Dear Khaldoon…

An open letter to Manchester City’s hitherto, impeccable Chairman:

Dear Khaldoon,

You’ve played a blinder for City since becoming chairman in 2008 – nigh on faultless for nearly 13 years – with a MOTM performance in beating UEFA at CAS last year.

City’s greatly admired and respected Chairman, Khaldoon Al Mubarak.

We all make mistakes, even you, but it’s not too late to rectify them.

Time is of the essence. City incur more and more reputational damage with every minute of every hour of every day that ticks by, as we remain subscribed to the so called #EuropeanSuperLeague.

The ‘Dirty Dozen ‘ who comprise the so called European Super League.

Yes we’re well aware of the corrupt nature of UEFA, its greed and shortcomings, but the #esl is even worse – it’s totally anti-competitive – and that goes against the core principles of football in this country.

Naturally, you’ve always stood your ground for City – you would do, wouldn’t you – but as City fans, we always believed you were doing so for other reasons, the RIGHT reasons, those that gave us the moral high ground, above the cesspit of UEFA’s cartel.

And yet here we find ourselves, slithering around in the slime and shit, alongside all the reptiles which you’ve fought against for the past 10 years.


The City fans, down to each man, woman and child, have always had unwavering belief and confidence in you – our Chairman – we always trusted you to do the RIGHT thing by us, and by the club we so love.

Please hear our voices and understand that you are taking us in the WRONG direction. Open your eyes and look at the scum you’re accepting as bedfellows!

Take at face value, it’s insane. City will NEVER be the same again. Aligning us with the backstabbing, self protectionists is hypocritical, shameful and spineless.

The silence presently emanating from the Etihad is a further embarrassment.

Here’s hoping that Khaldoon can yet ensure City do the ‘right thing’ and walk away from the ESL.

You’ve always had the courage and foresight to fight injustice, in the full knowledge that City would invariably be left standing alone.

Now you have an opportunity to do so again, only this time with the support of the wider football community.

You and City must step away from those who represent the worst facets of football.

If you don’t you will inflict incalculable and irrevocable damage on the club you profess to want to nurture for us – the fans.

It’s a big thumbs down for City’s participation in the ESL.

Let the words of Sheikh Mansour resonate like never before, just as they did in 2008, when he pulled City back from the brink of the abyss:

“I am a football fan, and I hope that you will soon see that I am now also a Manchester City fan. But I am also a long-term investor and that is probably more important to the club and to you because it means we are here for the long haul and that we will act always in the best interests of the club and all of its stakeholders, but especially you the fans.”

— Manchester City Sheikh Mansour addresses Manchester City supporters in a letter soon after the takeover

Please Khaldoon, demonstrate to us that you truly ARE the man who we all believe you to be and just walk away from this abhorrent distortion of the beautiful game.

By David Walker @ReadButNeverRed @djwskyblu


  1. April 20, 2021  6:24 pm by stan duncan Reply

    This open letter is not what is required. Unfortunately.

    • April 20, 2021  6:36 pm by David Walker Reply

      Totally agree Stan, but words are the only weapon at my disposal. Sitting on my arse and letting the world pass me by wasn't much of an option.

  2. April 20, 2021  6:26 pm by stuart reed Reply

    Well spoken Dave. Undoubtedly this has been driven by the American owners of Utd, Liverpool and Arsenal who want to Americanise the sporting culture in England and Europe. While we are rightfully disdainful of UEFA (& those grubby clubs that have sought to constantly disparage City) I'm sure that the "American way" is the greater of the two evils

    • April 20, 2021  6:35 pm by David Walker Reply

      I reckon so, but either way, it's one almighty shit show!

  3. April 20, 2021  6:31 pm by Doug Henshaw Reply

    Nice one Dave can't believe we are falling in bed with the very clubs that wanted us kicked out of Europe, relagated and out titles taken from us. We fought and beat the corrupt organisation that is UEFA and we don't want to be part this cartel not one little bit

    • April 20, 2021  6:34 pm by David Walker Reply

      Obviously we're in agreement Doug. It makes you wonder what the hell is the rationale for collaborating with these bastards. UEFA are no friends of ours - not by any stretch - but hopefully City will break their silence and explain their thinking ASAP.

