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Come On City Fans, For Gods Sake Be Positive

An article by Wswilly3

Before I even finish this article I'm going to put my tin hat on as I can imagine the rightful indignation it could create. But anyway, here goes...

My contention is that if our site, Vital Manchester City is a fair representation of Man City fans then we are a bit of a cynical, under confident and negative lot.

We are now the richest Football Club in the World, I repeat the richest Football Club in the World and yet many of us do not seem able to get a smile on our faces and realise that we are at the start of a revolution, an incredible journey. Many of the comments are self deprecating and lack a real positive attitude - I said many as I do know that some contributors have changed their protective attitudes, built up over a lifetime of loyal support.

Let's look at the facts. This close season we have been promised six new players at a liberal transfer outlay of over 100 million yet how may of us have got our mind round the fact that we will and SHOULD be competing for a top 4 place against teams like Arsenal, who can hardly scrape the fee for one signing together and will have to sell to do more.

Equally the situation is not hugely different at Liverpool or Everton or Fulham - yes Harry at Spurs may have some money but nothing like we have and he is already bemoaning the fact that he cannot compete with us. We are the envy of every other club in terms of our financial clout, so my first thought is that we should all start being happy about this fact for a start.

Wow, I've supported City for 56 years and I've never known us to be able to compete for world class players ever before. For many years in the 50's and 60's the best we could hope for was an unknown Scottish player that came from Third Lanark or Kilmarnock and after a great fanfare was inevitably totally crap. But the times they are a changin` and let's surely recognise this.

After saying this I do realise that it is this history, this familiarity with mediocrity, this awareness that a cock-up is around the corner that becomes a bit ingrained. We have all been there and yes we have still remained loyal and trooped off to places like Oxford and York, and we have kept our sense of humour and we have learnt the hard way not to expect too much.

However my hope is that we all get out of this way of thinking and shake it off pretty quick as we are in a different position and the best way to support our team is with anticipation of success not anticipation of failure. I for one am fed up of living in the shadow of the Rags, who I heartily, heartily detest.

Why, because they have been more successful than us for far too long and it was easy for me to get a bit of an inferiority complex and be as pleased at them losing, as us winning. That's how you think when you don't have confidence in your own team, however loyal you are to them, and City fans are the most loyal of the lot, thank goodness.

Before I get accused of not having my feet on the ground or of being super optimistic, let me say that I am not expecting us to win the Premiership next year, or even come second - although I might be persuaded on my second bottle of wine when the heart rules the head. What I am saying is that for our team to be successful it has to have a positive mentality and believe it is going to win most games. Equally as supporters we should have a similarly positive attitude as well.

The atmosphere that is created by supporters can be a huge factor in both home and away matches. Do the team smell fear or anticipation, do we believe we will score in the last minute (like most Rag supporters) or concede in the last minute. A few months ago Robinho actually referred to City not having this winning mentality and was ignored or condemned - no he was more ignored as it wasn't a palatable thing to say. However I believe he was right

I'm equally not asking us all to be cocky, superior or to restrict objective criticism but what I am saying is that we are in a totally new era.

Forget whether Sven Goran Ericsson was any good or not as irrelevant as arguing whether George Poyser or Les McDowell was, unless you just like arguing for the sake of it. That's looking backwards not forwards. Equally forget whether Mark Hughes is the right manager or not, the time to ask that question is by Christmas when his signings, the most expensive team that City has ever assembled by a long chalk have had the opportunity to show their worth.

Should we expect them to do well? You betcha we should, but in the interim shouldn't we enjoy a little time in the sun as the 'World's Richest Club', who is signing up world class players or players who have starred in the Premiership and therefore should perform for us in a positive manner. Shouldn't we recognise that we are actually in a privileged position as supporters of Manchester City for the first time I can ever remember, with the possible exception of the Mercer/Allison era.

So let's continue to be loyal to our team, to get behind them but let's drop any inferiority complex we might have. Let's drop the defensive cynicism and shall we begin to believe that we are going to be successful and let's enjoy it from the start of the revolution that is happening.


Oh and don't forget to drop your offerings in the box on the way out.

Let the good times roll.

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Writer: Wswilly3  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday June 26 2009

Time: 5:38PM

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WSw, I think you have it spot on, but you always will get the doom and gloom merchant, but these should not be discouraged from voicing their opinion as long as it is what they think. The mental attitude extends to the City players, had they a more positive attitude in the away matches then we would have been more successful last season. Yes we old timers do not expect City to disappoint when it comes to shooting ourselves in the foot, take Brighton and Forest last season, but I am already beaming with the signings so far and the atticipation of more to come. It does get a bit disheartening when some raises the managers ability after every defeat, but as I said everyone has an opinion and that is good, because if we all thought the same we would have things to debate.
Buzz Lightyear
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26/06/2009 17:53:00

Here... Here... I agree!
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26/06/2009 17:54:00

