would be best advised to enjoy the good times while they last.
    Just wondering how long a TRILLION dollars (and going up by half a million a day) last? possibly longer than the ire being expressed by jealous fans of other less fortunate clubs.

  6. Martin says:

    What a joke circus the Premiership has become.

  7. Joey says:

    To be honest I can see Everton breaking into the top-4 before Man City though.

  8. grrm says:

    Gervillian Swike wrote: ‘For all the glamour of the famous win against Italy, he presided over the worst Wales run in history (which, as you can imagine, was some “achievement”)’
    What a ludicrous statement. Hughes took Wales to the play-offs for Euro 2004, increased attendances hugely and generally had them playing entertaining, cavalier football.

  9. NickDunmore says:

    In his last season at Blackburn, it is worth remembering that Hughes did manage to lead them out of all three cups in home ties against FC Larissa (2nd leg at home), Coventry City and the Arsenal Youth team.

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