Paranoia…or are the pundits really out to ‘get’ City?

Football is a game all about opinions, or so we’re told. 

It’s argued that if you take away the controversy surrounding the flashpoints – the penalty appeal, the handball, the diving – you rip the heart out of the most popular team sport on the planet.

In an age of wall-to-wall football coverage, where social media gives everybody a chance and a channel to have their views ‘heard’, there are privileged individuals able to use their exalted positions to influence public perceptions on the critical decisions in the beautiful game.

Does Manuel get a fair hearing in the media?Courtesy @MCFC

Does Manuel get a fair hearing in the media?Courtesy @MCFC

I refer to the pundits, the ex-players and managers, who populate the studios and stadiums for match coverage supplied by Sky, BT, ITV, BBC, talkSPORT and the like.

There was a time when commentators and their cohorts were strictly impartial, displaying no bias to either side. Sadly, especially in the case of Manchester City, this seems to be long gone.

We’re fortunate that we live in a democracy and if a viewer is so affronted by the seemingly biased and unbalanced commentaries of a TV channel, they can unsubscribe to the service or, at the very least, hit the mute button.

Fair deal - Do Manchester City get fair and balanced treatment when analysed by the so-called football 'experts'?Courtesy @MCFC

Fair deal – Do Manchester City get fair and balanced treatment when analysed by the so-called football ‘experts’?Courtesy @MCFC

It’s a subjective topic.

Viewers and listeners must make up their own minds as to the relevance and ‘insight’ provided by ex-players such as Michael ‘Monotone Drone’ Owen, Alan Hansen, Jamie Carragher, Jamie Redknapp, Didi Hamann, Mark Lawrenson, Robbie Fowler, Graeme Souness, Steve McManaman, David James, Ray Houghton and Phil Thompson, all of whom just happen to have spent their halcyon playing days at Liverpool.

Admittedly, four of them later went on to represent City, but all are more readily associated with the Anfield outfit…and more than willing to join the present media love-fest with Liverpool.

Are Liverpool getting an easy ride from the 'Merseyside Mafia' in the world of football punditry? Courtesy @MCFC

Are Liverpool getting an easy ride from the ‘Merseyside Mafia’ in the world of football punditry? Courtesy @MCFC

In fairness, Souness is quite objective when commenting on City, but he’s in a minority of one on Sky and BT Sport.

Hansen and Hamann recently delivered their BBC Match of the Day verdict on an ‘alleged’ dive by Liverpool’s Luis Suarez while playing against City.

They presented what they claimed was incontrovertible proof that there was ‘contact’ with Martin Demichelis, and that the Uruguayan striker, going down in a thoroughly dramatic style, was fully justified.

At best the ‘evidence’ presented, via a carefully selected one-dimensional camera angle, was flimsy. If viewed from a variety of different angles it was plain to see there is clear daylight between El Rodento and El Pony Tail.

BBC's Match of the Day claimed Martin Demichelis fouled Luis Suarez, while the rest of the world (apart from Liverpool fans) know the truth.Courtesy @MCFC

BBC’s Match of the Day claimed Martin Demichelis fouled Luis Suarez, while the rest of the world (apart from Liverpool fans) know the truth.Courtesy @MCFC

It was an outrageous attempt to influence anybody gullible enough to think MOTD still harboured any lingering vestige of credibility.

It was totally at odds with the majority view, as well as live Sky coverage and analysis earlier in the day, from none other than ex- Manchester United stalwart, Gary Neville.

As a player, Neville wasn’t at the top of any City fan’s Christmas card list, but as a pundit, it has to be said, he has excelled. Tactically astute, he genuinely enriches the viewing experience. Never, did I dream in my wildest of dreams, that I would ever be so complimentary to young Gary!

Painful - Ex-United full back & now Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville, does well to hide the pain as his old club lurch from disaster to disaster. Courtesy @MCFC

Painful – Ex-United full back & now Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville, does well to hide the pain as his old club lurch from disaster to disaster. Courtesy @MCFC

Such a plaudit for a pundit cannot and will not be extended to BT Sports’ obnoxious Owen. Give the man – who makes ex-Formula One World Champion Nigel Mansell’s Brummie brogue sound exciting – a microphone and Twitter goes beserk.

