Vital Football

Latest Manchester City News

Dark Clouds over City Academy ?

Dark Clouds over City Academy ?

I heard a nasty rumour that the future of City's Platt Lane Football Academy is being looked at as part of a cost cutting exercise.

Now City's finances and level of debt are well documented, but it would be almost criminal and a massive shot in the foot to compemplate closing a top facility that has provided the life-blood of the club over the years, and particularly in recent seasons when, not to put too fine a point on it, our Academy graduates were instrumental in saving City from relegation.

For those of you who have ever been to Platt Lane (just behind City's former and now sadly demolished Maine Road ground and spiritual home ), you'll know that the facilties and coaching are second to none and as well as producing a production line of young talent, it is also a vital community facility.

I know that City have a duty to review the finances and look for opportunities to reduce costs just like any business, but we need to keep that Academy going for the future of the club, and I sincerely hope that some anonymous accountant isn't just looking at it as a single line in a spreadsheet without really understanding what a vital piece in the overall jigsaw it is.

Now there have been rumours surrounding Platt Lane for a few years now and this one may just be another, but if the club are really considering sacrificing all or part of the Academy, I would urge them to think again and look elsewhere - hopefully you guys will too !


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

Writer:
Date:Saturday June 3 2006
Time: 10:11AM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
well that wouldnt be good news if that happened, do u think it will come to that?
green giant 12
03/06/2006 10:33:00
0
Is it possible that they are considering incorporating it into the Carrington set-up ???
alphieblues
03/06/2006 10:37:00
0
Carrington is really geared up for the 1st team and reserves and I don't think they'd be alble to lift and drop everything from Platt Lane from both a capacity and organisational point of view
bluetone
03/06/2006 10:45:00
0
Tell you what! Sell us Micah Richards and the dosh will keep your academy running for another couple of years!
merlin
03/06/2006 11:15:00
0
I doubt they'll close the Academy, it's the only part of City's player development process that actually makes any money. They may be thinking of moving it to Carrington so it's all in one place. Possibly they're thinking of expanding Carrington so they can do this. It makes good financial sense to have everything and everyone in one place but it must be done properly. Given how the Academy is run at the moment, if this ethos is carried into the development of the new Academy at Carrington then we've nothing to worry about IMO
uptoeleven
03/06/2006 11:21:00
0
How about developing your own young players rather than nicking ours - oooh, contraversial ! Micah would only end up on the bench keeping SWP company anyway
bluetone
03/06/2006 11:22:00
0
I suppose that they would be looking to move it to a smaller more compact arena then sell the present area off for big money. Only a guess mind.
FEn_100
07/06/2006 14:47:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Manchester City Articles

Premier League 2016/17 Pre-Season Games

The Premier League may have published their 2016/17 fixture list but what about those of us who want to know about our respective club pre-season games.

VERY Latest On Nolito Deal

Speculation surrounding Celta Vigo's Nolito, aka Manuel Agudo Duran potential move to Manchester City has turned into a media frenzy.

Who Will Be The First Out Of The Door?

Our new Vital Manchester City front page poll question asks, 'out of the first team regulars, who will be sold first?'

Raheem Sterling - #TheHatedOne

12-months ago Manchester City paid Liverpool around £49 million, the highest transfer fee ever paid for an English player. But, was the 21-year-old England midfielder worth the money?

Archived VMC Articles

VMC articles from

Site Journalists

Tudor
Editor email
Profile
Johnny Baguette
no email
Profile
Pedmachine
no email
Profile
Sedgie
no email
Profile
Skoorb
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Out of the first team regulars, who will be sold first?
Suggested By: Tudor
Joe Hart1%
Aleksandar Kolarov3%
Pablo Zabaleta6%
Bacary Sagna0%
Fabian Delph6%
Jesus Navas0%
Raheem Sterling9%
Yaya Toure9%
Wilfried Bony63%
Samir Nasri0%
Eliaquim Mangala3%
Gael Clichy0%
Pep will not sell anyone0%
Someone else0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 38 23 12 3 81 32
2 Arsenal 38 20 11 7 71 29
3 Spurs 38 19 13 6 70 34
4 Man City 38 19 9 10 66 30
5 Man Utd 38 19 9 10 66 14
6 Southampton 38 18 9 11 63 18
7 West Ham 38 16 14 8 62 14
8 Liverpool 38 16 12 10 60 13
9 Stoke 38 14 9 15 51 -14
10 Chelsea 38 12 14 12 50 6
11 Everton 38 11 14 13 47 4
12 Swansea 38 12 11 15 47 -10
13 Watford 38 12 9 17 45 -10
14 WBA 38 10 13 15 43 -14
15 Crystal Palace 38 11 9 18 42 -12
16 AFC Bournemouth 38 11 9 18 42 -22
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 39 -14
R Newcastle 38 9 10 19 37 -21
R Norwich 38 9 7 22 34 -28
R Aston Villa 38 3 8 27 17 -49
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Manchester City Results (view all)

Manchester City Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Skoorb124
2.Colin Is The King106
3.Tudor105
4.Rising104
5.Bluedub83
6.Buzz Lightyear65
7.kennyclementstache53
8.citizhun34
9.johnkelv27
10.Chippy_Tea9