Vital Football

Latest Manchester City News

Vote of Confidence?

Vote of Confidence?

City chairman John Wardle has given what could be interpreted as the dreaded 'vote of confidence' in manager Stuart Pearce.

Although Wardle's ire was directed at the underachievers who donned the City shirt on Saturday, the simple fact that he has put his head above the parapet suggests Pearce's time may be running out.

Speaking to the official club website,, Wardle had this to say:

"I was at the game and could fully understand the reaction of our supporters who were there. I can also appreciate why some of them left early and I shared their anger.

"I want the players to take a long look at themselves this week. They must understand that the performance was unacceptable.

"As Chairman of the football club, I sat with the Board of Directors and man for man we were totally embarrassed by what happened on the pitch.

"This football club is not used to this type of performance and will not accept it. We are determined to put this right."

Mr Wardle added that the club is examining options in the forthcoming transfer window to further strengthen the squad and he was open to any new investment in Manchester City.

"As a major shareholder of this football club, I would be the last person to stand in the way of anyone who wished to come in with investment to move the club forward.

"We will support the manager in the January transfer window. We have already invested a net £8.5m in players this year and we will continue to look for opportunities to improve the squad.

"Our supporters have always been tremendously loyal and I thank them for that. We must now all pull together and get behind the team in the coming weeks and months."

Whilst admitting that it is nice to actually hear something emanating from the boardroom for a change I would be more than intrigued if Mr.Wardle was to elaborate on the 'net' £8.5 million spend. Has all of the Wright-Phillips, Anelka, wages saved money just disappeared off the face of the earth?

Quite obviously all is not right at Manchester City but Mr.Wardle must accept that if you settle for mediocrity in the transfer market it works its way down to the pitch. Aspirations of survival and no further ambition led to Saturday's performance and for that the blame starts at the top.

One further point "This football club is not used to this type of performance and will not accept it. We are determined to put this right.". Obviously the chairman's recall is not the greatest these days. I've been brought up on 30 years of this type of performance from Manchester City and accepted it like everyone else. Perhaps we've accepted for to long?

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

Writer:Andy Leggott
Date:Monday October 23 2006
Time: 3:44PM


Let's hope he puts his money where his mouth is.
23/10/2006 19:27:00
you've got the players, you've had a terrible run, but you're still mid-table, no need to panic!! YET!
26/10/2006 18:19:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Manchester City Articles

(BREAKING) Guardiola Resigns As Man City Manager

Pep Guardiola has sensationally resigned as manager of Manchester City after three months in charge. City haven't won a match in any competition since September...

(Video) Man City: Wages & Financial Fair Play, In Brief

In 2014 Manchester City FC reluctantly accepted a conditional £49m fine and restrictions on their European squad and incoming transfers after breaching UEFA's financial...

How Claudio Bravo Helps City In Beating High-Press

Here's a video showing how Claudio Bravo helps Manchester City in beating high-press with his passing ability, game understanding and good decision making.

(Man City) Help 1894 Group Raise £1000

The 1894 Group are attempting to raise money for Manchester City Football Club home game displays between November 2016 and February 2017.

Archived VMC Articles

VMC articles from

Site Journalists

Tudor (VMC Editor)
Editor email
Johnny Baguette
no email
no email
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

How many goals, if any will City score against WBA?
Suggested By: Tudor
Five or more8%
City won't score15%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 9 6 2 1 20 11
2 Arsenal 9 6 2 1 20 10
3 Liverpool 9 6 2 1 20 9
4 Chelsea 9 6 1 2 19 10
5 Spurs 9 5 4 0 19 9
6 Everton 9 4 3 2 15 5
7 Man Utd 9 4 2 3 14 1
8 Southampton 9 3 4 2 13 3
9 Watford 9 3 3 3 12 0
10 AFC Bournemouth 9 3 3 3 12 0
11 Crystal Palace 9 3 2 4 11 0
12 Leicester City 9 3 2 4 11 -4
13 WBA 9 2 4 3 10 0
14 Burnley 9 3 1 5 10 -5
15 West Ham 9 3 1 5 10 -7
16 Stoke 9 2 3 4 9 -7
17 Middlesbrough 9 1 4 4 7 -4
18 Hull City 9 2 1 6 7 -14
19 Swansea 9 1 2 6 5 -7
20 Sunderland 9 0 2 7 2 -10
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Manchester City Results (view all)

Manchester City Fixtures (view all)

Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : West Bromwich Albion (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 5 2016 3:00PM : Middlesbrough (H)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 19 2016 3:00PM : Crystal Palace (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 26 2016 12:30PM : Burnley (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 3 2016 3:00PM : Chelsea (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Leicester City (a)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

1.Johnny Baguette427
2.Buzz Lightyear355
5.Colin Is The King197
Vital Football Comment