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The (Man City) Elephant In The Room

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Vital Manchester City regular, City Girl sent us the following article.

The level of disproportionate hatred aimed at City is akin to racism for me. If it was just patronising claptrap aimed at 'little old self mocking City' then, there would have been some humour in putting us down. We are everyone's friend as long as we are a figure of fun and no threat to their favourites but wo-be-tide that we might threaten the status-quo courtesy of Arab oil and ambition.

Chelsea never had anything like the unbalanced venom that has been aimed at City simply because we want to be a success by playing exciting football with a true landmark signing (paid for with our owner`s cash, not a loan to the club from our benefactor or a bank). Yet our money is talked of as being dirty and immoral! Think about it.

How dare we attempt to bring a true world class player to this league, lifting our profile and chances of success beyond recognition and, as a by-product ensure everyone else's high TV revenue stream at the next negotiation. The en-mass hatred (apart from the lone voice of Martin Samuel in The Mail) has been disgusting. Build slowly and possibly never get there and we will respect you.

That bunch of scumbags will never respect us because they hate our owners and their money and by association, they hate us. They have all made that fact obvious since the takeover with their constant negative sniping aimed at destabilising City. The only reason it has not tipped into hatred sooner is that Hughes has managed to do the unfathomable and make a sow's ear out of a silk purse so far.

I have read a few on here over the last week say maybe we should start slow and do what the press want. Don't be sucked in by the negativity and the understandable need to be approved. We are the 'unclean' now so we are going to have a long wait because our success is not wanted by anyone other than our owners and us.

Acceptance will never happen until we are a real dominant force and our club learns the strength of a good Public Relations department/company, an active legal dept and shares in SKY.

There are many out there who get an ego trip constantly putting us down and that says everything about their bias and inadequacies, not ours.

We have spent twenty years building a youth set-up so surely that counts as a slow build up to success. I hope our owners go for another world class star sooner rather than later and put two fingers up to the press and jealous fans. Do not let the events of the past week crush our ambition and make us think that we are small time. That mindset will only lead to the mediocrity we have endured over the last 30 years.

Do you think we should stick with the owners plans of world domination via an improved youth team output mixed with world class internationals and at least one landmark signing to accelerate our drive for success ala Barcelona, or do you feel we should spend our money, with press approval, buying mid range internationals and hope they can be blended to bring us limited success in a similar vein to Everton?

Many thanks go out to City Girl.

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Writer: City Girl Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 23 2009

Time: 9:00PM

Your Comments

I'd rather be hated and win something as compared to being liked and not win anything! CAREFREE
BlueJuggernaut
great article City Girl. I don't think our mistreatment is akin to racism, I think it IS racism. Abramovitch with his ill gotten gains (from oil) and dodgy background is one step up from a gangster; The royal family of a peaceful and prosperous country who made their money legitamately on the other hand... The common denominators are oil, money and football. The difference is our owners happen to be dark skinned and muslim. Doesn't take a huge leap to arrive at the conclusion that the closet racist are kicking off about that.
fifthcolumnblue
City Girl, again an excellent piece,I have lost count of the number of Academy graduates have gone on to make First team appearances and then gone onto other clubs to make a good living from Football thanks to the unstinting efforts of Jim Cassell and his staff who year after year turn out league footballers. I cannot remember any other club being so humiliated in the press with such gusto, so much so that you would belive that if ever Manchester City met anyone from the outside Britain in a final that the press would urge fans to support City's opponent.It is sad but thats the way I feel.
Buzz Lightyear
Another fine piece CityGirl. I think we are all sick of the way the press has had a go at us, totally uncalled for. Why shouldn't we want success as soon as possible? I like many have been disapointed by this season so far but all is not lost. We can still get a top class player - if we really need one - we already have some, Steven Ireland to mention but one, and the season is far from over. We can still get 76 points which last season was fourth place, 65 points was 5th place. We still have the Uefa cup, could we win it against Milan in the final, who knows.
romancity
Nicely written City Girl, I think as you point out we really do need an improvement in our PR dept.
Doody
Very well said. You have articulated everything I have been thinking; especially after reading Michael Henderson's very nasty piece "Send In The Clowns" in the Torygraph. If there are still any City fans that read that facist rag please stop now!
goodboudin
Great reviews City Girl. Anymore from where that came from?
Tudor
people laugh at you because you talked the talk and your walking the relegation line...
los_angeles_villan
I can honestly say I enjoyed reading this article. It has brought a smile to my face and hope for the future. The world seems against City at the mo. We seem to be re-writing the rules. The old Top 4 order is hitting a wall. Once again City could produce magic. Where even the dust from City feet shows the way to success. The image of Mark Hughes making a sow's ear out of a silk purse... Thankyou City Girl.
Sindbad
Fifthcolumnblue: I agree I think it is racism too. I am honoured to get an article on this site as I so enjoy reading, learning and commenting on other points of view and interesting topics especially this week with so much criticism and no game. I too read the Henderson piece and I nearly burst a blood vessel. I quickly wrote the above because I felt enough was enough and I had to let out my feelings. Rereading it now it seems I was very angry. Tudor if I can write an interesting article then I will post it for approval. Now I am off on my discount holiday which I thought was a great deal before realising I am missing a home game!. Yes, romancity it would be just incredible to play Milan in the UEFA Cup final and win! Though after Berlusconis' glowing tribute to City, its history and its ambition (which was barely reported) I am a lot less annoyed with him now. It is probably as close to an apology as he will ever give.
City Girl
great article City Girl......it wont be too long before they are all eating their words....of that I am sure........I think all of this that we are getting now really all started with all those comments that first Arab guy was spouting about CL and buying everyone when we were first bought.......add to that we havent done as well as we should/could have up to now this season......then everything else after that has just snowballed, and things keep getting blown out of proportion......trouble is....mud sticks and takes a while to clean off.....I just hope we can turn the corner now.....and the team can start playing football that will rub the damn presses noses in it....!!!
lincolnblue
well as a Chelsea fan I was so happy when you become the richest Club even our CEO did say it with a big smile.You can guess why.Its a long way to go anyhow best for the future and by the way no Arab deal for us nor Liverpool.I am happy for my club.I don't want another arab owner running my club.
Saimon_blues
I wouldn't be so sure, Saimon. Could be just around the corner. The rags are in trouble as are Liverpool and could join them under the hammer this year. Dubai after all, are still smarting from Abu Dhabi's swift City takeover after their failed months pursuing Liverpool. Meanwhile, City Girl, Spot On.
Johnny Baguette
 

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