Here’s a quick look at two sets of ‘Top 10s’. The first
is what I believe our top-10 wishes should be for the team in 2014 and secondly,
a list of top-10 New Year’s resolutions for
to follow. Manchester
2014 City wish list.
1. Buy a new left back (if not in January then the summer!)
2. Buy a new left back (if not in January then the summer!) No, I’ve not repeated this one in error… J
4. Buy an additional, class centre-half (possibly 2) before the start of the 2014/2015 season.
5. Most top teams run with 4 good strikers. We have Aguero, Negredo and the injury / illness-plagued Jovetic. So with that in mind…if there’s no consistent improvement in Dzeko - and Guidetti is not being given a decent crack by the end of the season - then sell Dzeko, loan Guidetti to a Premier League club for 2014/15 and buy a new, class striker to add to the ranks. Want to replace similar [to Dzeko] with better? Then why not go for Robert Lewandowski? Despite huge competition, I’m sure, for the signature of the almost-out-of-contract Polish hitman, there’s little reason why he wouldn’t join us…other than, perhaps, competition for places putting him off.
6. For the manager and the team as a whole to learn how to kill-off those so-called lesser teams. Get rid of the silly, self-destruct trait of shooting ourselves in the foot at grounds such as the Britannia Stadium and the Stadium Of Light to name just two. Discover, what Niall Quinn once described in a television interview during his time as a
player as, “professionalism”. That, dare I say,
“X” factor that top teams have of raising their game not just for the big’uns
but also those considered ‘should wins’; where we all-too-often slip up. Manchester
7. To win the League Cup in 2014!
8. To win the league in 2014!
9. To see the successful opening of the new Academy for the start of the 2014/2015 season.
10. To see the global marketing empire grow further; the fuel that has driven the likes of Liverpool, Manyoo, Arsenal and
for many, many years. Chelsea
supporter new year’s resolutions. Manchester City
1. To remain level headed and not let expectations rise too quickly, too soon. We’ve come a very, VERY long way in a very, VERY short time; let’s not get carried away and become too frustrated when things don’t go to plan.
2. Similarly, be patient and keep in mind the bigger picture. Bear in mind the status of where our new owners have had to take us from and where they’re trying to take us to as a global brand and future footballing force. Sheikh Mansour and Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak are in this for the long haul; true, long-lasting momentum can take some time to gather pace.
3. Ignore the cries of the jealous and their ramblings about oil. Our owners are also huge property & area developers and although, of course, they like to ensure that their endeavours are profitable ones; they also pride themselves on the ‘long term’ and ensure that local communities benefit from their projects. Not many football club owners can claim that. Ignore too the claim that this great football club has no history; that's just a naive & cheap insult to thousands of people.
4. Most importantly don’t follow the traits of Manyoo fans (I won’t say supporters; most of the ones I know haven’t been going to support their team for years or, indeed, ever). Don’t become arrogant and believe that we have a divine right to win all of the time and be successful in EVERYTHING that we do. Don’t, as they do, believe that we’re the centre of the universe and that all others should bow down before us. If you’re an experienced Blue who has seen the (very) bad times and you witness a new, young City fan displaying any of these traits, then make it your duty to pass on these words. Pride and a desire to see your team do well is one thing; arrogance is best left to those ‘down the road’…
5. Support Manchester City Football Club where possible. These are hard times for people financially and all financial excuses for not having a season card or attending most
football match is
fully understandable. But if you are within reach of the Etihad Stadium, bare in mind, at least, that some
early-round domestic cup games can cost as little as £15 or £20. Even some of
the group-stage Champions League games can be reasonably priced – you'd be surprised just how much a 20p jar at
home can mount up to… Manchester
6. Again, if you’re within reach of the Etihad, bare in mind that some of the new expansion areas at the ground are going to be ‘economy seats’ in the region of £299+ per season to start off with. These new areas won’t be complete for another 18 months or so why not start of a 50p jar too? And there’s always the option of sharing a season card with someone; £150+ to see half the home league games each season doesn’t sound too bad!
7. Contrastingly, although I’m all for supporting
in any way that I
can, don’t be ripped off by the now-ridiculous Wembley
food & drink prices at the Etihad. If you are indeed struggling to fund attending
the occasional match then for your own sake take your own food and drink!
You’re there for no more than 3 hours; do yourself a favour and take a pie
and/or sandwiches and drinks etc. I’m sure if the Club were pressed on giving
an answer then they would like you to spend your money on the admission price rather
than being put off from attending altogether because of the refreshment
prices once you’re in there. Manchester
8. Not within reach of the Etihad or, indeed, are overseas? If you’ve not done so already then spread the
word and set up your
own supporter's group and/or networks. Manchester
9. Find enjoyment in following
. Blues fans have always
been about taking a light-hearted view of ourselves and our football club
during the difficult times...often as a
self-defence mechanism I’m sure. But let’s carry on that particularly excellent
trait throughout the more fruitful times - often
with success comes a dour sense of seriousness; let’s not become like fans of some
of the other successful teams of the past. Manchester
10. Sing your hearts out for the lads!
Let's all have a happy 2014!