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  1. Joe's Avatar Joe
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    The Manchester City Thread.

    MANCHESTER CITY F.C Thread- Discussion and Debate.

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    Stadium: Etihad Stadium- 48000 Capacity

    Nicknames- Blues, Citizens (lal).

    Owner- Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed el Nahyan

    Legends- Colin Bell, Mike Summerbee, Francis Lee, Mike Doyle, Bert Trautmann

    Modern Day Heroes- Shaun Goater, Paul Dickov, Ali Benarbia, David Silva

    Last Trophy- FA Cup 2011 (1-0 vs Stoke).

    Chairman- Khaldoon Al Mubarak

    Manager- Roberto Mancini
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    Mancini: Led Blues to first trophy since 1976.

    Playing Squad-

    Goalkeepers:
    Joe Hart, Costel Pantimilon, Stuart Taylor, Gunnar Nielsen

    Defenders:
    Micah Richards, Wayne Bridge, Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta, Joleon Lescott, Aleksandar Kolarov, Stefan Savic, Gael Clichy, Kolo Toure, Gregory Cunningham, Nedum Onouha.

    Midfielders:
    James Milner, Adam Johnson, Gareth Barry, Owen Hargreaves, Samir Nasri, David Silva, Nigel De Jong, Yaya Toure, Abdul Razak

    Attackers:
    Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Alex Nimely, Mario Balotelli.

    Out on loan:
    Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham)
    Roque Santa Cruz (Real Betis)
    David Gonzalez (Aberdeen)
    Dedryk Boyata (Bolton)
    Ryan McGivern (Bristol City)
    Vladimir Weiss (Espanyol)
    Michael Johnson (Leicester)
    John Guidetti (Feyenoord)
    Abdi Ibrahim (N.E.C Nijmegen)
    Kieran Trippier (Burnley)
    Ben Mee (Burnley)

    Starting Eleven:

    Italian Manager Roberto Mancini switches between 3 formations usually, a 4-2-3-1, 4-4-2 and occasionally a 4-3-3.

    4-4-2: Starting Line Up

    GK: Joe Hart
    DL: Gael Clichy
    DC: Joleon Lescott
    DC: Vincent Kompany
    DR: Micah Richards
    CM: Yaya Toure
    CM: James Milner
    RM: David Silva
    LM: Samir Nasri
    CF: Sergio Aguero
    ST: Edin Dzeko

    This formation has a very fluid and unselfish front 4 which means we create a lot of chances in the opposition's box, rather than creating chances around the box. The Full backs are both capable of overlapping and we always have options for support if we find ourselves in trouble

    4-2-3-1: Starting Line Up

    GK: Joe Hart
    DL: Aleksandar Kolarov
    DC: Joleon Lescott
    DC: Vincent Kompany:
    DR: Pablo Zabaleta/Micah Richards
    DM: Nigel De Jong
    DM: Gareth Barry
    AM: Yaya Toure
    RW: David Silva
    LW: Mario Balotelli
    ST: Carlos Tevez/ Edin Dzeko

    This formation is the most defensive one we play, im not a fan but it is a very effective tactic if you want to see a game out, the problem with it is neither Barry nor De Jong likes to drive forward, it would probably be a more effective tactic if this happened. This tactic was used throughout the 2010/2011 season

    4-3-3: Starting Line Up
    GK: Joe Hart
    DL: Aleksandar Kolarov
    DC: Joleon Lescott
    DC: Vincent Kompany
    DR: Pablo Zabaleta
    DM: Nigel De Jong
    CM: Gareth Barry
    CM: Yaya Toure
    RW: David Silva
    LW: James Milner
    ST: Carlos Tevez

    This formation is an occasional one Mancini has used, he used it against chelsea last year at home and in a few of the FA Cup games (Notts County, Leicester). It relies on direct running from the center mids, the problem with it is we dont tend to play with enough drive so when tevez drops deep, there is a lot of space but the more restrained Barry doesnt attack it, he has however got forward more this season. the right back is restrictive in this system so Kolarov can get forward as much as possible.

    The 2011/2012 Season:

    Competitions:
    Barclays Premier League- In Progress
    UEFA Champions League- In Progress
    Community Shield- 3-2 loss to Manchester United
    FA Cup- Not yet commenced
    Carling Cup- To play 3rd round at home to Birmingham City

    Aims in Competitions:
    Barclays Premier League- Top 3
    UEFA Champions League- Last 16/ Quarter Finals
    FA Cup- Win (Either this or the Carling Cup)
    Carling Cup- Win (Either this or the FA Cup).

