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Vote: Can Man City break into the Big Four next season?

Will the deep pocketed side upset the natural order of things?

Gareth Barry

With spending power more than equal to the personal fortunes of The Sultan of Brunei, Simon Cowell and Harry Redknapp combined, Manchester City should be a frightening prospect for their Premiership rivals. The first flex of their financial muscles this summer has seen Gareth ‘I demand Champions League football’ Barry join their ranks, and we’re promised plenty more action on the transfer front.

After the Kaka debacle, of course, the world of football collectively pointed and laughed at the nouveau riche outfit like they were a cat playing playing a keyboard. However, Arsene Wenger believes a sea change may be on the horizon, provided the Citizens are able to attract the globally renowned stars that have so far eluded them:

“If Manchester City have a successful period in the buying, financial market, then they could climb to the top four.”

So, is the Professor right to fear for his place in the top four, or are City a long way from threatening the big boys? Let us know your thoughts below…

18 responses so far
  • mike watkin // June 8, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    At 29/1 to win the title next year, Man City may even be a good outside bet.
    i’m sure most who’ll read this have played fantasy football manager, either through the media or as a pc game. u know, u pick ronaldo in yr team only 2 realise that u can’t have him cos you’ve spent 2 much money already. or that u already have ferdinand and scholes and can only have 2 players from any 1 team. mark hughes is playing this game at the moment 4real. ok, so there are different factors involved – i.e. although he’s got a seemingly unlimited amount of cash not all players r available 2 him, especially from man utd (except 1 maybe), but he’s surely living every manager’s dream.
    u only have 2 look at the city team sheet of only 2 years ago and u’ll see there’s not many players left…. so, its not really the same man city is it? at least not the man city that everyone used 2 laugh at. and if some more world class players arrive at eastlands in the next few weeks then who knows what will happen.
    i suppose its a philisophical question – if u owned a hammer and the shaft broke u could replace it*. then if the metal part split and u replaced that would it still be the same hammer? a philosopher would probably say yes. however, both u and i know it would be a different bloody hammer!
    *(i’d probably just buy another hammer but i’m trying 2 make a point here)
    mike watkin

  • fourstar // June 8, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    “At 29/1 to win the title next year, Man City may even be a good outside bet.”

    Fetch me a needle and thread, Baldrick, for I fear my sides have split.

    Do you work for Paddy Power, Mike?

  • tnuc a // June 8, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    *falls on floor laughing @ mike watkin comment* speechless

  • mike watkin // June 8, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    It’s not Baldrick’s cunning plan, it’s Sheikh Mansour’s. And he’s got 500 billion (Abramovic has got 9 billion)…
    The Bleacher Report, 20 minutes ago. Tevez Decides On…..City.
    Speculation is mounting that Carlos Tevez is about to draw a line under the speculation about his future by committing to play for Manchester City next year. Much has been said about the ill treatment he has apparently suffered during his time at Old Trafford and the peripheral role he is no longer willing to accept, so it seems that he has opted for regular first team football rather than the cold shoulder. The fee was agreed between City and the company that owns his “playing rights” over three weeks ago, all that was needed was for Tevez to commit to the move. That now done, it seems likely that City will confirm the deal in the coming hours, not days.

  • fourstar // June 8, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    He can own the moon as far as I am concerned; Manchester City will not win the Premier League next season. I’m not saying they’ll be relegated either, but you are living in cloud cuckoo land. Tevez, Robinho, Barry, Ghandi, Alan Sugar, The Queen – it doesn’t matter. Not going to happen.

  • Paul // June 8, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    The Sky big 4 have been buying success for years (the big dedts prove it). Time to move over and let God’s own team in.

  • fourstar // June 8, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Are you suggesting that God is a oil-rich billionaire Muslim Arab sheikh? This could shake the foundation of belief to its very core, man. Call the Archbishop of Canterbury at once!

    Sorry, where was I? Oh yes, that was it. City for the title in 09/10. No chance.

  • Qu'ils mangent de la brioche // June 8, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Fourstar. You mean foreskin mate. You’d be well advised to keep your manyoo opinions up your back passage . With the impending departure of Tevez to the Worlds Richest Club, you should concentrate your efforts on trying to keep hold of W*nker. Then again, i suppose the bread would come in handy to reduce that spiralling debt. Tick Tock.

  • fourstar // June 8, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    You presume me to be a Manchester United fan, do you? You couldn’t be more wrong.

    Don’t get me wrong, I wish no ill to Manchester City, but you are simply not going to win the league next season. That was what the original commenter, Mike, was suggesting.

  • Qu'ils mangent de la brioche // June 8, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    We City followers don’t expect to win the title next season. Or the season after. We’re just enjoying the ride,looking forward with hope for glory and meanwile the bookies just keep on shortening their odds, whilst other teams followers squeal with envy. You might want to put your money where your big opinion is.

  • fourstar // June 8, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Look, I am delighted that the sleeping sky-blue giant of Manchester has awoken. Good luck to you. It would be great for there to be more than four ‘big’ clubs in the Premier League. But your man Mike there was suggesting that people bet money on City winning the league, next season. I was suggesting, in turn, that this was not realistic. As for squealing with envy, do me a favour. Look at the stick Chelsea got when they effectively ‘bought’ the title. They all said they didn’t care; it was a Premier League title and they’d waited fifty-odd years. But deep down, they really wish they could have done it differently.

    As for money, I am currently laying City on Betfair at 30/1.

  • Frank // June 9, 2009 at 5:39 am


    In your retreat, you’ve not only managed to p**s off Man City fans, but also Chelsea.

    Clap Clap.

    What team do you support?
    One who has to look up to City next year? Or one that Chelsea looks down on?

  • fourstar // June 9, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Retreat? What retreat? Have you actually read my comments? Stop trying to see confrontation where there is none. It’s a point of view, we’re all entitled to have one.


  • Carlton Goal // June 9, 2009 at 9:00 am

    All fourstar said is that Manchester City won’t win the league this season. He’s not saying they never will, he’s not saying they won’t finish in the top four – just that they won’t win the league.

    I don’t see how you City fans are taking such great offence to that, considering you came tenth (40 points off top) this season. City fans have always been a good bunch but the takeover seems to have made you all paranoid and angry, when you should be delighted.

    And there’s nothing wrong with p*ssing off Chelsea fans!

  • fourstar // June 9, 2009 at 9:10 am

    See, Carlton gets it :)

  • mr.mister // June 9, 2009 at 10:26 am

    and carlton they never will win the league..not in this lifetime at least

  • mr.mister // June 9, 2009 at 10:29 am

    there is a bigger chance of richard dunne transferring to man united than man city being in the top 4 let alone winning the league…man city r bollocks

  • Qu'ils mangent de la brioche // June 10, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    mr.mister. You mean mr.tosser mate. See comment no.8. tick tock

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