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Six Nilgate: Reasons To Be Fearful?

Sports hacks throughout the 'Street of Shame' missed one glaring factor in their drooling over Chelski's 6-0 tatering of City last weekend. City were not only totally unable to compete on the field.

At the bank too, in the 'battle' for top quality signings, it's another massacre.

The 15 City players named in the team to play Chelsea cost a quarter of the money paid out by Mr. Abramovich for the 15 players that took us to the cleaners and back in disclosed transfer fees. We can begin to further understand why our young side, still learning, was hammered and really should have been hammered. If Chelski can maintain that level of performance against other sides who don't turn up on the day, then we won't be the only side to cop for a lashing.

For us to ever truly compete at the level of the likes of the rags and Chelski, Frank Shinawatra is going to have to put some serious wedge on the table. Does he have such resources?

As an aside to this snapshot survey, I have to ask whether or not Chelsea have an Academy and if so, what's the point? It's a shame, and symptomatic of Murdoch controlled English Football, that the hacks did not praise SGE for having the bottle to name 4 trainees in his young side and giving it a go against a team built on another planet. Do we want City to go the same way as Chelsea and give up on our brilliant Academy in the quest for our Holy Grail of a trophy?!

In conclusion, outside of the similarly financed and resourced rags, Chelsea's players should be thrashing teams week in, week out and justifying their astronomical salaries. Frank Lampardly, anything less, and Chelsea's fans are being short changed at those steep turnstiles.

Those financial facts in full:

Chelsea:
Cech 7,000,000
Belletti Undisclosed
Carvalho 19,850,000
Alex Loan,
Paulo Ferreira 13,200,000
Joe Cole 6,600,000
(Shevchenko 30,000,000)
Essien 24,400,000
Lampard 11,000,000
Obi Undisclosed
Kalou 8,000,000
Drogba 24,000,000
(Pizarro Free)

Subs not used: Cudicini Undisclosed, Makelele 16,600,000, Ben-Haim Free.

Total paid in disclosed signings v MCFC: 160,650,000

Manchester City:
Hart 600,000
Corluka Undisclosed
Dunne 3,000,000
Richards Trainee
Garrido 1,500,000
Ireland Trainee
(Vassell 2,000,000)
Hamann 400,000
(Ball Undisclosed)
Johnson Trainee
Petrov 4,700,000
Elano 8,000,000
(Bianchi 8,800,000)
Samaras 6,000,000

Subs not used: Isaksson 2,000,000, Onuoha Trainee.

Total paid in disclosed signings v Chelsea:
37,000,000


Source: The excellent www.soccerbase.com




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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 1 2007

Time: 7:45PM

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courtesy The Guardian: The sports minister, Gerry Sutcliffe, has labelled John Terry's salary "obscene" and accused Manchester United of setting ticket prices prohibitively high, claiming such moves took the game away from "ordinary working people." "Good luck to John Terry but I think it is obscene to be on 150,000 a week," said Sutcliffe. "People in the street cannot understand salaries like that. Chelsea are 250m in the red and they may be able to cope with that but it's not the real world. 250m in the red is not sustainable."
Johnny Baguette
Reasons to be fearful you forgot to mention Sunderland up next!
Lucas
Aha! A Mackem by chance? Always a good craic with The Mackems. Give me them over The Barcodes any time. Except for monday night of course!
Johnny Baguette
what a sad excuse????6-0...hell even boro were better...mates this article stinks...everybody spends money,,look at real madrid..those locos have spent nearly 300 million quids in 5 years but only one title..even your best friends man utd have spent just a few million quids less than us and you still beat them..so put a sock in it.
essientric
yep losing to that lot ughhhhhhhhhhhhh i don't like chelski at all
ozanne park rangers
It looked just like one of those days that happen occasionally. I am sure it won't dampen your spirits after the start you have had.
dazza71
Cannot agree JB: Much though I despise the Chelsea model, we cannot invoke this in defeat. We played with neither stomach or head. Its also inviting derision from those arseoles.
Craig Cain
I wasn't looking into making an excuse for City's abysmal non performance. As I said, we didn't turn up and Chelsea should be able to put teams with far less quality and resources to the sword if they fail to compete on the day. There is a possibility we could be coming into similar financial fortune. My question over our Academy's future remains. Would we sacrifice it for success? Essientric, do Chelsea have an Academy?
Johnny Baguette
Chelsea is a castle built in sand, a fantasy bankrolled by a gangster. The MCFC academy is imperative for the sustainability of our football club both in terms of our finances and future playing staff. A core of local / academy players is also key to maintaining an identity and a culture.
Craig Cain
Fully agree. Listening to the kids chatting in Block 222 last night we could see how they bantered about the local lads who play for City. They know that if they were ever fortunate enough to become a trainee at City, if good enough, they could have a route to the top.
Johnny Baguette
Exactly JB. We should never abandon our youth unlike the globecorps who now source not only professionals internationally, but kids. The pool of British and Irish talent is larger as a result,so lets be a club that exploits that. Good insurance against the bubble burst also.
Craig Cain
very sad that it had to be them...but then again at some point they were due a result like that considering their recent state of play on and off the pitch...however....it will have maybe done your guys some good..so far they have exceeded probably even their own expectations this season and this will have given them a kick up the backside to pull their fingers out and maintain the momentum...it also shows the massive gulf that exists between the perceived top three and everyone else...
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