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Oh my Omar, what are you doing?

Omar Berrada’s decision to quit the Etihad to become Manchester United’s new CEO, came as a bolt out of the blue for both City and United fans.


Berrada – City Football Group's chief football operations officer – is said to have ‘agonised’ over his switch to Old Trafford after 13 years at the Etihad.


Omar Berrada is going red after 13 years as a City Blue.

It’s a move that has provoked arguments, speculation and intrigue across the football spectrum, not least those who are claiming he’s ‘jumping from a sinking ship’, as judgement draws closer on the 115 Premier League charges facing City.


Paris-born Berrada has built an impressive CV within the CFG, initially as Manchester City's commercial director, before going onto the roles of chief operating officer and, more latterly, that of chief football operations officer.

Berrada leaves with City's, '...thanks and best wishes.'


A City statement read: "Manchester City Football Club can confirm that Omar Berrada has resigned from his role as chief football operations officer at City Football Group. The club understands his decision to look for a new challenge and he leaves with our thanks and best wishes."


It is understood he will be on ‘gardening leave’ until the summer.


Since joining in 2011, Berrada has been a vital and prominent cog in City’s ‘money-making machine’, negotiating lucrative commercial sponsorships and endorsements.


Fair to say he’s been part of the inner sanctum comprising Chairman, Khaldoon Al Mubarak, CEO, Ferran Soriano, Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain and Pep Guardiola, privy to most – if not all – of City’s dealings.


Berrada featured in the famous celebratory image with Pep & Co after the CAS verdict.

On this premise alone, his new appointment makes for interesting analysis.


For all their catalogue of comedic hirings over the past 10 years, the perceived wisdom is that United will have done their due diligence before making such a critical and pivotal appointment.


Would United’s ‘saviour’ Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his INEOS team have chosen Berrada if they thought he was a crook – an individual mired in the alleged financial malpractices of Manchester City?


The grass sure as hell isn't always greener...

If the United hierarchy believe City are going to be found guilty of the spurious Premier League charges, don’t they realise their shiny new CEO could be swiftly categorized as damaged goods, potentially liable to severe and far-reaching football sanctions?


Slowly, but surely, there seems to be a growing body of opinion – at least among those with a modicum of intelligence – that the Premier League ‘prosecution’ will fail.


The only charge of which City might be found guilty, is that of non-cooperation with the Premier League investigation.


City beat UEFA and now look set to beat the Premier League.

Quelle Surprise!


It would be the same outcome as when City smashed UEFA at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, back in 2020. UEFA’s case – more like a flimsy carrier bag – fell apart under scrutiny by CAS.


City didn’t cooperate with UEFA’s witch hunt then and are not doing so with the Premier League’s reworked version now.


The anti-City lobbyists e.g. United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs – the list goes on – claim that any non-cooperation by City should be seen as a sign of guilt.


Pep and Khaldoon have made City the best club in the world, both on and off the field.

It’s a ridiculous assertion.


Why would any business or organisation fall over themselves to help those seeking to prosecute them? It’s common practice in any litigation – civil or criminal – that the accused party seeks to defend themselves by all means possible.


If you know somebody is ‘gunning for you’, why would you hand the aggressor a loaded magazine to help shoot you down?

City legend, ambassador and true blue Mike Summerbee - and then there's Berrada.


It’s obvious to all those associated with City that the Premier League is pursuing a malicious prosecution at the behest of – amongst others – the Red Cartel.


By appointing Berrada, United – one of the principal protagonists desperate to damage and defame City – may have indicated they know the PL prosecution is doomed to fail.


And don't forget to wipe your feet on the way out Omar.

Such linkage might be viewed as something of a stretch by some. It could simply be a case of Berrada being made a financial offer he couldn’t refuse, along with the chance to be the top man – the Chief Executive Officer – albeit at an inferior club.


It’s alleged by some fans who participated in forums between City and the supporters, that Berrada made no secret of the fact United were a prime mover in striving to trash City’s achievements and reputation.

Sheikh Mansour applauds City's Champions League Final success in Istanbul.

However, this cannot be verified due to confidentiality agreements signed by the individuals concerned.


The fact United are entrusting their future to Berrada is testament to the extremely high calibre of City’s executive management team.


These would be the same key individuals accused of fraud, corruption and cover ups – already found guilty by so many ignoramuses in the court of public opinion.


City's Fab Four - Ferran Soriano, Pep, Khaldoon and Txiki.

It really doesn’t add up and only serves to solidify City’s supreme belief and confidence that they have done nothing wrong.


Bring on the so-called ‘Independent Tribunal’!


By David Walker



Twitter @ReadButNeverRed



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24 commentaires

22 janv.

A brilliant piece Mr RBNR .... whenever there's something going on you are 200% the man to go to put things into perspective and calm us all down.... thanks for another great read 💙

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That’s way, way too much by way of a plaudit - it’s just my opinion on what may or may not be going on. Nonetheless, thank you for your generosity and, more importantly, for taking the time to give feedback.


While I enjoy the argument that United know what they are doing when they are choosing Omar Berrada to lead them forward, with the implication that they have realized the charges against City will fail, making Omar "clean", doesn't its logic rest entirely on the assumption that United know what they are doing?

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Even a broken watch is right twice a day, so maybe - just maybe - United can select a man with integrity, if not great taste, to join them.


Great piece once again Dave.

Good luck to the guy if he wants to go to utd I wish him well and thanks for what he did for City.

Some people reading plots into this and making it more than it is. He's just like anyone else you get offered a better job with more money it happens.

But I 100,% agree with what you have said about the charges I really think they will fail. I can't wait for it to happen because I am going to so enjoy ramming a certain person's words back down his throat.

It's me again the man with no singing in 😁

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Nobody in their right mind would blame Berrada for doing what he believes is personal betterment, but I can’t help but make the connection between his appointment and City’s innocence.


Pete Bacon
Pete Bacon
22 janv.

Best of luck Omar. You'll need it. And probably best to take your own sandwiches for lunch.

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And an umbrella ☂️


Andy Bell
Andy Bell
22 janv.

Spot the difference between between Omar Berrada and Ed Woodentop, who was the 'in-house' top dog and money maker for the double Glazer's and beloved of his absentee bosses, as long as he kept the dividends rolling. Being the No1 Yes-Man to the hard nosed INEOS boss, who shows very sign of intending to become the biggest dog at the Swamp, may well be a very different tasse de thé. Barrada seems to have been happy to keep out of the limelight at the Etihad, this style will not protect him if a scape-goat is required or of the main objective behind this signing is to suck him dry of everything he knows about the success of City during the la…

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Great comments Andy - I’m told by City ‘colleagues’ that Omar is a nice guy, accomplished in his work, but maybe lacking the force of personality to be the CEO. Time will tell on a multitude of fronts.

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