Good article. It is hard however to become an optimist about City straight away when I have never seen them win anything in my lifetime. It'll take time, just like our progress might. I'll be very optimistic if we sign Tevez and Eto'o though. But I would then expect top 4 football, so i guess it's a double edged sword.
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26/06/2009 18:07:00

Wswilly3 is a star in the making. I say sign him up!
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26/06/2009 18:14:00

Hmm...while I agree that we shouldn't deliberately self-depreciate, from a little time spent on the Bluemoon forums I have to say that the attitude there is atrocious, and somewhat tempers my logic. It's not that they are all doom and gloom, it's entirely the opposite. It seems that a lot of people seem to think that now we are new money, we have the God-given right to buy success. A lot - a majority even - of posters there routinely post comments criticising the management for not making huge bids on world class players and show no restraint in making comments such as "who cares if he wants 300,000 a week when we can can pay 100 times that, sign (random player) up NOW!!!11", while people talking about run-ins with glory-hunting Man Utd fans now commonly say that their reply to end the banter was "well you won't be laughing when we buy your entire team every season!". Frankly I find that kind of attitude hard to stomach. I may be young, yes, and lack the memories and experiences of some older fans but I still take the idea that we should revel in our newfound glory as a little hard to swallow. I'm not saying that it's black and white, not at all, but in my experience, allowing yourself to get too optimistic is almost the path to the Dark Side, of believing that it's City's time and failing to become the world's greatest team now would be an injustice. I say this because, reading some of the (usually grossly exaggerated rumours) I have even felt myself start to lash out with arrogance and desire, and I've seen a lot of other posters on Bluemoon agree with this. Indeed, some have quite fairly linked arrogance with the glory-hunter type that we all hate. I'm never going to say that we should take pessimism as our code of conduct as City fans, but I think there needs to be a healthy balance, and I personally believe that every optimistic thought should be tempered by a more realistic, if pessimistic afterthought. After all, even if everyone else forgets it, I will always believe in the principles of "Typical City" as what defines us as a club - it's certainly not too early for us to slip on a banana skin and look like fools for our over-optimistic flag-waving. I hope you'll think on these words, even if you don't agree with me.
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26/06/2009 18:22:00

I would disagree by saying fans are being negative about our future, they just don't want to raise expectations incase of another let down. It is time for them to realize that city have raised the bar and will continue to do so until we are at the pinacle of the football world. It won't happen overnight and those with unrealistic hopes are more deluded than the so called negative fans. We need to be sensible about the clubs development and we need to change the losing mentality that plagues players and fans alike.
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26/06/2009 18:31:00

what a great article, nice one Wsw, have you guys VMC signed him up yet?
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26/06/2009 18:42:00

I am optimistic about the future, but it is as you say, the years of mediocrity that we have endured, even when things might have gotten better - not that they ever did - that has pulled us all back down again. Sue, we can dream - as I said in my own article - but we do not deserve success anymore than anyone else does, but if the club works hard with the signings they have/will get then it will come, and we will see the fruits of our labours.
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26/06/2009 18:46:00

whew that was a read and a half... Willy, well put mate. It's sort of sad to say though, there will always be negative fans who will bash the manager everytime a match doesn't go our way. I've learned that from (forgive me) reading comments on MUEN's rag side, even after consecutive PL titles there are still rag's moaning about taggart not knowing what he's doing. If we acheive perfection, literally perfection, and we win 38 matches in a season, and we win the CL and the FA and the Carling and the FIFA Club World Cup, there will still be people who say that it wasn't a good enough season; that we should have scored more goals, that we shouldn't have let so many in, that we could still improve the quality of our squad, that if we don't do it again the next season then [manager] should be fired and we should bring in [so-and-so]... I feel sorry for people like that, they're eternally doomed to disappointment.
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26/06/2009 18:52:00

Well put willy .....most on VMC are positive and optimistic but as with any other group of people there will always be doomsayers. I have seen a couple of complete 360 turns in one or two ..which is good to see and I hope your article can convince a few more to join us in the "onward and upward brigade"
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26/06/2009 22:53:00

There will always be moaners and foamers at any club in any division. Unfortunately for those of us of a slightly more optimistic bent, our beloved clubhas become something of a first port of call for the more negative minded. The last 30-odd years have seen City lurch from calamity to calamity, so It's no surprise that a minority have succumbed to a persistent state of cynicsm. There are only so many false dawns some people can accept before losing the plot entirely. I do however fail to see how anyone can remain pessimistic in light of recent events. Come on guys & gals, lighten up!
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26/06/2009 23:20:00

Great article. Fifthcolumnblue well said too. I used to put a few posts on the MUEN but that appears to be populated mostly by the negative loser mentality type. Accepting mediocrity and low standards as a badge of honour will never lead to any success. It doesn't make anyone a better fan, nor is it any good for the team. This mentality just leads to players thinking they can lose games putting in little effort against lesser teams, laughing in our faces walking off the pitch whilst being applauded off.
City Girl
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