The ex- Liverpool and Real Madrid striker and former Newcastle, Manure and Stoke medical room squatter, constantly refers to City as ‘Manchester U-City’ – is he just plain thick, or is he hell bent on incitement rather than being insightful?

Niall Quinn and Danny Mills are two former City players now prominent on TV and radio, but you won’t find many, if any, City supporters who think the pair show any undue positivity towards their former employers.

Potential pundit? Could The Goat be fed with some high profile work as a Sky pundit to help balance coverage of Man City?

Potential pundit? Could The Goat be fed with some high profile work as a Sky pundit to help balance coverage of Man City?

Quinn covered himself in glory when co-commentating with Sky’s Martin Tyler on the ‘Aguerrroooo’ moment, as City snatched the title against QPR in the most dramatic of circumstances.

Can anybody recall a single complimentary Quinn utterance about City since May 13th 2012? It’s not being facetious, it’s a genuine enquiry.

Disappointment - ex-City striker Niall Quinn made no secret of the fact he wanted Sunderland to beat City in the League Cup Final. Courtesy @MCFC

Disappointment – ex-City striker Niall Quinn made no secret of the fact he wanted Sunderland to beat City in the League Cup Final. Courtesy @MCFC

As for Mills, well where do you start? For a man who picked up £ millions in wages, doing nigh on diddly squat over five long, torturous years in sky blue, he sure as hell is ungrateful. Actually, that doesn’t come close, he’s downright venomous, but why? That’s another genuine question.

Over on ITV there is a small chink of light in the shape of ex-Stoke, Arsenal and England full back, Lee Dixon, a lifelong City fan, who tells it as it is – fair enough.

The poor man has to share punditry duties with the ex-Manure midfielder Roy Keane – every television producer’s nightmare if the less than ebullient Irishman has to comment on an incident that occurred in the ‘turd’ minute of the match. Puzzling, Keano isn’t one for extending niceties to Manchester City.

That said, Roy comes across as the Albert Einstein of football wisdom in comparison with Dwight ‘Not So Bright’ Yorke.

Driving passion - City Ambassador Mike Summerbee proved a formidable pundit at the Manchester derby. Courtesy @MCFC

Driving passion – City Ambassador Mike Summerbee proved a formidable pundit at the Manchester derby. Courtesy @MCFC

Who could ever forget the hilarity when Sky had City’s combative Ambassador, Mike Summerbee, in alongside ‘Right Dork’ and ‘Arry’s Boy at Old Trafford, when Shrek shinned his famous ‘bicycle’ kick past Joe Hart to secure a 2-1 win for Manure.

Belligerent Buzzer played a blinder, telling the young lightweights to stop kissing Rooney and Sir Baconface’s backsides, and acknowledge that City had played a full part in a close fought encounter. Brilliant.

Any accusations of anti-City bias in the press and media are always vehemently denied by journalists and broadcasters alike, but delve into the likes of Twitter, Facebook, online City forums and even the latest ‘app’ Sports Yapper, and there’s an abundance of folk who are convinced that such an agenda does exist.

Media agenda - does an anti-City bias exist or are we all a bit too sensitive? Courtesy @MCFC

Media agenda – does an anti-City bias exist or are we all a bit too sensitive? Courtesy @MCFC

Does the tongue-in-cheek reference of, ‘Just because we’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get us’, have any substance in reality?

If, as many of the sky blue persuasion believe, it does, what could or should be done about it, if at all possible?

It would be wholly wrong to want, or expect, a sea change with a majority of pundits singing ‘Blue Moon’ and doing unto others as has been done to City.

In the spotlight - Yaya Toure speaks with Sky Football pundit Jamie Redknapp. Courtesy @MCFC

In the spotlight – Yaya Toure speaks with Sky Football pundit Jamie Redknapp. Courtesy @MCFC

All City fans want is a fair deal, but if impartiality is no more, then which ex-City player or manager would be best equipped to offer well rounded expert analysis, albeit carrying a subtle sky blue hue from time to time?

Is it right to even be thinking along those lines or do people actually like to feel a sense of outrage at what they perceive to be a slur on their club? Does it engender a sense of injustice that brings City fans closer together?

