Author archives: David Walker

Hey Jude, Rafael, Bernardo, Ilkay...

Having already bagged the Net Spend Trophy 2022 with transfer profits ranging from £91m-£125m (depending on which figures you believe), City are set for some major signings in 2023 to boost and replenish Pep Guardiola’s squad. Don’t be at all surprised if Txiki and Co land the signatures of Jude Bellingham – who’ll be a veritable veteran by next June when he turns 20 – and Portuguese forward, Rafael Leao, […]

Pep’s winning the wars in spite of VAR

Hate is such a definitive term, an all encompassing emotion with no leeway for misinterpretation, no turning back from a position of hostility or a lust for revenge. It burns hot and it runs deep. It’s not a laudable sentiment, but it’s one of which we are all capable. Depending on the level of enmity between two parties, such vehement passions can be diluted. Maybe it’s just a strong dislike, […]

Pep out to prove a point…or three

Hardcore Manchester City supporters are not given to forgetting their club’s darkest days as the ‘Boys In Blue’ descended into the 3rd tier of English football – nor would they wish to erase memories of those traumatic trudges and embarrassing capitulations at the likes of Lincoln, Wycombe and York. File it under the heading of overcoming adversity, call it character-building, define it as part of City’s history – a history […]

Anyone up for City’s Net Spend Trophy parade?

Pep Guardiola is on record as saying it. Khaldoon Al Mubarak states it unequivocally in his end of season reviews every year. Ferran Soriano reiterated it recently and the overwhelming majority of Manchester City fans have never wavered from it – City’s priority above all else is always to be Premier League Champions. The Champions League – as tainted as it is by corrupt practices and dubious officiating – is […]

City hope for a transfer window Silva lining

Every Manchester City supporter is desperately hoping Bernardo Silva will still be at the Etihad when the summer transfer window closes. The spectre of Barcelona continues to loom large, something which is as astonishing as it is abhorrent, considering the state of the so called Catalan ‘giants’ who’ve been exposed as a bunch of morally bankrupt cheats who remain €1.4billion in debt – give or take a few quid. If […]

City’s Director of Football is the new ‘BBC’ leader

Txiki Begiristain is a name you don’t forget in a hurry even if it can take a while to pronounce correctly.  As Manchester City’s Director of Football he plays a critical role in shaping the club’s transfer purchases and sales, along with vital inputs from Pep Guardiola, CEO Ferran Soriano and Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak. Steered by Pep’s judgement calls, the powerful quartet decide on new targets and the price […]

Gone in 69 minutes – back in 331 seconds!

The time stamp of 93:20 is etched indelibly into Manchester City’s history – seared into the psyche of every City fan forever and a day – never to be erased. Those four digits personify the most momentous single event of the Premier League era, but fast forward ten years from ‘Aguerooo’ and there’s another batch of numbers which will resonate long in the memory. A combination of 75:11, 77:44 and […]

'Typical City' sits well on title day deciders

So much is made of the time honoured words ‘Typical City’ – the self deprecating tag that long suffering Manchester City fans have attached to their team over the decades. It’s a reference to their club’s innate ability to seemingly snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Former playing legend and later City Chairman, Francis Lee once said: “If there was a cup for cock ups, City would be perennial […]

Pep attacks with City’s defences depleted

The adage of attack being the best form of defence is one Pep Guardiola has embraced and deployed throughout his career in football management. Whereas Manchester City’s Catalan genius attributes many of his playing influences and philosophies to his mentor at Barcelona – the late great Johan Cruyff – the proverb of the ‘best defense is a good offense’ originates from 18th century American military manoeuvres – hence the transatlantic […]

City don’t want trouble - they’ll settle for just a double

Two headlines – 13 months apart – crystallise the hideous hypocrisy and blatantly biased agenda constantly directed against Manchester City. Rewind to March 3rd 2021 and, ‘Manchester City might win the quadruple – and this is not good for English football’ – it’s not exactly catchy and certainly not balanced. Fast forward to April 29th 2022 and feast your eyes on, ‘Neutrals should be cheering on Liverpool’s quadruple hunt – […]