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More reason why Sheikh Mansour will regret choosing Manchester City not Newcastle

6 years ago
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Mansoor bin Zayed bin Sultan bin Zayed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, or Sheikh Mansour for short, must still surely regret the day he chose Manchester City and not Newcastle United.

Strong rumours at the time of his purchase of Manchester City and since then, have reported that he had also looked at a number of other Premier League clubs including Newcastle United and Everton.

Maybe our luck as Newcastle fans was that he simply came along a year too late, twelve months after Mike Ashley had got a tight grip on us.

So after spending the equivalent of a small nation’s GDP on his new football club and buying Premier League & domestic Cup success, as well as regular Champions League football, you’d expect the support from City fans would be overwhelming.

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However, while a quite mental crowd of 51,886 was there to see a previously winless Newcastle battle it out with Leicester on Saturday, Manchester City’s recent Champions League match at the Etihad attracted a crowd of only 37,509.

Faced with such a lack of support, Sheikh Mansour’s people have slashed ticket prices for their final Champions League home match to only £12.50 for adults. Yes, if you want to go to that match (for some bizarre reason if you are a Newcastle fan…) then the vast majority of seats are available for £25 for two tickets. Plus, anybody who had already committed to a ticket before this decision was made, will also get an extra ticket if they get in touch with the club.

When I look at the apathy of the City fans compared to the fifty thousand mugs still turning up at our place despite all the absolute rubbish thrown at us on and off the pitch, it does make you feel like either banging your head off a brick wall or crying, or maybe both.

On top of all this though, Sheikh Mansour is pressing on with ground expansion that could eventually see the Etihad hold 61,000 – the simple question must be why?

While many people deride (in many cases rightly) the Manchester City owner for buying success and so on, Sheikh Mansour has spent fortunes on infrastructure and youth development, as well as supporting non-football specific projects in depressed areas of Manchester.

Just imagine what that could have done for the City and Club of Newcastle, as well as the wider region, on top of watching great football and success!

Instead we are faced with this slow death under Mike Ashley and to add insult to injury he is still committed to selling off the lease on land opposite the Gallowgate End, which if it is developed would mean no chance of a future expansion of St.James’ Park, no matter what happened in the future – including a Sheikh Mansour coming along.

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