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As an avid and passionate life long supporter of Manchester City football club and with strong ties to the media world, I have spent much of my time reading various articles published on City, Kaka, the Arab owners and the Premier League.

I had expected jealousy. I had expected negativity. What I hadn't expected was the magnitude of the jealousy and negativity; the bitterness and borderline hatred towards this community club, a family club, our club.

I can't fathom how such transfers as Manchester United signing a hot prospect at 17 years old, none which of us have ever heard of for £15m can elude the critics, while we sign the experienced Bellamy for £12m and we have inflated the market and ruined football.

Kaka has hit the headlines on a daily basis since the story of his record breaking transfer was leaked by Milan or Redknapp or whoever else is hoping for us to fall flat on our face.

Kaka is a footballing icon; he is to football what Marilyn Monroe is to the red carpet or Shakespeare to writing. Imagine getting Monroe to pose for your magazine or Shakespeare to write a series of novels for your publisher. One-hundred-million pounds, there is no doubt that it is a lot of money- but what price would you pay for one of the worlds best? £100m seems pretty fair to me.

To the media, bringing Kaka to the Premier League wasn't a good thing, it wouldn't make it better to watch or fathers and sons quiver at the sight of a football hero. It would ruin everything, Kaka moving to City was like 'Hello' magazine doing an exclusive Monroe photo shoot. The hypocritical chairman at various football clubs would tell them that the transfer was completely rediculous while slamming price tags as high as £15m on Wilson Palacios. According to the hacks and critics, this transfer would degrade and ruin football forever.

The deal falls through. With all those articles published and comments made about us ruining football, surely not signing him has now saved football? No, of course it hasnt. Manchester City 'failed', they couldn't stand up to the big boys. The Telegraph wrote in their hateful article 'Send in the Clowns': 'Manchester`s little-regarded other team is now a laughing-stock throughout the world'.

It is clear to see that no-one wants us to succeed. We are alone in all of this.

The sky four monopoly seems to be encouraged and supported by the press and it seems that the world agrees. With news that the FA is suddenly holding a meeting to discuss foreign owners, transfer and wage caps, it has transpired that Manchester City will not even be represented.

With the endless slaughter of Manchester City in the press I am sure a trip to Tenerife is a welcome break for the players. Meanwhile we suffering fans have to dodge the proverbial slander in every paper under the sun- including the Sun.

The bad press is here to stay and in recent weeks I have noticed a change in City fans. The egotistical aspirations of being too good for this player and that player have gone. It is time for the bickering to stop. It is time for City to get serious and for us to get behind Mark Hughes and the team. We are the fans with 'Pride in Battle', long suffering fans who will fight to the end. It is now the time to stand up and be counted, there is no more room for negativity at this club- unless you want to join the Telegraph.

So too has the mood changed in the changing rooms: 'Because everything has gone crazy outside the camp it has pulled us all together,' Richard Dunne stated on the club's official website.

Hughes even said during the Kaka saga: 'There's a lot of negativity around what we do... We will use the negativity that has been used by others as a strength.' And we will.

The tide has turned, the media attacks have brought us together not pulled us apart. We are stronger than ever.

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Date:Friday January 23 2009
Time: 5:28PM