 

 

David Walker

@djwskyblu www.readbutneverred.com

64 Comments

  1. April 25, 2014  8:10 am by Greg Reply

    Agree 100%, since buzzer gave his version of events that day I don't believe he's been invited back to sky, and you'll be hard pushed to find any pundits with a fair view, lord forbid a blue bias, when city are on the box. It's happening too frequently and being noticed by too many to be paranoia, just stick to GMR and The Goat.

    • April 25, 2014  6:08 pm by David Walker Reply

      Trouble is we need a national balance rather than a nice sky blue hue locally, which in all fairness, is always going to be there.

  2. April 25, 2014  8:19 am by Eileen Fullen Reply

    Absolutely brilliant read so true we have to educate the biased media that we are here to stay and must continue to win to aid that view. Add more to our trophy cabinet and we one day will turn this bias around. (Altho not completely convinced It will happen!) the media somehow prefer the Yanks who bleed the Rags dry to our Clubs investment to the sport and community. Thank God the squatters have gone. But they continue to make blood money by knocking our club. Thank goodness you are here to put it all in perspective.

    • April 25, 2014  10:20 am by David Walker Reply

      As my dear, sadly now departed, Dad used to say to me when I was a youngster: "You're OK, you've got me...all I've got is you!"

      If I'm all we've got we are in deep deep sh*t!

      ;-)

    • April 25, 2014  1:05 pm by Dave Richards Reply

      a very well thought out peice and very true. I an so pleased that City are at home on the last day of the season. That way I shall be at the game and will not have to watch Sky's bias coverage, cheering Liverpool to the title. If you have to watch that, have a bucket ready.

      • April 25, 2014  6:09 pm by David Walker Reply

        Oh well, IF Liverpool win it, let's see how they cope with an adult schedule next season...playing 3 games a week!

  3. April 25, 2014  9:03 am by Allan Reply

    I live and work in Nigeria but it is even evident here. More worrying the Premier League were worried about their product because the rags are not doing well, best substitute a team that is has supporters, at least that's waht they call themselves, all over the world. Then Liverpool get penalties like there going out of fashion and why was Suarez not sent off and why was Skrtel allowed to wrestle not one but two City players in box and yes Dzeko did go down theatrically but if you are kicked inside the box it's a penalty or have the rules changed. The thing that has put the tin lid on it though is Steven Gerrard quivering lip! Ahh now they must win the league.

    • April 25, 2014  6:10 pm by David Walker Reply

      It's 'destiny'...apparently. Someone said that Liverpool's last game of the season against Newcastle would be Rodgers' 96th as manager. If true, how weird is that?

  4. April 25, 2014  9:16 am by Ian Taylor Reply

    Did you watch the Liverpool v City match on Sky. When Liverpool scored the commentator was screaming "GOAL". It was like England had scored the winning goal in the World Cup Final. When City scored he sounded absolutely gutted! That did not sound impartial at all.

      • April 26, 2014  3:29 pm by Guy Reply

        I've noticed in many matches on sky, not just the Liverpool game, Martin Tyler in particular gets far more excited by a goal scored against City, than any goal we score.

        Also, how many matches show by Sky will have studio guests to represent the opposition, but not City? The bias, regardless of if it's intention or not, is plain for all to see!

  5. April 25, 2014  10:01 am by John McCauley Reply

    Spot on with comments. To add substance to your comments there are 44 ex pool players in the media. To take that point further think about who employed them? Exactly other pool supporters. So trying to get unbiased professional journalistic integrity is impossible . To add to that if your not listening to ex pool players then it's ex united players . It's sewn up!!!

    • April 25, 2014  6:13 pm by David Walker Reply

      Not forgetting Wilkins, Cascarino and Cundy from Chelsea - totally disproportionate. City need a siege mentality and let actions speak much much louder than words next season.

  6. April 25, 2014  11:03 am by Ian B Reply

    I think you have absolutely hit the spot here. Long & short of it City need to wield their considerable influence to get a Blue faction into the fray.
    It's not just the Rags or the Scousers but we have Chelsea represented by the lamentable Wilkins, Cascarino, Cundy et al. Arsenal have Dixon, now an ex Blue in my eyes,Groves etc.
    Spot the omission, no genuine Blue representatives, Possible candidates would be the Goat, Dennis Tueart, Lakey, Andy Hinchcliffe etc etc.
    It's a major issue as far as I'm concerned, we need to address this now we have managed to ease the press bias a little having the likes of Henry Winter & Martin Samuels giving us a fair hearing but so many of the others are completely anti CityWe have a small but vociferous number of web posters who deny the problem but that's like still believing that the earth is flat.
    Can anyone recall a time when a City winner was hailed with the enthusiasm that Liverpool's goals have been greeted lately? We still hear the sad old cliches meted out by the likes of the odious Pulis or Allardice about our spending etc etc.
    The balance needs correcting now, the public actually believes the bile that us being spouted.

