UK time is: 12:11:49
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

My Response To The Chairman's Interview


Vital Manchester City regular, Wswilly3 sent us the following...

I found the recent interview with the Manchester City chairman, Khaldoon Al Mubrak totally enthralling and have to admit I immediately watched the replay because I experienced such a positive feel-good factor.

The discussion left me with a feeling that the club was in good hands and as a long standing and an ardent City fan, I felt both grateful for this and hugely positive about the future.

What came across in abundance was that we had at the helm a professional and successful business man with a genuine empathy for football in general and for Manchester City in particular. He was clearly ambitious and determined to succeed but this success was to be achieved the right way and this meant in an ethical, planned, disciplined, patient and honest manner.

The strategy was clearly not about cutting corners or of doing things on the cheap or one that was fuelled by a personal ego. On the contrary it was one based on achieving success through significant financial commitment, hard work, professionalism and a realization that things would take a certain amount of time.

It is clear that the chairman is the well chosen 'ambassador' of our owner Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and equally clear that he represents the values required by the Sheikh. It goes without saying that when the latter does visit the City of Manchester stadium he will be given a rapturous welcome by the genuinely grateful Manchester City fans.

This gratitude may be misunderstood by non Manchester City fans, for it is not simply gratitude for spending a lot of money on excellent players that will give us a better chance of competing for trophies.

Yes, this is part of it but it is far more than this as it is a gratitude based on doing things the right way. This embraces such things as keeping fans and the community at the heart of the club; of ensuring the Academy is cherished and that the 'soul' of Manchester City is preserved, whilst recognizing the necessity for positive change. It also involves doing things and communicating things in a straightforward and honest manner and in such a way that everybody at the club 'walks the talk'.

This level of transparency was evident in the Chairman's interview and I have felt the same about Mark Hughes's approach throughout his tenure.

What has been said in advance has happened, even though the press and critics in general have reported different things, have started conflicting rumours or have been openly critical. This approach to open communication is to be applauded, as it is not a quality one normally associates with the world of football management or ownership, where regrettably the opposite has become an accepted and acceptable modus operandi.

Yes, the interview left me with a tremendous feel good factor about the present ownership and management of Manchester City Football Club and the future inevitability of it becoming one of Europe's major football teams. Things will not be easy and there will be set backs along the way but one is left with the absolute believe that it will be a case of 'when' rather than 'if'.

Thank you Sheikh Mansour and thank you Khaldoon Al Mubrak, for your level of investment, your professionalism and your ethical approach which makes it such a good time to be a Manchester City fan.

To watch the Chairman's video, click here.

Bookmark and Share






Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



*Try Vital Mobile FOR FREE for the latest news, scores, fixtures and so much more*

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The journalist

Writer: Wswilly3  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 25 2009

Time: 2:35PM

Your Comments

good article Ws, couldn't agree more
dopeeze
wonderful..we fans having a great time because of you chairman
neverstops
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Manchester City Articles

Players Respond To Newcastle Loss (Thursday October 30 2014)

Harsh Rodney Marsh (Thursday October 30 2014)

Pellegrini - Same Failures Cost Us (Thursday October 30 2014)

Silver Lining (Thursday October 30 2014)

Boss Hopeful On Duo (Thursday October 30 2014)

Yaya Recognised (Thursday October 30 2014)

Stats: Man City v Newcastle (Wednesday October 29 2014)

The Great Dane - City Are Bigger (Wednesday October 29 2014)

Team News: City v Newcastle United (Wednesday October 29 2014)

Archived Manchester City Articles

List All VMC Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Johnny Baguette 211
2. Skoorb 177
3. fifthcolumnblue 123
4. OziMan 99
5. Bluedub 86
6. rojo2010 81
7. kennyclementstache 73
8. CITYBOY1000 68
9. PhillyBlueMoon 63
10. johnkelv 56

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
West Ham 2 - 1 Man City
Man City 4 - 1 Spurs
Aston Villa 0 - 2 Man City
Hull City 2 - 4 Man City
Man City 1 - 1 Chelsea
Arsenal 2 - 2 Man City

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Chelsea 9 7 2 0 +15 23
2. Southampton 9 6 1 2 +15 19
3. Man City 9 5 2 2 +9 17
4. West Ham 9 5 1 3 +5 16
5. Arsenal 9 3 5 1 +4 14
6. Swansea 9 4 2 3 +3 14
7. Liverpool 9 4 2 3 +1 14

Breaking League News

Eto`o set to trigger new deal
Everton : 31/10/2014 12:00:00
AVFC - This Season v Last Season (9 Games)
Aston Villa : 31/10/2014 11:38:00
Villa Injury Update Ahead Of Spurs Clash
Aston Villa : 31/10/2014 11:10:00
Distin set to fight for Everton career
Everton : 31/10/2014 11:00:00
Lambert Wants Villa To Put On A Show?!
Aston Villa : 31/10/2014 10:59:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

The Stretfords Are Getting Cocky. Who Will Win On Sunday?
Suggested By:  Ivor Galactico
The rags 40%
The Champions 60%