In my clumsiness again I seem to have missed a memo. Apparently Manchester City now rank among the big clubs, at least according to the words of Mark hughes:
I’m not surprised David feels a bit aggrieved with the situation, you always are when a big club is trying to sign one of your best players.
We already analyzed Mark Hughes’ behaviour in the past but things seem to become worse and worse every day.
You don’t become a big club because of your spending power, but because of your results!.
According to Sparky’s logic, who seems to have another Code of Conduct than every other manager and will continue his chase to sign Joleon Lescott from Everton, there have been many big clubs in recent years, but he forgets where these clubs have ended.
Newcastle United FC
When Mike Ashley decided to invest in the Magpies the future seemed rose and suddenly everyone over at St. James Park thought that the misery years were over and NUFC would soon be competing for Europe again. Until Keegan decided to walk, as only Keegan knows and can walk, and results stayed out. The NUFC saga became more interesting than Little Britain and suddenly the once mighty Newcastle ended up in the Championship. The team still is managerless and rumour has it that free agent (!) Sol Campbell might sign for them.
Not so long ago West Ham suddenly became a force or a big club with a valuation of £110m. But the fun wouldn’t last long.
Once the Mascherano and Tevez saga started to roll the club was only fighting relegation anymore and luckily could escape it, thanks to a golden goal from the crybaby at Old Trafford. Not two years later the club every year has to fill the squad with players on loan because there is no cash available. The Icelandic Bank crash took West Ham from big club to very little club.
Leeds United FC
Not many words need to be said about this black patch on the English Football history.
Fact is that Sparky has taken an incredible nosedive with ManCity last season after the brilliant work of former England manager Sven. The only question that remains is: ‘How long will Hughes be at the helm at The Council House?’. When players like Adebayor and Robinho don’t perform, will he be able to give them the ‘hair dryer’ at half time and be respected for his manners, will he be able to cope with super stars? Will he be able to contain cryboy Tevez and samba player, and late holiday returner, Robinho? If the latter’s attitude might have changed and now he might think that MCFC has the desire to become a winning team, this certainly is not due to Hughes but to the big wallet of the Arabians. Hughes still has everything to prove, so far he only is a small manager of a small team who has never won anything.
And I bet you that at the end of the Season 2009-2010 the Stretford End Ticker will be updated once more and Manchester City will have to admit that they still a small club are. Albeit with a new manager.