Manchester City: A Stock Take

True BlueCorrespondent IApril 18, 2009

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 22:  Mark Hughes, manger if Manchester City looks on during the Barclays Premiership match between Manchester City and Sunderland at the City of Manchester Stadium on March 22, 2009 in Manchester.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

As Manchester City's season draws to a close and the rumour mill starts to power up, I was reflecting on what each member of the City family has shown us, good or bad.

So let's start at the top.

Owner - Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed

The guy is silent but thankfully not deadly. I can't see how anyone can make judgements or speculate about the owner, his character or his intentions.

The owner (via the Chairman) has lived up to his words and even dropped the more outrageous hyperbole from the public gaze.


Chairman - Khaldoon Al Mubarak

A polished and professional image seems to be backed up by a say it and do it attitude I find truly refreshing.

He has only  ever talked about building slowly, incorporating and developing the youth set-up, adding quality across the board and giving the manager time.

I would like to hear more from him and the good Sheikh but what they have said and done is spotless.


Exec' Chairman - Garry Cook

He came with a very American style which rubbed a few up the wrong way, he made some silly predictions about the future and famously got hot under the collar during the Kaka saga.

It comes across as frustration as he now understands the attitudinal barriers that the club will have to ovecome to develop as the 'project' seems to suggest.

Patience is needed and I hope will be around come the glory days.


Manager - Mark Hughes

Considered by many to be a very talented manager, proved that with the Welsh national side as well as Blackburn but I don't like the dour style and the lack of that something special.

I can't put my finger on it but i would venture that City have the wrong manager for the developments that will have to happen in the next three years.

If he had come to us before Sven then it may have been different and in truth he would have been the man to hand the stability challenge to, but not the one to give unlimited funds to.

Some say air on the side of caution and I am sure Hughes is summed up by that, but there also has to be a plan B, C or D - in truth caution should be plan B.


Academy Manager - Jim Cassell

The outstanding Academy in the country is likely to get the financial support to become the best in Europe, perhaps the world.

The owners know that the future lies in the development of young players but it also provides the opportunity to showcase the City brand (and of course Project).

I would suggest that the reason that Sheikh Mansour was convinced enough to buy City was Jim Cassell and what he has built.

There cannot be a better candidate for man of the year at City.



So that's the backroom management side of things rated and in the next piece I will let you know what I think of the playing staff AND the supporters.