Category archives: City Chat

City are lapping up Pep’s new blue language

Pep Guardiola is the unsurpassed master of the language of football. It transcends the command of his native Catalan, his Spanish mother tongue, his fluent German and his good, and rapidly improving, English. In his first 35 days in competitive game mode with Manchester City, Pep has quickly familiarized himself with some of the grammatical oddities of the Queen’s English, words that sound the same, but have totally different meanings. Take […]

Calm down calm down calm down - City’s message to Rooney

City won the Manchester derby 2-1, so there’s no way the following observations on England and Manchester United’s captain can be categorised as ‘sour grapes’ or the grunts of a sore loser. Wayne Rooney is thoroughly despicable on the field of play, at each and every sky blue versus red derby day. He is a cheating, conniving and manipulative ‘has-been’ who, as his once great talents recede quicker than his hairline, resorts more and more […]

Txiki is City’s ‘Loan Arranger’

Does Txiki Begiristain deserve a tick in the box or a ticking off, after presiding over eight transfer windows since joining Manchester City in October 2012? With the summer transfer window creaking on its hinges ready to slam shut tonight, City’s Director of Football seems to be putting together more loan deals than Wonga, Amigo and Pounds to Pocket, combined. Maybe he should consider changing his nickname from Txiki to […]

Hart's self preservation...via Italian Job

Joe Hart has – in the words of the song from the iconic ‘Italian Job’ movie – been forced to join the ‘self preservation society’ by Pep Guardiola. The new City boss has blown the ‘bloody doors off’ Hart’s Manchester City career, as the deposed keeper is left with little option but to join Torino on a season long loan deal to Serie A. Pep’s pedigree as the pre-eminent manager […]

Cheeky Liver bird wants City to sell Joe on the 'cheep'

Fairly or unfairly, it’s pretty damn certain that Joe Hart is heading for the Etihad exit in the next few days. Last night saw an outpouring of emotion for City’s popular keeper, as thousands of fans sang his name and applauded his every touch during the win over Steaua Bucharest. Pep Guardiola even gave Joe the captain’s armband for what will surely be his last appearance as a City blue. […]

Is the price right for City fans?

Do Manchester City REALLY need ticket prices as high as £45-£60 for the Champions League Quarter Final against PSG? That’s virtually the equivalent top charge for the biggest Premier League games against the likes of European exiles Manure, Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs etc, in a competition long held in contempt by a large section of City fans. Is this REALLY the way to attract supporters, bearing in mind the mega riches […]

Clattenburg & Co living the life of Riley

Mike Riley was one of the highest profile referees of his generation. He was also one of the worst. As the boss of Professional Game Match Officials Ltd (PGMOL) Riley has shown himself to be an even bigger pillock & failure off the field…no mean feat. He and his colleagues continue to plunge new depths of incompetence on a breathtaking scale week in and week out. Yes, being a referee […]

Fraudulent Manchester City signings!

The January transfer window remains open for a few more days, but will Manchester City splash the cash to help land silverware on four fronts…or will they wait for Pep Guardiola’s arrival, before embarking on an unprecedented summer spending spree? Manuel Pellegrini’s squad has been riddled with injuries this season, and yet they’re just three points off the top of the Premier League, one win away from a League Cup […]

Summer sizzler leaves City’s rivals in the cold

Superbia in Proelio – just about every Manchester City fan can master at least the one Latin phrase – Pride in Battle. On the basis of a sizzling summer of transfer deals, maybe City fans should add another to their bi-lingual repertoire – Professionales in Negotium – Professional in Business. While Chelsea’s Roman roubles were falling on stony ground at Goodison Park, Arsenal were restricting themselves to just one £11m […]

Emotional rollercoaster as City go for record-breaking 10/10 wins

As Manchester City go for a record-breaking 10th win on the spin against Watford this Saturday it heralds a three-day rollercoaster ride of emotions. The man who took me to my first ever City game died on August 30th, 19 years ago, I married the love of my life on August 31st, 30 years ago and the most amazing moment of all occurred on September 1st, 26 years ago, with the […]