UK time is: 14:29:17
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

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

The Game Needs Strong Leaders



VMC Member and long serving Blue Hans ChristianClintonsen sent us the following thought provoking article:

On reflection, I don't think legitimate Europa League qualification is a bad thing. The opportunity was there for the Champions League and we should have been better placed than Spurs over the course of a season. That it came down to one game with them meant it was in our hands and we did not have the players to take the chance.

Big game salaries, but not enough big game players.

Once again, the fans were right in the view on players this season. Letting Richard Dunne go was stated as wrong at the time and wrong it proved to be.

I think Wayne Bridge adds balance and I would like to see a challenge coming from young Greg Cunningham. Bridge can and should improve once he gets the fog of his current malaise out of his head. Irrespective of the American babe he is currently seeing on and off. He will sort his head out at some point - hopefully soon.

Emmanuel Adebayor was a calculated risk. He has proved good fodder to the papers, but not enough to warrant a City shirt. Strong management needs to bring him to his footballing epiphany which players of his ilk need to reach. Michael Johnson take note.

My sign off is disenchantment with the team and club I love. Wholly because of the money now in the game. There are few players I can relate to who would die for the club, given the opportunity and ability, in the way that I - and no doubt millions more delusional footballers - would have. Nigel De Jong and Vincent Kompany are exceptions, but I fear they would do this for any team.

I enjoy grass roots football more these days and take my enjoyment from seeing the game through the kids eyes. However, that is not enough for me. Considering my season ticket position as always, maybe I will get a chance to return to coaching the year after next, work permitting.

The game needs strong leaders with football at it's heart. However, the money men, who will leave us one day, will always claim a love for the game. They will never understand that true life affirming passion that brands useless souls such as myself a CIty fan. In other walks of life I have total control over where my love lies. One of the most memorable articles for me this season was about the guy who questioned why he was not a theatre goer, as they do not have to put up with abjection or disappointment as part of their entertainment.

It is more than a matter of life and death, however, post 1993 - kicked off by Peter Reid against QPR to a fanfare of a fancy fireworks display no less - the soul has gone.








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



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

The journalist

Writer: Hans Christian Clintonsen Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday May 8 2010

Time: 8:15AM

Your Comments

I can't blame them in these days HCC going where the money is, because the career is short lived and most retire in their early thirties. I absolutely agree, I can't think of any City player who would die for the shirt in the present set up. I think those days are gone, but could return should City start to make progress like they have done, becaue I do feel that players go to a club in the end because they want a medal or two to show the grandchildren, well I hope thats the case.
Buzz Lightyear
 

Have Your Say

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

Recent Manchester City Articles

No City Refunds?! (Friday October 24 2014)

The Ped INTO Europe Report CSKA 2-2 City (Wednesday October 22 2014)

Pellegrini Denies We Are Now Outsiders (Wednesday October 22 2014)

Team News: CSKA Moscow v City (Tuesday October 21 2014)

Pellegrini Praises Our Mozart (Sunday October 19 2014)

The Ped Report....City 4-1 Spurs (Sunday October 19 2014)

Team News: City v Tottenham Hotspur (Friday October 17 2014)

Looking For A Certain Goal Ratio (Thursday October 16 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 201
2. Skoorb 129
3. fifthcolumnblue 97
4. Bluedub 70
5. kennyclementstache 62
6. PhillyBlueMoon 50
7. CITYBOY1000 47
8. rojo2010 45
9. citizhun 40
10. johnkelv 40

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
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
Man City 0 - 1 Stoke

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Chelsea 8 7 1 0 +15 22
2. Man City 8 5 2 1 +10 17
3. Southampton 8 5 1 2 +14 16
4. West Ham 8 4 1 3 +4 13
5. Liverpool 8 4 1 3 +1 13
6. Man Utd 8 3 3 2 +3 12
7. Arsenal 8 2 5 1 +2 11

Breaking League News

Vital Preview: Liverpool vs. Hull City
» Liverpool : 24/10/2014 13:21:00
No City Refunds?!
» Man City : 24/10/2014 13:20:00
The Villa Times - 24/10/2014
» Aston Villa : 24/10/2014 11:55:00
Lawro In Villa Win Shocker - Mystic In Depression
» Aston Villa : 24/10/2014 11:28:00
Sunderland v Arsenal Match Preview
» Arsenal : 24/10/2014 11:15:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Your Favourite Kun Goal Against Spurs?
Suggested By:  Shaun Gloater
Agüero 13′ 40%
Agüero 20′(pen) 0%
Agüero 68′ (pen) 10%
Agüero 75′ 50%