100 Million ok for the world's best! Why is it C. Ronaldo or Messi -the best at this moment plus kaka's form is dropping year by year. to get a player in this credit crunch will look ok only to you City fans who have enough money to waste.You just want him to improve your club image in the world football.
23/01/2009 18:17:00
Couldn't agree nore. It seems the worst offenders are those of the so-called top four - worried about their top four position I'm sure, the rags probably the worst of all. Onwards and Upwards and together looking forward to conquer all!!!!! Viva CITY! £100m was a lot to pay for cover for Stevie Ireland anyway!!!
23/01/2009 18:22:00
I was agreeing with the article by the way not Saimon-blues who I can't quite understand, maybe another bitter fan of one of the top four perhaps.
23/01/2009 18:25:00
It's getting embarrassing now and I'm fed up trawling out the same line again, but here we go. City did not make an offer for Kaka. The only news agencies to announce a ludicrous £100 million fee and £500,000 wage were Silvo Berlusconi's and the shrieking hysterical hacks in England pathetically took it hook line and sinker. And the tidal wave of people who've bandwaggoned off the back of those words and feel the need to relentlessly go after City in cyberspace is stunning. No surrender and stay clear of the press box wednesday night!
Johnny Baguette
23/01/2009 18:32:00
The media isnt against your club. All their saying is, why would Kaka leave a club of Milan's stature to come to a club with no stature? I mean, if money was all the motivation player's needed, QPR would've already attracted some of the world's best! Second richest owners behind your Arabs. I mean, make no mistake, a lot fans want to see you lose now with all that money you have. With money or success comes constant hatred. I mean I'm sure you all know well how much we're(United) liked by fans in this country....
23/01/2009 18:53:00
The one thing City is world famous for is it has THE most loyal fans of any football club in the world so no matter what they write using a quote I am very fond of from Nietzsche "that which does not kill us makes us stronger" ....bring it on.
23/01/2009 19:49:00
The media isn't against us? Some of the vitriol this week has been appalling. When the rags and Chelski were breaking transfer records repeatedly there was none of this "ruining football" mantra with football figures queuing up to bandwaggon it. All we've missed is an MP!
Johnny Baguette
23/01/2009 19:59:00
Brilliant article 8thsin, we do need to have that strength to say, why should Kaka not have come to City, I think he was swayed by people saying to him 'Manchester City?' Only today the press report that he welcomes the attention and is flattered by the attentions of Mardid and Chelsea, so why not Manchester City, is it because we are no fashionable enough. Fans complain that Hughes is not doing his job or is doing a better job,VMC ourselves included here had held not one but two polls on the question of Mark Hughes. We the fans had become impatient with the lack of success, booted out of both domestc cup competitions by lower league opposition, had we stayed the course in the league cup we would have possibly been set for the first all Manchester final.This week my heart has gone out to Mark Hughes, he has had to battle the press with the failure to bring to the club of Kaka and to add to that the walk out by Robinho at the worst time possible.Some fans have had a go at Mark Hughes because he is an ex Manchester United player, but when he was playing for them, he gave his best that he had because that was what he was paid for and I respect him for that.I think this week he has learned what it is to be in the Mnchester City. He has suffered like the rest of us with the tirades and ridicule of the press against the club.I believe this will bond him closer to City and make him even more determined to succeed. Eigthsin quite rightly points out the inconsistency of the press, it depends on which club you are. This attack on City has been on going since Dr. T. took control. I just hope that Shiekh Mansour our honourable owner, whose sole interest in this matter is to take the club to the heights where we once were in the late sixties and early seventies, will be atri#onger than ever to reward the loyal fans of this club, who thank him for the bottom of their hearts that he has snatched Manchester City from the depths and realised that this club has the best most loyal supports on the panet.We are city till we die.
Buzz Lightyear
23/01/2009 20:15:00
It's one of the things that annoys me about the press - tall poppy syndrome. Our day will come, believe me and building a seige mentality at the club, I feel is a good thing. CTID
23/01/2009 20:53:00
A famous ex-prime minister once said (sort of)....... "I have, myself, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and if the best arrangements are made, as they are being made, we shall prove ourselves once again able to defend our EASTLANDS home, to ride out the CRITISISM, and to outlive the menace of THE PRESS, if necessary for years, if necessary alone. At any rate, that is what we are going to try to do. That is the resolve of His Majesty's SUPPORTERS-every one of them. That is the will of MANCHESTER CITY FOOTBALL CLUB. The CLUB AND THEIR SUPPORTERS, linked together in their cause and in their need, will defend their TEAMl, aiding each other like good comrades to the utmost of their strength. Even though many old and famous CLUBS have fallen or may fall into the grip of the PRESS and all the odious apparatus of JOURNALISM, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in THE PREMIER LEAGUE, we shall fight on IN EUROPE, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our CLUB, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight IN THE NORTH, we shall fight IN THE SOUTH, we shall fight IN THE EAST, we shall fight IN THE WEST; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this CLUB were subjugated and LOSING, then our FANS beyond the seas, armed and guarded by HOPE, FAITH AND BELIEF, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old."
23/01/2009 23:48:00
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