City Crisis

Are the problems at Manchester City Craig Bellamy’s fault?

Have underwhelming signings destabilised City’s huge plans?

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Manchester City chief executive Garry Cook has huge plans for his club: he envisions a sky blue utopia, where folks all around the world will drive Manchester City cars to work after eating their delicious Manchester City morning cereals.

The plans for global domination, however, have taken a huge hit this week, as Kaka turned down the chance to align himself with the empire, and club linchpin Robinho has reportedly reportedly had enough of being the league’s best paid player.

When the fiesty Brazilian snubbed Chelsea at the eleventh hour on transfer deadline day, it was upon the understanding that Manchester City were to become the new Galacticos, attracting world class players, much like the one who belongs to Jesus. With his refusal to come to England and Robinho’s subsequent hissy fit, however, it seems Garry Cook is going to have to move mountains to stop his club becoming a worldwide laughing stock; a team with all the resources in the world, but no “pulling power” when it comes to bringing in top class talent.

Perhaps City’s lofty ambitions have been tainted by their signings in the current window – would Kaka want to team up with Craig Bellamy, a man whose £7.5m transfer fee to West Ham has nearly doubled after nine goals and 23 appearances in two seasons? And when all the big names in the world have been linked to the club, the only other to officially put pen to paper has been Wayne Bridge, another mid-level player with a grossly exaggerated fee. Are these the signings of a club who want to become Champions League regulars?

So, are City still on course to take over the world, or have the events of the past week completely diminished their credibility in the eyes of the world’s greatest players? Let us know what you think below…

[Illustration provided exclusively by Chris at the excellent Studs Up]


6 responses so far
  • Ireland's Rugs // January 21, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Seems to me City can’t win either way. The press have a field day when we go after so-called’ Galacticos’ (never sure why this Madrd-related term is used in a negative sense really), and are similarly dismissive when we aquire proven Premiership talent. Of course the fees are inflated – what do you really expect at this time of year (not to mention the fact that chairmen are generally not stupid, and fully realise the wealth of City’s owners, and the fact that this is a sellers market)?
    As usual, blatant failure to mention that city are also on the verge of signing de Jong, although don’t let this get in the way of this uninspiring piece of copy and paste journalism.

  • CCCracker // January 21, 2009 at 9:52 am

    The real loser in this is KaKa; he didn’t get a wage raise from either City or Milan. He’s been played for a fool by Silvio, who’s a manipulating politician, who was ready to sell when it suited and not to sell when it suited not. So here’s the mug KaKa waving a shirt pledging allegiance to a club that was ready to sell him. He’s the real turkey now.

  • kaka // January 21, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    how could you say that i hate you

  • sHAWN // January 22, 2009 at 3:00 am

    JAJAJAJA, THE REAL LOSER KAKA, JAJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJ….. THE TEAM THAT WANTS TO BUY FOOTBALL DOESN’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT IT. What a bunch of idiots, do yourself a favor and shut up!

  • An idiot with a keyboard // January 22, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    I KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CAPITOLS AND LOWER CASE AND ALSO THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN H’s AND J’s!!1onOENEONEONE

    JAJAJAJAJAJAJAjaAJAaJAJAJAJAJ

    …Oh, oh no wait.

  • roop // January 23, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    “blatantly forgot to mention that City are about to sign De Jong”

    hmm, and pay 19M for a player worth half that who they could have had for 3M had they waited till the Summer, really good business sense.

    Craig Bellamy for £14M – a)he is 30 b) he has put in 3 good appearances for West Ham and never succeeded at a big club and c) he threw a chair at a manager he fell out with and attacked a player with a golf club, an incident he then thought it funny to take the piss out of at a later date.

    mentioning Galacticos in the same sentence as Man City is offensive to all Spanish teams.

    most teams wouldn’t buy Craig Bellamy or Wayne Bridge and certainly wouldn’t value them at the same level you have.

    buy some star players then you may be taken seriously, no wonder Robinho wants out,

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