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Tide Has Turned From London Towards Manchester

The balance of power within the Premier League hierarchy is slowly but surely changing. Once it used to be the London clubs who bossed the league but now the tide has turned in favour of both Manchester clubs.

The last decade has seen Chelsea dominate the top league in the world but their squad is aging and unless they strengthen their team and unless they up their current form there is a realistic chance of them finishing outside the top four.

Tottenham still look a threat as do Arsenal but we'll all have a better idea if the tide has turned irreversibly when Manchester City and Arsenal face-off on Wednesday night.

As of January 3, 2011 both United and City prop up the Premier League. I wonder if both clubs will still be in the same position come the end of the season.

North American Fox Sports football TV panellists discuss the current balance of power between London and Manchester clubs.

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Writer: Tudor Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 3 2011

Time: 9:27AM

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What's all this "Both Manchester clubs" nonesense? Everyone knows there's only one team in Manchester!
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03/01/2011 09:54:00

I thought I had better be diplomatic!!
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03/01/2011 10:00:00

I blame the yanks at ESPN Tudor - they think manchester u***ed invented soccerball anyway.
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03/01/2011 10:12:00

The pendulum swings to Manchester and then to City. The season won't hinge on Wednesday's match but the world will take note if we win
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03/01/2011 10:25:00

That draw against Villa for Chelsea has really put the cat amongst the pigeons. We're looking at the most exciting PL season in a long time.
Johnny Baguette
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03/01/2011 10:55:00

It is not Chelsea but Manchester United that have dominated the past decade by winning 5 PL titles to Chelsea's 3 titles. Secondly, one cant say the tide has turned in favour of "both manchester clubs" unless Citeh actually win the league.
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03/01/2011 12:28:00

The tide has turned. There you go Delta, one has said it.
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03/01/2011 12:31:00

Whatever floats your boat Bluedub.
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04/01/2011 05:42:00

I don't have a boat Delta.
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04/01/2011 09:40:00

If the tide has changed make sure its in the Blue half of Manchester please, Love to see city win it as it ain't gonna be my team this year.
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04/01/2011 15:44:00

"Once it used to be the London clubs who bossed the league"???? What tripe! I know you lot hate utd but this denial is just laughable! Man Utd have bossed the Prem pretty much since year dot!! 11 prem titles for man utd. 3 Arsenal and 3 Chelsea.....That's hardly London bossing the league mate. Hey you can even throw in Blackburns title. That makes it the North 12 London 6. Also I have to agree with Delta.....come on guys, at least WIN the league once before all this talk of world domination LMAO. And to think you even mention the spuds in this "London domination" The only thing they have dominated in the Premier League is there inability to win it! Yes City and spuds look great this season.....its a breath of fresh air to see a season so wide open, but PLEASE look at the facts before you wright pure FICTION.....Incase you forgot....North West 12....London 6 (not including spuds) FACT! The only"tide" I have seen over the past 18 years of the Prem is a big RED one.
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04/01/2011 23:32:00

The next few years will see the game change significantly if both Manchester clubs can challenge for honours year after year. Apart from 1967-68 the two sides have never been at their peak and able to mount a serious challenge at the same time. For most of the pre-war period (apart from 1907-1912 when Utd were Manchester's more successful side) City were a significant side but Utd struggled. For most of 1948-1967 Utd were the force; for 1968-late 70s it tended to be City.; Since 1983 it's more or less been Utd (there are a few cup wins for both sides that fall within otherwise fallow periods of course). So if both sides mount a serious challenge year after year football and Manchester will see an entirely different situation than one we've experienced before - 1967-68 gave an indication of Manchester football at its peak but what if that level of success comes year after year for both sides? To know more about the factual history of Manc football have a look at my book "Manchester A Football History" - or
Gary James
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05/01/2011 11:00:00

I agree Gary......The next few years will see the game change quite significantly. With the UEFA financial fair play rules coming into effect, it will be the end of clubs whoring themselves to sugar daddy's who want to play Fantasy football manager. It will be interesting to see how many "top" teams cope with having to operate on the basis of there own revenue and not spend more then there income. Arsenal have been doing this for years still managing to compete at the top level, the only other big European club that has managed this is probably Bayern Munich. So yes your right Gary, there is going to be a BIG change. ;)
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