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Pundits praise Pep…whatever next?

Either I’ve slipped into a parallel universe or I need to change my ‘meds’, but are Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City actually being praised by all and sundry at the moment? Am I hallucinating or are City winning acclaim following a week of played three, won three, 15 goals scored, none conceded… and all achieved while serving up lashings of some of the most sumptuous football of recent times? With the […]

‘Ullo Pep! Gotta New Motor?

Here’s the deal.  You’re Pep Guardiola and you’re looking to buy a brand new car. Your existing motor has too many miles on the clock and isn’t up to the job of taking you where you want to go.   You need to trade up, but even though you’re aiming high, you still have to work within a budget – what do you do? It’s always nice to have a speedy […]

Sky isn’t the limit for City’s transfer spending

You have to laugh at the coverage of Manchester City’s transfer dealings this summer – the insidious negativity, the not-so subtle nuances, the never ending inconsistencies and contradictions – blimey, you’d be forgiven for thinking the media didn’t like the men from the Etihad Stadium. Perish the thought! This article isn’t a whinge about the omnipresent anti-City bias, it’s merely some observations on the general reporting of Sky, the BBC and the […]

From Abu Dhabi to Accrington Stanley…

Only via a cursory glance at an A-Z of global destinations could you put Abu Dhabi anywhere near Accrington. Never mind the 4,500 miles geographical distance, the cultural divide or the billions upon billions of dollars difference in material wealth, investment and assets, what could possibly provide a link – however tenuous – between a small town in Lancashire and the capital of the United Arab Emirates? Admittedly, it is […]

Royal visit for City Blue

It’s not every day that royalty drops in for ‘elevenses’ – but that’s exactly what happened when a King came calling on ailing Manchester City fan, Philip Entwistle. Phil (63), who is fighting what will ultimately be a losing battle against lung cancer, welcomed ‘King’ Colin Bell and City’s perennial Joker in the Pack, Les Chapman, into his Nelson home for a nostalgic chat of a lifetime. A season ticket […]

Pep wants to unravel PGMOL puzzler

Pep Guardiola is becoming increasingly perplexed by the ‘puzzling’ decisions of Premier League referees. His frustration at what might be described as ‘inconsistent’ or ‘incompetent’ officiating, was evident following City’s 2-1 win over Burnley last week. Consequently, the Spaniard gave short shrift to inane, imbecilic after-match questioning by ‘journalists’ working a thinly disguised anti-City agenda, with interviewers reveling in what appeared to be a New Year ‘Have a go at […]

City should show Pep the door

As the longest winless streak in Pep Guardiola’s managerial career continues, Manchester City should show him the door. City owner Sheikh Mansour, Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak and CEO Ferran Soriano need to point Pep towards the Etihad exit and emphasise – in no uncertain terms – there isn’t a hope in hell of them letting him go through it now, or ever, if they have their way. The Catalan genius […]

Oh Oh 7 - Sterling is spectre of doom for City's opponents

Sterling is on the rise at Manchester City like never before in a week of ‘firsts’ for the Premier League leaders. Raheem Sterling’s maiden hat-trick in senior football, came just 72 hours after the club posted its first annual profit since the Abu Dhabi takeover seven years ago. The stock of both player and his employers continues on an upward trajectory, following City’s 5-1 demolition of Bournemouth, and Sheikh Mansour’s […]

City’s transfer window is a real pain...so far!

With the summer window open for another 50 days, it would be presumptuous to say Manchester City’s transfer strategy was intrinsically flawed – but it could certainly do with a kick start. City’s season opener away to WBA is a mere four weeks away and there’s still no tangible evidence of the ‘high quality’ signings promised by Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak. The well respected and much admired Khaldoon, is not […]

‘Good’ is judged bad & ugly by idiotic UEFA

When UEFA’s General Secretary, Gianni Infantino claimed: “We always said we want investors in football, but good investors…” it made many wonder what European football’s governing body defined as ‘good’? The bald-headed Infantino, a familiar figure at the laborious and protracted Champions League draws every August, made the bizarre proclamation as UEFA once again oozed hypocrisy, using their Financial Fair Play (FFP) to discriminate against Manchester City. Among the dictionary […]