    Key Players:

    Vincent Kompany
    Nigel De Jong
    David Silva
    Edin Dzeko

    Captain: Vincent Kompany
    Vice-Captain: Nigel De Jong

    Summer 2011/2012- Ins and Outs

    TRANSFERS IN

    Gael Clichy: 6 Million Pounds
    Costel Pantimilon: Season Long Loan
    Sergio Aguero: 38 Million Pounds
    Stefan Savic: Undisclosed Fee
    Samir Nasri: 24 Million Pounds
    Owen Hargreaves: Free Transfer

    TRANSFERS OUT:
    Felipe Caicedo: 1 Million Pounds (Levante)
    Jo: Undisclosed Fee (Internacional)
    Patrick Vieira (Retired)
    Jerome Boateng: 12 Million Pounds (Bayern Munich)
    Shay Given: 3.5 Million Pounds (Aston Villa)
    Craig Bellamy: Undisclosed Fee (Liverpool)
    Shaun Wright Phillips: Undisclosed Fee (Q.P.R)

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    SWP: City Legend moves back to London

    Please Feel Free to use this thread to discuss anything you want about Manchester City

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  2. Amazing OP But...

    lol at this having no replies (untill now)

    think you will come very close to winning the league and i cant decide between Utd/City

  3. Giant wall of text!

    I think thread OPs should be simple and short.

  4. iNickStuff's Avatar iNickStuffPremium Member
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    • Man Utd (2011-2031):

      x14 Barclays Premier League titles
      x13 FA Community Shields
      x12 FA Cups
      x11 UEFA Champions League titles
      x10 League Cups

      England (2018-2022):

      x1 UEFA European Championship
      x1 FIFA World Cup
      x1 FIFA Confederations Cup
    Considering his options
    It looks like a guide more than it does a discussion thread, but I am surprised that there wasn't a thread for Manchester City until now.

  5. Joe's Avatar Joe
    Modern Day Legend
    Blame Billy Boy for that, i copied his outline.!

  6. Personally I don't really give a crap about the OP. I use discussion threads to discuss clubs, not to jizz over the OP.

    ANYWAY... should be interesting to see if Man City could take he title this year. With Kolo back they look even stronger defensively and their midfield and strikeforce are scary good. A top 5 team in the world currently with Real, Barca, Man Utd and Bayern in my opinion.

  7. how many city fans are there on here?

  8. Mike.'s Avatar Mike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark 19 times View Post
    how many city fans are there on here?
    that are regular? 4 as far as i know: Joe, Madridsta, Witsel and Thorton

  9. DMF's Avatar DMFPremium Member
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    What happened to Blakefish? Did he get a perma ban?

  10. Joe's Avatar Joe
    Modern Day Legend
    sigh, first discussion: Roberto Mancini.

    How long will he last, is his football now improving, what are your opinions on him.

  11. Not always been to keen on Mancini, however this season his football has been very enjoyable to watch.

    Also glad to see hes getting the best out of Dzeko.

  12. Dzeko is one of the best strickers on earth. Hes not playing anywhere neer his potentiall yet.

  13. Quote Originally Posted by Cai123 View Post
    Dzeko is one of the best strickers on earth. Hes not playing anywhere neer his potentiall yet.
    I'd go with Aguero.

    Aguero>Dzeko

  14. Mike.'s Avatar Mike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cai123 View Post
    Dzeko is one of the best strickers on earth. Hes not playing anywhere neer his potentiall yet.
    He's currently playing exactly like he did for Wolfsburg, whether he can keep it up is another matter. Currently playing near his best
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  15. Always been a fan of Dzeko. People have different opinions and i think Dzeko>Aguero. Dzeko not only scores but his movement etc. helps the 2nd striker(aguero) alot too.

  16. I'm not happy to say it, but I think City is going to win this season. They just seem keen to win the title this year. I hope my favourite team, Chelsea will win this year though. The CL title is fine though. As long as United don't win I am happy.

    I think Dzeko - Agüero is a great pair though.

  17. Quote Originally Posted by Fish Hunter View Post
    I'm not happy to say it, but I think City is going to win this season. They just seem keen to win the title this year. I hope my favourite team, Chelsea will win this year though. The CL title is fine though. As long as United don't win I am happy.

    I think Dzeko - Agüero is a great pair though.
    City will come second, but push it right to the wire. Remains to be seen if Fergie buys some more quality in January. But I'm expecting a very close battle for the title. Which pleases me

  18. Quote Originally Posted by Joe View Post
    sigh, first discussion: Roberto Mancini.

    How long will he last, is his football now improving, what are your opinions on him.
    Underrated IMO. I like the squad he has built now. And the squad is pretty much complete and at the point where he needs to sell 1 to bring one in. He knows what he does and he has a good tactical knowledge. The way he has set-up this new attacking approach is very impressive. The roaming of the players behind Dzeko and the whole team defends together.

    Always felt he was so negative at times last season because he didn't have the players. to play the way he now does. People were wondering why he bought Dzeko when he had Adebayor etc....but he has shown why.

    Yeah, and i think he will stay for a long time. But he must keep progressing. From what i have understood, Mancini wants to build his own legacy the way Wenger have for example. Which means being the manager for 10+ years....
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  19. Barca deny City bid for Messi, Barca chief pours cold water on talk of failed City swoop for striker

    Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu has rejected rumours that Manchester City made an audacious bid for superstar Lionel Messi during the latest transfer window.

