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An MCFC Academy Point Of Order For Ken Bates



It's painful for Blues this weekend to see City lumped in with Chelsea by Leeds United Chairman Ken Bates over youth policy...

Mr. Bates has this weekend gone to the media praising FIFA over the transfer ban punishment dealt out to his former London club this week.

He has called upon The English Football League to take action against City over the Blues Academy signing kids George Swann and Louis Hutton from the Yorkshire club:

'The problem here is that the big clubs are stripping the small clubs of their youngsters. They are like Japanese fishing trawlers, just sweeping up everything in their nets. But the big clubs treat the little clubs like s***. They try to pay as little as possible.

'Big clubs who strip other clubs' youth policy should face stiff penalties. How can Manchester City pay £24 million for Joleon Lescott and take two of our 14-year-olds - and only offer us £70,000? They've spent £200m on new players and that's all they are offering.'

Anyone reading those quotes would get the impression that Manchester City operate some sort of cloak and dagger youth entrapment policy and that our club's youth operation is essentially akin to that of Chelsea's.

Any City fan will tell you that is far from the case, whatever the vague circumstances outlined by the Lids supremo over the two aforementioned teenage players.

Looking from the outside in and back again, City's youth policy looks to be of a very different model to that of Chelsea's since English youth football was redesigned in 1997 with the introduction of the Academy system.

Chelsea's one regular first team youth graduate is John Terry whereas Stephen Ireland, Micah Richards and Shaun Wright-Phillips are all established first teamers at City whilst Nedum Onuoha, Vladimir Weiss and Michael Johnson are all essential cogs in Mark Hughes current 24 man senior squad.

The City side that beat Chelsea's in last year's FA Youth Cup Final was awash with lads who had been at the club since they were 9 years old. The same could not be said for Chelsea's.

So for the record, Mr. Bates, standby for a list of the 27 Manchester City Academy graduates who have broken through into the senior side since 1998, 14 of whom are with top flight clubs in England and Scotland...furthermore, why not pay a visit to the following excellent website that will give you a deeper understanding of the Manchester City Academy's proud achievements...

Chelsea we ain't.

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MCFC Academy graduates since 1998:

Shaun Wright-Phillips, Manchester City
Terry Dunfield, Shrewsbury Town
Chris Shuker, Tranmere Rovers
Dickson Etuhu, Fulham
Leon Mike, Retired
Chris Killen, Glasgow Celtic
Tyrone Mears, Burnley
Joey Barton, Newcastle United
Stephen Jordan, Burnley
Willo Flood, Glasgow Celtic
Glenn Whelan, Stoke City
Stephen Elliott, Preston North End
Bradley Wright-Phillips, Plymouth Argyle
Nedum Onouha, Manchester City
Jonathan D'Laryea, Mansfield Town
Lee Croft, Derby County
Stephen Ireland, Manchester City
Micah Richards, Manchester City
Ishmael Miller, West Bromwich Albion
Michael Johnson, Manchester City
Daniel Sturridge, Chelsea
Kasper Schmeichel, Notts County
Shaleum Logan, Tranmere Rovers (on loan)
Kelvin Etuhu, Cardiff City (on loan)
Ched Evans, Sheffield United
Sam Williamson, Wrexham
Vladimír Weiss, Manchester City

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday September 5 2009

Time: 3:59PM

Your Comments

wtf? who cares how many players came up from the city or chelsea ranks.he wasn't talking about which youth academy was better or worse but you do need to see where he is coming from.btw i think he knows just a bit more on the subject then you.your little rant here doesn't make sense.
dwight schrute
I care and you're right. He didn't mention which Academy was better or worse. But he directly names Manchester City amid his generalised er, rant over big clubs treating little clubs like "s***." Looking again at that list and considering what went on before 1997, Manchester City have provided some great players for smaller clubs.
Johnny Baguette
don't let the old duffer get to you!
merlin
What about him making a comeback at the Bridge, merl?
Johnny Baguette
Once again (as I stated in the threads), Leeds did not have to sell those players to City (regardless of how you feel about the whole youth situation globally), but they did, and for £70,000. Now he wants more - maybe they should of got more, and they probably will too - and sees this Chelsea thing as an excuse to shout his mouth off. Nothing short of pathetic. Until this system gets sorted out and written in stone, it will be abused, and no law is broken - unless you take Chelsea's approach to things that is.
BlueWolfie
Anybody seen Daniel Splinters Sturridge recently? When's that case due?
Johnny Baguette
We bought them kids... Chelsea have got penalised because they allegedly made the kid break his contract with the club and then signed him. Completely different. One is football and one is wrong.
MCFC_Goatboy
great youth policy leeds have nr.bates,that explains why they are in league one and city are fourth in the...........PREMIER LEAGUE! dickhead...........
mcfcirish
Typical of Bates hoping to make a quick buck after his former club Chelsea have been charged this week - Sell a couple of players in good faith and then start complaining at a time when people may listen. I'm glad that he realises that we're a big club and Leeds are a small one judging by the early part of his statement!
Kevinho
Talk about times changing, kev!
Johnny Baguette
Right, he didn't have to make the deal or take the money. Is he suggesting that his head of academy that came to take charge of Citys academy has breached his contract?
Buzz Lightyear
By the way. Yes that is yet another Spurs fan chipping in earlier.
Johnny Baguette
Leeds fans must be delighted with Ken Bates at the helm. This man is selling off the family silver (ie their promising youngsters) to pay off his cronies. Ken Bates couldn't give a toss about Leeds or their players, he has no ambition for the club other than to make money out of it. Now that their is publicity surrounding the transfer of youths, he feels it is the right time to pipe up and condemn City (and Everton), not for the legality of the deals, but for the ammount of money received by Leeds! Brings to mind the famous quote by Winston Churchill - Winston Churchill once asked a woman at a party if she’d sleep with him for a million dollars. “Maybe,” she said coyly. He then asked her if she’d sleep with him for one dollar. “What kind of a woman do you think I am?” she shouted. “Madam, we’ve already established what kind of a woman you are,” Churchill said. “Now we’re just negotiating the price.”
fifthcolumnblue
Post of the week that, fcb!!
Johnny Baguette
Our youth policy is the players come up through our academy... Chelsea don’t have a crop of players who are home-grown, they buy players from different academies... Simple!
mcfcthriller
Chelsea copping the ban this week has now led to all the other clubs with youngsters who have been sold off to come out the wood work and have a moan about how unfair it all is. My heart bleeds but that is the nature of football and young promising players are going to want to leave for higher profile clubs and if those clubs then decide to sell them off to other teams such as City and Chelsea then they really can't expect too many people to feel sorry for them.
bluesnozza
 

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