  4. April 20, 2021  6:41 pm by Janet Hampson Reply

    Eloquently spoken as always, with honestly and heartfelt words which resonate with us all. My heart is heavy to think of my club of 47 years acting this way. I hope and pray Sheikh Mansoor will listen and act accordingly

    • April 20, 2021  6:57 pm by David Walker Reply

      Thank you. It looks as if Chelsea might be pulling out. City should've been the first, but they need to get clear of this sh*t ASAP.

    • April 20, 2021  7:18 pm by Brian.Cunningham Reply

      Seems like perez has hoodwinked/mugged others into swift action as it will clear some debt of a badly run club.
      He is using a fairy tale reaction and even his speech today was a desperate plea to justify loss of income telling us only soccer can put it right.
      Not true
      You never know what is round the corner and you spend spend spend to keep above other clubs and hypocriticaly ridicule mcfc for keeping within f.f.p..
      You are a snake grovelling in a pit of self adulation and premier clubs have fell for it.
      Are you not happy till you reach Barcelona mounting debt getting others to pay for your greed

      • April 20, 2021  9:33 pm by David Walker Reply

        I'm just trying to understand on who your guns are trained - is it Perez, Manchester City or someone else?

  5. April 20, 2021  7:01 pm by Ed Reply

    Get the impression that based on the “big” European clubs like Barca and Madrid being in the ESL that it made more sense to be in than out which I can understand, but expecting both to drop out soon.
    Although a lot of this is just football politics and posturing with UEFA concerned at losing control and nonsense threats to the players. Why should they stop Harry Kane playing for England because of something his employer has done.

    • April 20, 2021  9:19 pm by David Walker Reply

      It looks like it was a power play which may actually pay dividends as it appears UEFA has received an extra 1.8 billion euros for Champions League funding. All rather distasteful and nobody emerges with reputations enhanced. Thanks Ed.

  6. April 20, 2021  7:02 pm by Andy Reply

    Eloquently written. My only hope is that this is all some part of a bigger negotiation against UEFA. Sad though that it means for now we ate siding with clubs that recently did their best to ruin us.

    • April 20, 2021  9:21 pm by David Walker Reply

      Not really a case of all's well that ends well, but the nuclear option has given way to what appears to be political and financial posturing. As Liam Gallagher might say, 'As you were' - thanks Andy.

  7. April 20, 2021  7:06 pm by Tom Sheridan Reply

    Brilliant post David especially as it’s so difficult to even talk about
    Interesting though that UEFA continue to behave in the way they’ve always done, retaliating with strip them of the title before they’ve even won it, eliminate them from the CL SF leaving PSG with the trophy, take the LC and give it to a manager less Tottenham, oh wait a minute they can’t and so on. Everyone is showing their true colours and we true blues after making history over the last ten years. Well that’s it, Times up City, Avery Moody Blue and it’s one for the money, two for the show!!

    • April 20, 2021  9:22 pm by David Walker Reply

      Very lyrical sir! Looks like normal service is set to resume.

  8. April 20, 2021  7:09 pm by Andrew Bissell Reply

    As a fan of WWFC, and therefore not one of these big 6 English clubs, such a move in my opinion, will take away the opportunity for fans to watch their team play. My guess is that the ESL will ship these clubs around the middle east on neutral grounds, playing their fixtures.
    What an indictment for the glorious game.
    Mind you, whilst no doubt players wages will increase beyond the already obscene levels we see presently, to a higher Super obscene level, I suspect there will be many players who will not want to live their lives in suitcases, and want relative stability in their own lives, accepting plain old obscene wages. It will be interesting to hear players views as we move forward.
    This is not a pop at Liverpool but I do find it extraordinary, if we are to believe Mr Klopp, that neither he nor the players were consulted. If the players were to all walk away, where would that leave these clubs?
    Unfortunately money will talk, as it does so often in our society.

