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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 !




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Date:Saturday June 3 2006

Time: 10:11AM

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well that wouldnt be good news if that happened, do u think it will come to that?
green giant 12
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03/06/2006 10:33:00

Is it possible that they are considering incorporating it into the Carrington set-up ???
alphieblues
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03/06/2006 10:37:00

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
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03/06/2006 10:45:00

Tell you what! Sell us Micah Richards and the dosh will keep your academy running for another couple of years!
merlin
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03/06/2006 11:15:00

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
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03/06/2006 11:21:00

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
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03/06/2006 11:22:00

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
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07/06/2006 14:47:00

 

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