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Gordon Taylor In Credit Crunch Warning To Sheikh

Gordon Taylor In Credit Crunch Warning To Sheikh

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Manchester united and Chelsea have both broken transfer records repeatedly down the years. The PFA reaction? No comment. But AC Milan ask for £100 million off City...

10 years ago next week City drew 1-1 at Walsall in Football League Division One and you get the impression that despite all the blood sweat and tears that it has taken to bring the club back from the abyss, there is a belief out there among senior English footballing figures that how dare liddle ciddy and their diehard, frequently tortured fans be in a position to rock European football's establishment, nevermind this country's.

Not only certain sports hacks, particularly the hysterical rag biased Daily Mirror but Sir Bobby Robson, Alan Shearer, Steve Coppell, Ian Wright, Dave Whelan, Harry Redknapp, Joe Royle, Martin O'Neill with City obsessives Arsene Wenger and Taggart have now been joined by PFA Chairman Gordon Taylor in their condemnation of City's attempts to bring the brilliant Kaka to England. Only Das Daily Mail's Martin Samuel seems to have talked sense this week.

Taylor however, has addressed the situation with a difference, as he believes that the entertainment and escape for many of us that is football should ensure it reminds us all that the governments, bank leaders and company chief executives of this world have sent the financial world into meltdown as a result of their greed and mismanagement. Indeed, he rates this issue alongside combatting racism in it's importance:

'It is a bit bizarre that, in these times of credit crunch, we are talking about a club paying £100m for one player.

'One of the things we have to ask football sending out the right signals given the current financial climate?

'Football needs to set a good example to the rest of the world, as we do with our anti-racism programmes and community projects.

'Football cannot be immune from the credit crunch and whilst City are an exception to the rule, the game has a duty to show financial propriety at this moment in time.'

What next? Should His Highness Sheikh Mansour pack it all in and start building the hospitals and prisons that Britain needs?

I'm no financial expert or great thinker on the worlds problems. I still, as a lifelong City fan can't get my head around all this let alone the past two years events. All I do know is that the fans who travelled to Walsall 10 years ago are starting to get some entertaining reward for their support at last and right now I can't even begin to comprehend the impact all this is having upon the footballing world, let alone the society as a whole. What would other team's with similar histories supporters do? What would the pontificating Wenger do in Mark Hughes shoes?

File under 'You couldn't make it up.' All we are missing now is a bandwaggoning Member of Parliament and the courageous Premier League top brass joining in and we'll have the whole lot of them after the all new Evil City Empire.


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Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Friday January 16 2009
Time: 7:55PM


City will sign - KAKA... HAHA!
16/01/2009 20:18:00
A couple of hypothetical questions: 1) If you win the league three seasons from now by buying ready-made world superstars, would you feel as though you were completing your ambition of suporting Man City? Is that the way you want to win? 2) What would your reaction be if Fulham were suddenly taken over by an owner with twice the resources than your own, and won the league next season by doing the same?
16/01/2009 20:25:00
well arsenal rob id say even though we buy world stars they still have to play well as a TEAM in order to win things, and would have to grind out results as well as winning comfortably so id have to say 1).yes that is the way i want to win things 2).well done Fulham as that would be yet another team who would challenge the so called 'untouchables' of the top four club. and before i get upset with you how long have arsenal been robbing feeder clubs of all their young talent at rock bottom prices(so give over with the holier than thou act).it seems to me that you fans of the top 4 especially your arse boys are seemingly very worried about who is taking your place this year aston villa, everton, or man city maybe all 3 ,where will you be without your champions leauge money i wonder,with that stadium to pay for living on your generated money or suddenly desperate to sell.or maybe your just gutted because if your board had accepted the proposal from our owners before they came to us youd be buying KAKA right now!!
16/01/2009 20:36:00
Ok, Arsenal Rob. Here you go...1) Sheikh Mansour has promised to continue to commit to the superb MCFC Academy and has already built a state of the art gym for the squad. The intention is to continue the City policy of blooding the youngsters that have kept our club afloat and blending top stars around them. 23 have broken through to date and we currently have Micah Richards, SWP, Stevie Ireland, Nedum Onuoha, Ched Evans, Daniel Sturridge, kasper Schmeichel, Shaleum Logan, and Ched Evans as established squqd members. The new owners are building bridges with the Manchester Community and we look to be in good hands. So no, we won't win anything with a ready made side. 2) As I said previously the ready made side won't happen and we have won nothing. There is no of course no divine right to be one of The Big Four even though Chelsea bought the league using only John Terry from their international based youth set up.
Johnny Baguette
16/01/2009 20:47:00
All these Holy Joe's don't realise that Sheikh Mansour has done his bit towards the British Economy by bailing out Barclays Bank which saved our Government a potful of money. His next move will be a regeneration programme for East Manchester it is not all about football he is very community minded as well.
16/01/2009 20:48:00
Our apologies ArsenalRob we mistakenly thought you guys had actually bought players so we are going out to do the same ...we didn't realise that all you guys came up through your academy
16/01/2009 20:49:00
Point of order: City won the FA Youth Cup with a side full of kids who had been at Maine Road and Eastlands since 9 years old. Chelsea had one English boy in their side. the rest bought up for millions from around the world.
Johnny Baguette
16/01/2009 20:51:00
Superb post, alphie.
Johnny Baguette
16/01/2009 20:51:00
italia7482, I am not trying to sound 'holier than thou'. I see your point about 'robbing' youngsters from other clubs, but it still takes a lot to find them and we do provide them with an oportunity to play at the highest level that they would not find probably anywhere else. I agree it isn't saintly in many ways, but I think overall it provides a positive contribution to football, as many go on to achieve great things whether at or away from Arsenal. I am fully aware of the fact that even 'super-stars' would have to work extremely hard to grind out results, but do you not feel that it is a bit of a cheap (not litterally of course...) way of attracting superstars, simply paying them and their former clubs with somebody else's money. As for the hypothetical Fulham issue, although I have plenty of respect for Fulham, they clearly don't merit a place as one of footballs 'superpowers'. The way out should be to work hard and earn your position, rather than just putting yourself up for sale. It is becoming increasingly possible that in order to match clubs such as Man City, other clubs will resort to similar means, which would result in astronomic fees which could be used in far better ways, whether that is by improving the acadamy or for more charritable purposes. £100 Million? That could pay for 5 major clinical trials into Aids/HIV research! Also, if simply spewing out such cash becomes customary, acadamies would be made redundent, as clubs would be focusing merely on buying ready-made world-class players, which leads to the decline in standard of football, which in turn leads to less interest in football, which in turn leads to less investment and then.... We're back to square one.... It may seem over the top but it is definately not impossible.
16/01/2009 20:56:00
alphieblues... Credid to him and I gladly admit I didn't know that, but I still think this is getting out of hand.
16/01/2009 20:58:00
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