- There's certainly a tide of change at
these days. Whilst obviously it is brilliant as a supporter to see your club signing world class players, is it really, in your opinion the right way to go? Manchester City
Football has been on a slippery financial slope for years and City are just playing catch up. Five years ago we had to sell SWP and bring in Vassell, Andy Cole and Ousmane Dabo as well as keeping Joey Barton as we couldn't afford to bring anyone in to replace him. I would prefer to attract players because of success but in today's football world, you can't have success without finance behind you. It's a sad but true fact. It's annoying because I remember in the late eighties and early nineties, United spent millions on players such as Pallister, Bruce, Ince, the two Wallace brothers, Phelan and quite a few more besides. They practically bought a whole new team and nothing was said. City do it and suddenly it's not right for us to emulate this. The fact is we have now taken two players from Arsenal, one from United, pipped
- The signing of top class players such as Carlos Tevez and Emmanuel Adebayor will obviously bring higher expectations. What, realistically is the aim for City this season? Does it have to be top four to deem this season a success?
I think the top six is our realistic target. That's the view of the manager and chairman and the top four has been cited around the press more then it has the supporters. Qualifying for
- There seems to be a split over Mark Hughes from City supporters. What are your thoughts on him? Is he the right man to manage the big egos now in the dressing room?
Mark Hughes has never managed a club like City but I think he has done well. Last season we went out of the cups early but were the last British team in the UEFA Cup and were pressing again for qualification. That was with sub standard players such as Benjani, Caicedo and Vassell. Sir Alex Ferguson was not very successful at the beginning of his United career and was on the verge of the sack in the 89/90 season. Would he face the sack now? Managing the egos will be a problem. As Dennis Tueart said, these players now don't have to work beyond their football careers. How do you motivate them? Only time will tell whether Hughes has what it takes but I personally think he will bring success to the Blues.
- After already playing a couple of pre-season games already, are we likely to see many of the big names playing at Oakwell this weekend?
Yes although I think Hughes will keep his very strongest team for the Celtic game. I think he will give his new stars a good run out and give
- What are your thoughts on
Barnsley. Have you noticed any progress The Reds have made over the last few seasons?
I would like to see
- Having won eight pre-season games out of eight, confidence is high at Oakwell, what's your score prediction tomorrow?
I remember a game in
- And finally a season finish prediction for both City and
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