Time to Dust Off The Cup For Cock-Ups: Is Manchester City At It Again?

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Time to Dust Off The Cup For Cock-Ups: Is Manchester City At It Again?

 

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I, like many thousands of Manchester City fans, are coming out of Middle East induced shock, and realising that our club's heritage is secure.

Since the last day of the last transfer window, we have been walking around in a daze, a fog which is now being blown away by the chill draft allowed when the transfer window creaked open last week.

There was, for some months, a real worry that the vast resources now likely to be invested in MCFC would change the club or damage it in some way.

But fear not fellow Blues, our reputation as eccentric failures remains fully intact, and in that we should all celebrate.

Yes, I know it would be nice to compete in the Champions League or win a trophy sometime soon. 

But then again, would it?

At the moment, we are still viewed as many footie fan's second club. We are welcomed to grounds as part of the anti-establishment. We glory in our loyalty in spite the lack of success.

When the club passed from the good Doctor to HRH, and Robinho was delivered to us, there was a brief moment of both disbelief and a reigniting of the belief we could do it— whatever that meant.

I found myself checking the odds of City being in the top four this season.

Since then, the months have passed slowly, the football has been inconstant, but mostly poor and frustrating, and still Robinho sparkled and showed the world what money could do.

Imagine what lots of money could do.

Even City couldn't fail to do great things now, could they?

Well, it’s looking as though we can.

The torrent of mega-signings and the rumours that the football map was about to be re-written has gone from a downpour to a drip, drip, drip.

Rather than a sea change in football, or torrent of new investment, it has been like Chinese water torture.

The names now proffered by the club are less startling, and worse still, even they aren't rushing to the cause.

Santa Cruz for more than £10 million? Please no!

Bellamy and Parker? Well, maybe not.

The Bridge signing is a good one—possibly overpriced—but he's a useful player.

I sense, however, that the grand plan is less impressive than at first thought.

I also fear that rather than building on the energy of the early weeks of the "new City," that energy has now dissipated, leaving behind something more tired than before.

We may well be about to cock it all up by simply being too sensible.

The club that spent so much on Steve Daley or Lee Bradbury has suddenly gone all sensible, just when money is almost unlimited.

The club is now secure financially and may well prove to be the enigma they have always been.

Let’s just hope we don't get relegated after scoring over 100 goals in a season again.

 

 

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