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City Sandstorm Keeps Swirling: Ta-ra Tommy Cook

City Sandstorm Keeps Swirling: Ta-ra Tommy Cook

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...and that's "winging in," in a literal sense with Abu Dhabi flag carrying airline Etihad Airways alledgedly poised to become City's new shirt sponsor once City's long association with Thomas Cook ends next summer.

Vital MC has been nudged on and off over past weeks with stories of City's Chief Executive Garry 'Gazzer' Cook alledgedly chairing discussions with big name kit manufacturers such as Nike, Adidas and Puma for the right to replace Le Coq Sportif in readiness for the 2009-2010 season.

Rumours persist that the Club Badge is about to be modified in line with this change, seeing a return to a more instantly recognisable Manchester/ Lancashire crest. We're pretty sure that the majority of Blues would applaud that initiative.

As for the Etihad Airways story, they kicked off operations in 2003, established as the United Arab Emirates national airline by the royal decree of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE.

He's Sheikh 'Mancity' Mansour's brother.

In its first 4 years, Etihad doubled in size every 6 months, and has done so every year since. International Air Transport Association (IATA) statistics indicate that in 2007 Etihad ranked among the Top 10 airlines in the world in terms of growth.

Etihad are no stranger to English sport. They are Chelski's official airline partner and the main sponsor of Harlequins Rugby League Club.

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Wednesday December 10 2008
Time: 9:22AM


Does that mean they get the sponsership for free...???
10/12/2008 09:56:00
Apparently, they are going to pay us £2.3M., Lincolnblue!
10/12/2008 10:05:00
Lincoln Blue. I guess you are joking but it could be a very good business tactic. They could sponsor us with a over the odds amount £200m+ a year enabiling them to give us the money we need for players without saddling the club with director/owner loans like chelski.
10/12/2008 10:06:00
£2.3million is the current amount Thomas Cook pay us the new fee has not openly been discussed. We dont even know if we are actually in talks but it makes logical sense for our owners airline to sponsor our club.
10/12/2008 10:08:00
Spot on, jigga.
Johnny Baguette
10/12/2008 12:30:00
wasnt really meant as a joke.......was just thinking City is still a business....and still need to make money too......and yes if its a way of putting money in for players thats not a loan, then great idea.....
10/12/2008 12:52:00
We need to raise money for the club and not as loans from the owner, If the Sheikh ever departs or sells us, we actually want to be in the black at the bank and be seen to make money rather than stack up a load of debt like we have done recently upto Dr T coming along. The other thing is then its all change once again for the shirts. I will have to get a bigger wardrobe that the Mrs.
Buzz Lightyear
10/12/2008 20:01:00
The promotional drive for Abu Dhabi now well and truly under way. I think we can expect seismic changes through 2009....
Johnny Baguette
11/12/2008 05:39:00
The start of creating Citys name world wide and therefore hopefully pulling in more revenue from sales. We do need a team to go with it though.
Buzz Lightyear
11/12/2008 06:31:00
Get Danny Mills back in the globalisation frame!!
Johnny Baguette
11/12/2008 07:33:00
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