    • April 25, 2014  6:22 pm by David Walker Reply

      Glad you agree and I agree with you - isn't that all nice and cosy! If nothing can be done then - sod 'em - let's just gain more points than any of the other buggers next year and who gives a flying wotsit what anybody says!

  7. April 25, 2014  11:59 am by Guvnor Reply

    Well written David, I agree with everything you have said, hey and not one mention of a referee, CTID

    • April 25, 2014  12:10 pm by David Walker Reply

      Cheers Guv - yes I slipped up there, not having a pop at referees. In fairness, Dermot Gallagher on Sky Sports News is pretty good.

  8. April 25, 2014  12:04 pm by Andy Devereux Reply

    You're spot on David some of the stuff being said by so called experts is shameful, some are so thick though that I don't think they know they're doing it but fair play, mr neville, genuine admiration for the man.Top class read again David cheers :)

    • April 25, 2014  12:22 pm by David Walker Reply

      Thanks Andy - yes Neville has been a revelation. Sadly Carragher is as bad as I'd feared, whereas Owen is just pants - boring, biased bastard.

  9. April 25, 2014  1:11 pm by craig stephens Reply

    could not have put it better myself. sky sports are and have always been anti city if you watch ssn they now adopt a lets ignore them approach due to volume of complaints same with bbc. it got so bad with complaints at bbc they had to send the match of the day crew Lawry and all down to the Etihad to appease city fans.BT is a strange one though lifes a pitch with des Kelly is great with city. commentary on matches is poor though with owen. glad sky and itv have lost the champions league though someone must be watching and on our side. hope sky loose the rights to premier league if nothing else for there constant man city ffp rule breaking agendas.

    • April 25, 2014  6:16 pm by David Walker Reply

      Trouble is BT Sports are stepping in e.g. Owen, McManaman. In fairness, Hargreaves isn't too bad and Jake Humphreys - with whom I have had the pleasure of working - is a nice guy.

  10. April 25, 2014  1:22 pm by Bill Glas Reply

    I think this goes back further than the takeover by ADUG. It always seemd to be a case of Manchester City ho ho ho.. Admittedly, there were times when it was deserved, but it was done to excess, with grudging respect paid during the short periods when City were successful. It seems to have stepped up several gears since 2009, with people whom you would think should know better all jumping on the bash City bandwagon. The revelation, as a number of people have commented, has been Gary Neville. Most City fans, including me, just dismissed him as a red numpty, as a player, and not worth listening to, but I have to confess I have become a fan of his match analyses since he turned pundit, and in fairness, he continues to deliver an even handed view of City's efforts on the field. I did laugh at him when he was asked for his views on the 1-6 result, as he struggled to maintain his composure. His face then looked like boiled sh*te, but he's been a damned sight better than the other commentators (Messrs Dixon and Souness excepted) on MOTD and Sky.

    • April 25, 2014  6:16 pm by David Walker Reply

      Never thought I'd have respect for Gary Neville...but I have. Bloody annoying!

    • April 25, 2014  7:03 pm by John Evans TT Reply

      Entirely agree with you Bill. except the vitriol started after the take over, when we upset the excepted order.

      With United missing out on European qualification this season (as Liverpool did last) you can understand the motivation.

  11. April 25, 2014  2:25 pm by John Evans TT Reply

    David thank you for getting the juices flowing!

    ‘Is it right to even be thinking along those lines or do people actually like to feel a sense of outrage at what they perceive to be a slur on their club? Does it engender a sense of injustice that brings City fans closer together?

    'Yes' and it makes us stronger. .

    I would hazard that more column inches or airtime is devoted to soccer than any other subject in the world. Never mind the Beatles, football is more important to many people than God. The turn-coat David Conn even thinks the Sheikh is richer than God.

