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Will City set legal eagles on La Liga chief?

Manchester City have threatened to sue La Liga chief Javier Tebas following incendiary claims that the club “cooked the books” with regards to players sent on loan to Girona during the transfer window. The ill-considered remarks from Tebas – a controversial figure at the best of times – come after City loaned the quintet of Pablo Maffeo, Aleix Garcia, Marlos Moreno, Douglas Luiz and Larry Kayode to the La Liga newcomers. The 55-year old La Liga […]

Why Pep will make monkeys of the media mockers

Media coverage of Manchester City’s £120m spend on flying wing backs is a joke – one as lame as the old chestnut that has a dodgy defender selected at  ‘left back…in the changing room’. The £45m acquisition of Kyle Walker from Spurs is readily ridiculed and used as a negative benchmark for this summer’s crazy transfer market. Pundits and media outlets alike are quick to quote: “Well if Kyle Walker’s […]

City to meet Messi buy-out clause

Manchester City are ready to pay £100m+ to reunite Lionel Messi with Pep Guardiola at the Etihad in the upcoming transfer window. The sensational switch to bring the five-time winner of the FIFA Ballon d’ Or from the Nou Camp to Manchester, is finally set to happen, with City believed to have already agreed to meet the buy-out clause in the superstar striker’s contract. Sources close to City claim the […]

Pep’s Christmas pillow talk

Question: What does the man, widely regarded as the best manager in world football, want this Christmas?  Answer: Luxurious bed linen.  It’s a strange and somewhat underwhelming response from Pep Guardiola, until you realise the age-old caveat of words ‘being lost in translation’. The Manchester City boss isn’t actually bothered about double deluxe duvets or being pampering with perfectly produced pillow cases – he just wants clean sheets… and plenty […]

The Pep Perspective

Are Manchester City fans of the glass ‘half empty’ or ‘half full’ persuasion? On May 13th, 2012 they were encouraged to ‘…drink it in’ at 93:20 showing on the clock, as Sergio Aguero swept City to a tumultuous grand finale and a first top tier title in 44 years. Now, 53 months on, another Premier League crown and two League Cup trophies later, City have a man universally acknowledged as […]

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 […]

Brendan to City - ‘Rodger’ that!

Manuel Pellegrini can look like a dead man walking at times with his cheekbones increasingly sunken, frown lines ever more prominent and pinkish hue encompassing his piercing blue eyes. That, though, is part and parcel of the job, albeit the unflustered Chilean claims not to feel the pressure that accompanies high octane football management. You do not accept invitations from Arab Sheikhs to be the public face of one of […]

Questions but no answers – will City ever learn? Burnley 1 Man City 0

Déjá vu comes in different guises, both good and bad…just ask Manchester City. Having retrieved seemingly lost causes to win two Premier League crowns in three years, they are now hell-bent on giving away their hard earned title – gift wrapped – for a second time in 36 months. Under Roberto Mancini, City capitulated and handed Sir Baconface one last hurrah, surrendering their title by an embarrassing margin of 11 […]

Is Pellegrini's number up? Man City 1 Barcelona 2

The phone call from the Etihad to the La Roselada Stadium would go something like this, albeit in Spanish, not English: “Hi Javi, it’s Manuel here, I need a favour. I know you’ve only been there for five minutes and I was there for nearly three years, but tell me…how the hell do you beat Barcelona, let me in on the secret, I haven’t a clue!” “Ah, Manuel, ola. It’s […]

City tune up The Toon...now bring on Barca!

Manchester City’s past and present personnel combined to brighten Manuel Pellegrini’s immediate future, as his team strives to retain their Premier League title. The Etihad superstars of the here and now duly murdered Newcastle’s visiting Magpies – as they have done for nearly a decade – after the unheralded City youngsters of yesteryear did their former employers a massive modern day favour. A five star showing and a 5-0 roasting […]