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City’s transfer window is a real pain...so far!

With the summer window open for another 50 days, it would be presumptuous to say Manchester City’s transfer strategy was intrinsically flawed – but it could certainly do with a kick start. City’s season opener away to WBA is a mere four weeks away and there’s still no tangible evidence of the ‘high quality’ signings promised by Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak. The well respected and much admired Khaldoon, is not […]

Milner moved for medals…not Bosman millions – allegedly!

‘We want you to stay, we want you to stay, Jimmy Milner, we want you to stay…’ Well, that chant from the Etihad masses went down a storm, didn’t it? The truth was James Milner was never going to extend his five year contract at Manchester City – a deal, albeit a verbal agreement with Brenda’s bunch – had been in place for months, well before his move to Anfield […]

‘Good’ is judged bad & ugly by idiotic UEFA

When UEFA’s General Secretary, Gianni Infantino claimed: “We always said we want investors in football, but good investors…” it made many wonder what European football’s governing body defined as ‘good’? The bald-headed Infantino, a familiar figure at the laborious and protracted Champions League draws every August, made the bizarre proclamation as UEFA once again oozed hypocrisy, using their Financial Fair Play (FFP) to discriminate against Manchester City. Among the dictionary […]

Size shouldn't matter!

In a second article where Read But Never Red goes slightly ‘off piste’ from writing exclusively about Manchester City, we once again delve into the thoughts of a football manager and head of youth development, this time on the topic of aspiring goalkeepers. The often ‘colourful’ and controversial manager is concerned that many professional clubs in England are inadvertently blighting the potential of youngsters, by imposing strict height requirements before […]

Fear ye not – salvation is nigh

As Manchester City look to acquire top quality players in the now open summer transfer window, there’s a distinct focus on the need for homegrown talent to meet both Premier League and Champions League quotas & regulations. In a departure from Read But Never Red’s normal 100% remit to write about MCFC, we have worked in tandem with a respected, but often controversial, football manager and head of youth development, […]

Gone, going & going nowhere – resurgent City are on the way back

It was ‘all go’ at the Etihad Stadium – Super Frankie Lampard was going west, ‘Jimmy’ Milner was going east (down the East Lancs Road to be precise) and, quite astonishingly, Yaya Toure was going nowhere! With the Runners-up slot safely secured for the second time in three seasons, Manchester City were going for a sixth win on the spin, a clean sheet so Joe Hart could grab another Golden […]

City swansong on Golden Pond

Automatic Champions League qualification secured, highest scorers and best goal difference in the division, five consecutive wins, a shoe-in for the Golden Boot Award and the Golden Glove within grasp… Manchester City are clearly a club in meltdown! Yes, City have missed out this season on the trophies that really matter, but does anyone really believe that Sheikh Mansour is going to allow his quest for football’s Holy Grail to […]

Manchester MP set to retain seat

A surge of blue swept to power taking political pollsters by surprise in last week’s General Election. Nobody saw it coming and now, another incumbent MP with a sky blue hue, is set to confound the pundits by hanging onto his seat in his Manchester marginal constituency. After months of speculation, berating from critics and trailing in the popularity stakes, it’s looking increasingly likely that Manuel Pellegrini will continue into […]

Happy Birthday to Ya...Happy Birthday to Ya...Yaya Toure!

EXCLUSIVE… It’s a case of once bitten, twice shy for cake-maker extraordinaire Lisa Smith, as she bids to make Yaya Toure’s 32nd birthday that little bit tastier. Lisa, a lifelong Manchester City fan, wasn’t leaving anything to chance after last year’s ‘CakeGate’ shenanigans – so she baked an exquisite two-and-a-half-foot high creation for the giant Ivorian. The six-tiered cake, expertly covered in sky blue and white fondant icing, comes complete […]

Same time, same place but no sense of déjà vu - Man City v QPR

Two years and 362 days ago Queen’s Park Rangers came to the Etihad Stadium, desperately seeking a result to dig themselves out of the relegation mire. Their hosts just needed to win to ensure their first ever Premier League crown and be acclaimed as Champions of England after a 44-year wait. Three years on, and both Manchester City and QPR would happily embrace the circumstances that prevailed on May 13th, […]

Never in doubt...AGUUEERRRRRRRRROOO

As Queen’s Park Rangers return to the Etihad Stadium almost three years to the day of Manchester City’s finest hour, Read But Never Red has raided the vaults to dust off the original match report from that fateful, lucky 13th day of May back in 2012. Read it ‘drink it in’…and refresh those wonderful memories. City, circa 2015, need to rediscover their thirst for glory, first by clinching this year’s runners-up […]

Terry grabs silver but Sergio is all gold - Spurs 0 Man City 1

The Sergio Show came to the capital in search of gold rather than silver…and duly gave Spurs the order of the boot. City’s Argentine super striker proved, once again, to be Tottenham’s nemesis, showing the Londoner’s defence a clean pair of heels as he sealed City’s 1-0 win – the now dethroned Champion’s eighth victory in their last nine league encounters with the not-so-hot Spurs. In one exquisite move from […]