    ‘There was a time when commentators and their cohorts were strictly impartial, displaying no bias to either side. Sadly, especially in the case of Manchester City, this seems to be long gone’. That was before Sky and the even more repellent BT Sport.

    It is easy to sound like Kenneth Williams in ‘Carry on Cleo’ Infamy infamy they've all got it in for me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvs4bOMv5Xw but I’m sure there is an Anti-City Cabal orchestrated by prominent anti-Arab journo’s, ironic given City’s support in Manchester’s Jewish community.

    Choreographed banners headlines about FFP breaches, exploitation of ex pat labour in UAE, the hounding of Balotelli and Mancini etc. is proof enough for me that this clique’s exists. They are now trying (not very successfully) to besmirch MP (‘can’t add up’, ‘wrong squad rotation’, wrong transfers….). But that’s hard to do with such a decent and intelligent man. But they keep trying.

    ‘The has-been’s, never have been’s,‘ex-players; and managers, who populate the studios, stadiums, newspaper columns and web pages are paid by Sky, BT, ITV, BBC, talkSPORT and the like to have their opinions broadcast’ to numpties willing to gobble up the pap they are fed.

    Let them. We know who they are and where the ‘mute’ button is on the remote.

    • April 25, 2014  6:19 pm by David Walker Reply

      In the words of Kenneth Williams, what chance a fair and balanced punditry approach towards Man City?
      " Matron, nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!"

  12. April 25, 2014  7:00 pm by Al Reply

    From the day scudamore out his two penneth in with his it would be great to see Liverpool win the premiership, city were doomed for this title, it has been incessant Liverpool from what is now known has scouse sports, from redknapp carriger Thompson Hansen hamman lawrenson Owen souness the list is endless, they are bias and so transparent an it shows I'm every quarter, it has effected the officials to a degree that clattenburg officiated the occasion and not the game, that man should never be allowed to officiate aanchester game again.

    • April 26, 2014  9:54 am by David Walker Reply

      Clattenburg is lauded as one of our finest referees. If he's the best we have then we may as well dispense with refs and just play first team to score 5 wins! Premier League referees - honest/corrupt, adequate/inept impartial/biased?

  13. April 25, 2014  8:27 pm by Stuart Reed Reply

    Dave, excellent - I think there is a collective unconscious if not conscious attack on City (btw you missed Alan Green, Mark Pugatch, Craig Burley & N&S Custis - and where they are not Utd or Liverpool fans they are City haters). I only read what Henry Winter has got to say because although City may not be his favourite team, like Gary Neville(ffs!) he's fair. We are always damned with faint praise or not given any IF we get a mention!. I thought I was paranoid & the only one who thought this but obviously not. Vote with your feet & cancel Sky & BT. Watch it with a Russian commentator - a much better quality of commentator. btw god bless Mike Summerbee for that Sky moment

    • April 25, 2014  9:05 pm by David Walker Reply

      Russian commentator Ivor Nokabolokov is presently sidelined after an accident in the gantry!

  14. April 25, 2014  9:26 pm by Niallquinnsdiscopants Reply

    It wasn't Niall Quinn who was alongside Martin Tyler for the QPR game it was Jim Beglin!

    • April 26, 2014  9:50 am by David Walker Reply

      £10 to the charity of either my choice or your choice says different. NIALL QUINN ALL DAY LONG!

      • April 26, 2014  7:53 pm by Niallquinnsdiscopants Reply

        20 quid to charity says it wasn't Niall Quinn!

        • April 27, 2014  12:20 am by David Walker Reply

          Happy with that but just for clarification we are talking about the Sky TV commentary with Martin Tyler and his co-commentator? I

          • April 27, 2014  12:18 pm by Niallquinnsdiscopants

            Of course !

  15. April 25, 2014  9:31 pm by John Reply

    Spot on David

    Sick and tired of hearing how great the football Liverpool are playing and the goals they are scoring are,people seem to forget our free flowing football and goals from earlier on in the season.

    A scoucer came into my work today and said it would be good if Liverpool won the league for the football they have played the last 2/3 months I had to remind him that it's a 9 month season.

    Keep up the good work David

    • April 26, 2014  9:51 am by David Walker Reply

      Thanks John, your feedback is much appreciated.

