As Manchester City unveil their latest big money signing in Wilfried Bony, I would pose the question…do we really want success that you can simply buy off the shelf?
Surely in football as in life, the sense of fulfilment and enjoyment is in building up to achieve the success that we achieve. Wealth and success that comes all too easily is never appreciated and the adage that ‘money does not buy happiness’ has been proved on so many occasions in real life.
For many years Manchester City were the poor relations of that city, the prawn sandwich brigade gradually becoming increasingly harder to please at their wealthy and successful neighbours down the road.
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I was a student in Manchester for many years and as is my tendency in life, I chose to support City as the underdogs at that time, mainly because it was much more fun.
City fans shared the passion and despair shown by supporters in Newcastle but supporting them was just so much fun. It was akin to an emotional rollercoaster with optimism and joy punctuated by days of dark despair. The very essence of sport.
I now sense a different atmosphere at City and note the gaps in the stadium as their newly acquired supporters, spoiled by recent success,tend to pick and choose the games that they attend.
They are inured against relegation and the fun and passion that I experienced at Maine Road, are absent in their modern set-up.
Many Newcastle fans pine for a billionaire from the Middle East to acquire the club and pour in the bottomless pit of money that City currently enjoy. Well maybe I am out of step but it is not for me.
Give me the highs and lows that I currently enjoy as a passionate Toon fan, as the escape from the drudgery of working life, that so many of us seek.
Give me the thrill of an unexpected victory over Chelsea rather than the mundane experience of yet another Chelsea or Barcelona home win.
Yes a bit more cup success would not go amiss and maybe less of a willingness to flog off our best players but oil rich billionaires from the Middle East….no disrespect but please take your money elsewhere.