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If Only The Sheikh Had Done The A1 To Newcastle Instead Of M62 To Manchester

8 years ago

I was one of the many who thought we had struck gold; an English Billionaire who was the main mover in the Sports leisurewear industry, the contacts he must have.

What could possibly go wrong? As it turns out, there was the odd thing or fifty…

It isn’t so much the five or six new quality players that Manchester City buy each year, though one or two would be nice.

Since Sheikh Mansour led the buyout of City, the team has raised the level on the pitch but they have also done a lot off it.

Even down to getting fans in to sample various pies and pints etc in pre-season, then picking the best from the feedback to serve over the coming season. Fan involvement, what a radical idea.

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Obviously the Sheikh isn’t there personally knocking up pints and warming up the pies, instead there is another radical idea they have embraced; bringing in a professional team to run the club off the pitch.

Surely that’s cheating? Shouldn’t all clubs be run like Newcastle to give us a level playing field. Next time you are queuing on the phone trying to buy a ticket, or the club have cocked up your season ticket….just count the minutes going by as with every passing 60 seconds Mike Ashley is making a penny or two more from your call (the club ticket phone line isn’t a basic minimum call rate system) because he doesn’t employ enough staff to answer the phones.

While Newcastle wait 48 hours after he has ran amok on Sky Sports, before even confirming they’ve re-employed a madman to be main man at the club and have made even more staff cutbacks behind the scenes (despite the ever increasing Premier League riches), Manchester City are driving forward with more fan inclusive initiatives to bind everything together. Creating a real platform for long-term success while Newcastle United’s only idea is to come up with various cheaper deals to try and keep the ground full.

As Ashley/Kinnear give us the runaround with transfer window hide and seek, Manchester City paraded their new signings at a huge choreographed event for the fans.

Last Thursday (August 8) City launched their 2013/14 campaign in front of thousands of fans.

With all first team players in attendance, City’s new manager, Manuel Pellegrini, answered fans’ questions live on stage (at the end of last season Alan Pardew had a planned Q & A on Radio Newcastle cancelled at the last minute – no doubt to ensure no repeat of the previous year’s interview when the manager stated as fact that various players would be bought, only for the rug to be pulled from under him).

The event was hosted by Jake Humphrey, who is the main man delivering BT Sport’s new football coverage.

City’s new signings Negredo, Jovetic, Navas and Fernandinho were paraded in front of the fans and Alvaro Negredo also spoke to the fans, while club captain Vincent Kompany also addressed the crowd.

City supporting Jason Manford did a stand-up spot talking about his life supporting the club, while Miles Kane provided the music side of things.

The awards for last season were also handed out, the result of 26,000 fans voting in the various categories.

I could cry with frustration when I know what the potential is at Newcastle, just imagine how many City fans came away from this event buzzing and then splashed out on some new City merchandise on the back of that feelgood factor.

Maybe Newcastle United could have still put on a low budget equivalent with Joe Kinnear doing a stand-up routine telling us about his astonishing career of World Cup wins etc

While we could have Remy hobbling around the stage waving to the crowd and everybody have to guess how many weeks/months it  will be before our only ‘signing’ is fit.

Both Manchester City and Newcastle United are really pushing the boundaries, unfortunately they are even further apart than the A1 and M62.

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