  16. April 25, 2014  11:31 pm by Simon Dear Reply

    Agree with all the comments on such an emotive subject , taking a slightly different slant on the seemingly media witch hunt against City , hand on heart which candidate that is an ex City legend that is still involved in the game and no longer contracted in some way to City , and fits the criteria re Age ( not older than Hansen ) would you pick ? ...
    Me too , can really say there is anyone out there , maybe with the power shift of the last 5 years and hopefully the
    next 10 then the lack of pro City punditry in football may change .. Could see Kompany being an excellent pundit in 10 years if he's not a manager ( or our manager ) . Maybe Joe Hart , another good talker .
    Can you see where I am coming from , maybe we have to change the media makeup abit like our Champions league co efficient , it will take time and until it changes we just have to get on with it and tough it out , although I think the media frenzy surrounding Liverpool in the last few weeks has been hard to swallow , I know a lot of rags and neutrals in football would love to see them fall on their arses , even in favour of City winning it , can't see it myself .
    Agree totally about Gary Neville , couldn't stand him as a footballer unless he was wearing an England shirt and when he for the job with Sky ... I thought surely not ... But he is actually very unbiased , refreshing and really good to listen too tactically and spots things that I often miss , the acid test will come of course , if / when the rags become a real force once again. Hopefully by then we will have a blue pundit sat next to him and not that biased scouse Peggy Babcock commentator !

    • April 26, 2014  8:44 am by David Walker Reply

      If City can dominate English football via their play then we can let the pundits drown in in their own bile. It would invalidate their vitriolic comments even further. I'd prefer that rather than having articulate pro-City pundits comment on a resurgent Man Utd!

  17. April 26, 2014  2:03 am by craig stephens Reply

    gill and baconface leave swamp same time rags buy sky shares in MUTV after purchasing ITV stake in MUTV earlier. sky is part of news corp which owns the sun the times newspapers they also own shares in ITV channel 5 who in turn owns daily star daily express newspapers who employ hundreds of journos all singing to the tune of there masters who in turn own shares in man ure do you see the patern.gill now is the head of EU committee which controls football new ffp rules baconface now sits at platini side throw in dyke head of FA ex rag director and theres your agenda theres your dirty tricks anti city stop city at all costs cartel.my problem is we thought BT had partnered city to give us a voice but this is being proved not tgo be the case although they have took champions league away from SKYand ITV small mercies me thinks.

    • April 26, 2014  8:48 am by David Walker Reply

      Conspiracy - what conspiracy? And that little lot that you have mentioned hardly explains the present Liverpool love in. It's going to take time to erode years of bias in favour of the various red affiliations.

  18. April 26, 2014  7:02 am by CiTyBlUe Reply

    Unfortunately our problem is the fact our country and Sports coverage is infested with Liverpool, Arsenal and Man United fans, that's the real problem and it's not going to go away until we've dominated English football for a decade at the least.

    I haven't watched a match on TV once this season, where the commentators haven't been extremely supportive of our opposition and extremely against our City. Part of the reason being we are neither an underdog any more, nor are we Liverpool or United with a rich history of buying titles and trophies yet. J Carragher for instance is a cockroach repeatedly spouting his bias loyalty to Liverpool, while trying his hardest but failing miserably to be impartial. Match day commentators are unbelievably bias, sure they show a bit of respect for an individual City player when they weave a bit of sublime magic but it stops right there. This will not change until we've put them in their place and dominated of nation sport, stuck one up and forced them to accept that we ain't going anywhere no matter how hard they insult us, show contempt for us or try to ignore us. The cockroach bin dippers winning the league plays right in to their hands, prepare for that fallout and lets see how many point to our money spent, wage structure and superstar squad that's more, stronger and better but still can't win the league. Oh wait a minute?, they've already done so but they will take it up a level you watch.

    • April 26, 2014  7:10 am by CiTyBlUe Reply

      I forgot to mention referee's being influenced by the Media and the Premier League, I honestly believe corruption is present and Liverpool have been helped this season with players like Agger and Skrtel never being punished for wrestling and cheating, Henderson for how many dangerous tackles going unpunished and Suarez for how many dives exactly?

      • April 26, 2014  8:54 am by David Walker Reply

        Skrtel is a REAL piece of work - quite unbelievable what he gets away with on the field. The whole season could have changed based on Clattenburg's failure to send off diving Suarez.