    • April 20, 2021  9:31 pm by David Walker Reply

      Knowing what we now know, it makes you wonder if it was one big mega bluff, but whatever it was it appears to have had all the solidity of a particularly unstable blancmange. Heads have already started rolling with Woodward at United and Agnelli at Juventus. Woodward will be a particularly big loss - he was a huge asset for Manchester City!

  9. April 20, 2021  7:23 pm by Pete Reply

    I'm fully against this in principle. I agree with Stuart this stinks of an American Cesspit. Let us not forget , also, that many of our so called 'friends' in the premiership, that we wish to steal away from, were very supportive of the corrupt, amoral Uefa and wanted to see us banned for their own ends. Sadly football is now without decency it's each man for himself. Bigger fools us for supporting this current self-interested body (Premier League) who cut many adrift when they formed. It's a dog eat dog world: business. Let us not forget that's what we support these days. Just business, an entertaining one but it's just Business. True sport died 20 odd years ago. Last thought 5 up and 5 down each year is more than the premiership allows.

    • April 20, 2021  9:25 pm by David Walker Reply

      It's a grubby, greedy and sometimes corrupt world isn't it? Makes you wonder why we indulge the avaricious clubs and individuals. Even Pep nicked your script for his press conference! Thanks for some great and personally crafted comments Pete.

  10. April 20, 2021  7:27 pm by stuart reed Reply

    Well done Dave. It took an hour but it seems that your letter worked. Brilliant news

    • April 20, 2021  9:17 pm by David Walker Reply

      Khaldoon hangs on my every word - didn't you know? :-)

  11. April 20, 2021  8:27 pm by Susan Bookbinder Reply

    It seems that Khaldoon is one of your 1 million loyal readers David! I think he seems to be taking your advice and pulling out this bad move. Well done. Well written, well said. Continue to admire your work and your take on everything to do with City. Thank you David!

    • April 20, 2021  9:17 pm by David Walker Reply

      Once he'd read the blog over his dinner he didn't feck about :-) Thanks Suzy ;-)

  12. April 21, 2021  8:26 am by bogolo moremong Reply

    Well done. This abomination needed to be stopped

  13. April 21, 2021  3:44 pm by Will linsdell Reply

    The silence from Khaldoon is deafening. I really think he should consider his position. Is their stated aim of being a community club just an illusion. Are diehard true blues fans really of any real value or do we come second to Asians & Americans? A huge own goal and all trust lost in an instant. At least Henry has come out and apologised for his misjudgement. This could be very costly and frankly we deserve to be financially penalised. If the 12 are in breach and liable for multimillion fines that’s tough in my opinion. Not sure how trust can be restored but a resignation from the top may be the only answer.

    • April 21, 2021  4:20 pm by David Walker Reply

      While fully understanding your disappointment, distrust and dare I say, disillusionment, with recent events - sentiments shared with the overwhelming majority of City fans - I cannot reconcile it with calling for Khaldoon's removal. Until we receive something by way of an explanation, something tangible to try and put into context why City acted as they did, I am reserving judgement.

      I might be deluding myself, but I can't but wonder if there was something bigger going on here - was it part of some kind of subterfuge on City's behalf to take a wrecking ball to UEFA's powerbrokers? Were City acting as some kind of agent provocateur in cahoots with UEFA's Ceferin - playing both sides of the equation to blow the likes of Woodward, Agnelli and Co out of the water - and alter the complexion of the ECA's stranglehold on UEFA.

      It could be straw clutching, but one thing we have learned about Sheikh Mansour and Khaldoon over the past 13 years is that they are extremely savvy. You'd like to think they would not be easily led by a bunch of greedy bastards who comprise our arch enemies over the past 10 years - who knows? Did City fear being left out if the rest of the clubs lurched off into a megabucks new league and tagged along, albeit reluctantly?

      We need answers and there's only the City hierarchy who can give them and, as you state, better sooner rather than later. Unless he's compromised beyond all measure, I would hate for City to lose Khaldoon as our leader, he's been impeccable since 2008 and has ALWAYS had our trust and confidence.

      Time will tell.

      Thanks for for your comments and take on these distasteful events.

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