I recently wrote an article that made the simple point that Manchester City were causing other managers to show a little fear.
I made no outlandish statements about City winning the title, or even suggesting that the coming season will draw an end to the years without silverware for the Blues.
I made an observation that in buying from the other top EPL teams, Manchester City were doubling the impact of their recent spending.
In effect, City are bolstering their own squad whilst weakening the other teams.
It didn't go down too well with some other BR members.
I still feel that I am right and that other clubs are now seriously worried about:
a) City becoming a force in EPL and European football.
b) What will happen to the top 4's business model fully dependant on Champions League monies.
c) The cost of refreshing aging squads now City are in play.
It has been interesting to read a few comments made by Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, and Rafa Benitez.
In essence, they are suggesting that, amongst other things, City have distorted the value of players (AF has just said that Tevez isn't worth the £25m City played), won't know what to do with a bloated squad, can't buy success and will not threaten next year.
They are conceding that City 'may' be a force in a couple of seasons.
All of this leads me to conclude that these three managers are really, really worried.
The claim that City are distorting the market doesn't really mean anything, after all United have broken transfer records many more times than City. And of course the others are not blameless in that regard.
Arsene Wenger cannot complain, as he has just taken £25m from City.
The suggestion that Mark Hughes will struggle with a bloated, ego-heavy squad is a serious one, but one with all managers have to deal with.
Is it not a little arrogant to suggest that Hughes is out of his depth?
Of course it is likely that the famous mind games are simply starting early this year, designed to throw doubt into the heart of the new City.
According to what I have read City wont be able to 'buy the title' but that is plainly nonsense. It has been tried before but with varying degrees of success.
Blackburn did, Leeds didn't, Chelsea have, and Liverpool haven't.
One thing we can guarantee however is that the more money you throw at a squad, the greater the chance of success becomes. With unlimited money, well, the opportunities to succeed cannot be better.
It's more than the money, of course, it's also the manager, and I feel that City are very likely to have the right man.
I have been a Hughes doubter, but less so now.
From what I have heard recently the other managers also feel that City have all the elements for success.
Whether it happens this season, only time will tell. What is true is that the other teams are now looking for plan B.
Just in case.