    • April 26, 2014  8:52 am by David Walker Reply

      Your comments are embodied in the worshipping of Brendan Rodgers who is constantly taking a pop at City's wealth. Why doesn't he celebrate his team's success without the need to keep undermining City? We'll put things right next season.

  19. April 26, 2014  8:03 am by Susan richardson Reply

    Excellent read. The answer of course is for Sheik Mansour to buy into the media and stick in his own men. Mute button and cancellation of sky. I recently completed a comment sheet and phone interview for Sky and answered most questions with ' because of your bias against Man City' they assured me my comments would help them to improve in the future. Yeah right! It's got to the point where I actually don't want to hear smarmy nice comments. What has been quite noticeable though is Gary Lineker actually challenging the biased comments a bit more but it needs stepping up. The Custises are odious toads

    • April 26, 2014  8:58 am by David Walker Reply

      Conversely, for every City fan who cancels Sky, you'll find gloryhunting Scousers ready to fund a subscription. Personally it will make any future City success all the sweeter if these biased bastards have to choke on their anti-City comments.

  20. April 26, 2014  10:07 am by guy Burke Reply

    Totally agree with everything already said. A couple of points which i don't think have been raised:- Shaun goater on bbc radio Manchester is superb, intelligence, passion and well observed expert opinion. Also Nostradamus summerbee predicted City would come to Stretford and give united a real thrashing very soon . This was live on sky after Rooney's shinner and half a season before the 6-1 !!! He was of course laughed at by the experts ? Ps . I have an extremely good feeling about tomorrow!!!

    • April 26, 2014  10:13 am by David Walker Reply

      I sincerely hope that both I and every other Manchester City fan, are able to share your good feelings on Sunday night after Chelsea Reserves beat Liverpool and City triumph at the Palace...the mere prospect!!!!

      Yes Buzzer was spot on wasn't he...top man our Mike!

  21. April 26, 2014  11:07 am by Richard Cooper Reply

    Tried to send a comment yesterday but did not appear to "go through"
    Know I am getting on a bit but pressing "Add Comment" button can't be that hard !
    Very witty and perceptive article David
    As I haven't got Sky it would be unfair to comment on their punditry but I heard today that Hansen is making his last MOTD appearence. If I am correct Good
    Is he the most self loving, smug, patronising commentator/pundit ?
    I think a combo of Holloway,Warnock and the odd appearence by Savage would be Ok - Might not agree with all they say but it would be laugh.
    To be fair the Sunday lunchtime MOTD with Mark Chapman & Co is a well balanced programme and Kevin Kilbane so far seems unbiased.
    Hope your Palace report reflects a City win and Chelski's "weakened" team (You never know with Mourinho what is fact or fiction!) get a point at Anfield. If so game on again.

    • April 26, 2014  1:29 pm by David Walker Reply

      Thanks for persevering Richard. I found your response in the Spam section - what an outrage - so it was more down to a technical glitch rather than any advancing years ;-) Yes, Hansen is 'retiring' thank goodness. It's a pity he can't do a dozen-for-the-price-of-one and takes Lawro, Owen, Redknapp, Right Dork, Thompson, Carragher, Hoddle, Wilkins, Cascarino, McManaman, Quinn and Mills with him.

      Holloway is a good shout, Warnock is a big gob and Savage would be too bothered about his hair.

  22. April 26, 2014  5:46 pm by DOUG HENSHAW Reply

    Spot on Dave theirs only Nev, Souness, & possible Owen Hargreaves that give us a fair hearing. I dont mind when were crap let them say so but its this constant sly put downs that they keep giving out. Get some Blues on theirs plenty out there but i think it wont happen, They just love to hate us. This Is second post Dave dont know what happened to first one maybe Carragher, Quinn, or Hansen have got in to your site & are getting rid of the ones they dont like. Keep up the good work Dave.

    • April 26, 2014  6:58 pm by David Walker Reply

      Thanks for taking time & effort to comment & apologies if any technical glitches got in the way. I have posted a screenshot of an outrageous editorial from the less than Independent today on Twitter. City just need to do their jobs & be a success - sticks & stones & all that malarkey! ;-)

  23. April 27, 2014  7:41 am by GeorgeInIsrael Reply

    One of the best pundits here in Israel is also an ex-city player - Eyal Berkovic. He tells it like it is and has no problem criticising his former team (Maccabi Haifa) or his former team mates who are now managers. Unfortunately, his English isn't good enough for him to work in the UK.

    • April 27, 2014  3:15 pm by David Walker Reply

      That's a shame - he was a gifted midfielder.

  24. April 27, 2014  12:17 pm by Mole Rocks Reply

    Brilliant article David.

    I've got to the stage where I ignore the anti-City bile, or just use it as motivation that City are doing something right.

    They're only knocking us because we're a threat to their perception of who should be at the top of the English football tree.

    I like Ian Cheesman and Shaun Goater on BBC Manchester, Viera is getting on TV every know and again, Peter Reid is a fair pundit, Noel Gallagher and Dennis Tueart are regularly on TalkSport.

    It's sparse, but who knows, some of the current squad might choose a career in the media?

    • April 27, 2014  7:25 pm by David Walker Reply

      Noel is drier than the Gobi Desert on a particularly arid day at the height of the dry season - and all the ex-players want to kiss his rock n' roll backside - brilliant pundit but too busy making great music to be a regular.

  25. April 28, 2014  1:37 am by seaside blue Reply

    dave what I was trying to point out previously is with most of the English media and associated press. it does not matter who we play the opposition will always be given preference over city WHY well because we dare to take on united who have always been run by the corrupt english media none worse than sky sports..sky this season have taken Liverpool under their wing mainly because of a new enquiry into the Hillsborough disaster remember one of their newspapers was banned in Liverpool so they cover their backs its called good PR.We that's flyde blues have contacted the premier league and FA with these accusations and as yet have not received a response.we also have noticed that a lot of blues have contacted sky with regard to not renewing their subscriptions. this will get you nowhere. We will be posting soon with a question which sky will have to respond to and that is.......ARE WE [CITY] BEING MISOLD SKY SPORTS..........

    • April 28, 2014  10:45 am by David Walker Reply

      Can you keep me appraised if you get a reply from Sky please? Best not hold our breath though. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  26. April 29, 2014  9:52 am by Dave Richards Reply

    Could you beleive the total rant by Graeme Souness after City beat Palace on Sunday, he was embarasing. It was like a little kid who had his sweets pinched. He critised us for not playing like the Harlem Globetrotrters in the second half. How many times did the Liverpool team of the 80's go two up and then totaly close out a game. I thought even Sky may feel a little uneasy with such a bias rant, but instead they repeated it every hour on Sky Sports News. It is getting beyond a joke, and we all know sky will be willing Everton on Saturday.

    • April 29, 2014  1:01 pm by David Walker Reply

      I was surprised because normally Souness is quite rational and fair towards City. Maybe he was feeling a bit raw about Gerrard's banana skin and Liverpool's demise. For Souness to say we are a one-man team (Yaya) was totally irrational. If that's the case what are Liverpool without Suarez?
      Words are irrelevant for City - win 3 games and Sky can spews as much vile bile as they wish - MCFC would be champions and not a wotsit would be given ;-)

  27. May 4, 2014  6:29 pm by Blue inc Reply

    unbelievable this one Dave, just when you thought you'd read it all. Taken from Glenn Moore's piece in the Independent.
    Publicity not charity?
    Manchester City do some valued community work but donating Under-21 match receipts (est: £10,000) to Stephen Sutton’s Teenage Cancer Trust campaign smacks of a publicity stunt. City say they are increasing awareness, but Stephen’s Story is hardly unknown. City’s daily wage bill: £638,356.
    I just hope Jason Manford reads it.
    After that snippet of bitterness he goes on to say this, forgetting who scored Everton's second.
    Courtois rule fit for Barry It is not every week the Premier League is given a lesson by Uefa in “the integrity of competition”, but while the European body insisted Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois be allowed to play for Atletico Madrid against his parent club, Gareth Barry sits out Manchester City’s visit to Everton. He should play.

    • May 5, 2014  4:27 am by David Walker Reply

      Mr Moore should be shown the door - what a nasty little slimeball he is - rapidly becoming the norm at the less than Independent - red scum rag lovers!

  28. August 14, 2014  12:50 pm by manc Reply

    The media and the FFP reaction to the club owners stinks of relentless Institutional racism.

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