    Reports in Spain suggested big-spending City had tabled €50million plus striker Mario Balotelli to bring Argentina ace Messi to the Etihad Stadium but Barca had rejected the bid.

    However, Bartomeu insists no such offer was made.

    He told Sport: "Our policy is not to sell our stars but on this subject it certainly did not (happen)."

    Meanwhile, Bartomeu made no guarantees over the future of Barca coach Pep Guardiola but hopes the Spaniard will stay on at Camp Nou.

    The Barca chief added: "The decision lies with Pep but we hope to go on with him on the bench."

    Barca deny City bid for Messi | Football News | Sky Sports
    Lol.

  20. Quote Originally Posted by Cai123 View Post
    Dzeko is one of the best strickers on earth. Hes not playing anywhere neer his potentiall yet.
    LMAO calm down mate he's only played 3 games of the season and has started well but comments like that are a bit premature :|
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  21. No,i mean how he used to play. Hes not been playing very well for man city.

  22. Barca deny City bid for Messi, Barca chief pours cold water on talk of failed City swoop for striker

    Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu has rejected rumours that Manchester City made an audacious bid for superstar Lionel Messi during the latest transfer window.

    Reports in Spain suggested big-spending City had tabled €50million plus striker Mario Balotelli to bring Argentina ace Messi to the Etihad Stadium but Barca had rejected the bid.

    However, Bartomeu insists no such offer was made.

    He told Sport: "Our policy is not to sell our stars but on this subject it certainly did not (happen)."

    Meanwhile, Bartomeu made no guarantees over the future of Barca coach Pep Guardiola but hopes the Spaniard will stay on at Camp Nou.

    The Barca chief added: "The decision lies with Pep but we hope to go on with him on the bench."

    Barca deny City bid for Messi | Football News | Sky Sports
    Big news, this. Makes the signing of Fabregas even more pointless if Barca want Guardiola coming on as well.
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  23. Mike.'s Avatar Mike.
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    Manchester City board hold crisis talks over Garry Cook's future

    • Manchester City CEO Garry Cook in cancer email furore
    • Controversy over message sent to Nedum Onuoha's mother


    Manchester City's chief executive, Garry Cook, claims his email account was hacked. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images


    Manchester City were on Monday night holding top-level talks to consider Garry Cook's position after the offensive email that has prompted senior figures in Abu Dhabi to demand an explanation from the chief executive.
    City have consulted their legal department as the controversy intensifies, with the growing sense that the club's owner, Sheikh Mansour, and chairman, Khaldoon al-Mubarak, are not willing to tolerate what has happened and are considering all options.
    After a day of near-silence from Eastlands City released a brief statement last night, more than 24 hours since being informed of the Sun's intention to run a story about Nedum Onuoha's mother having received an email mocking her fight against cancer. "The club can confirm that a board-led review has been launched into the matter," the statement said.

    Dr Anthonia Onuoha, who also works as her son's agent, had notified Cook and the club's football administrator, Brian Marwood, during previous correspondence that she was "ravaged" with cancer. She was then copied into an email which had been sent from Cook's account to Marwood. It was addressed "Brian" and stated: "Ravaged with it!!........I don't know how you sleep at night. You used to be such a nice man when I worked with you at Nike. G"
    The email was sent 11 months ago from an iPad but it is only now that Dr Onuoha has been persuaded to publicise it. Nonetheless it is threatening to have serious ramifications for a man who earns £1.8m a year at Eastlands and has played a significant part in the club's transition under the Abu Dhabi United Group's ownership.

    Cook denied responsibility when Dr Onuoha let him know she had received the "insightful email" and went on to claim that his account had been hacked and that an internal inquiry had been opened. He said the culprit had been identified and disciplinary proceedings had begun.

    Sheikh Mansour and Mubarak want to know if he is sticking by that story and if it can be corroborated. Sensitive to any kind of bad publicity, they have remained behind Cook during previous controversies but regard this one as by far the most damaging and serious.
    The investigative process was held up because Cook is in Portland, Oregon, visiting his wife and children. Various City officials believe Cook to be in a vulnerable position even though he has previously had a strong relationship with the men who have turned City into the most financially powerful club in the world.

    Cook will at least be spared any disciplinary action from the Football Association and the Premier League, both of whom are reluctant to get involved despite Dr Onuoha asking them to take action.
    She said: "The illness is very stressful. I'm having chemotherapy and radiotherapy and this year has been traumatic. I didn't want anybody adding to my stress but that is what they've done.

    "The feeling of humiliation still persists," she added. "Now I just want the FA and the Premier League to see what's happened and to take the appropriate action. Treating people like this is completely abominable."
    Cook had apologised for "any hurt or embarrassment this may have caused" and reputedly told Dr Onuoha: "I cannot and will not condone this unacceptable behaviour. Brian did not receive this email and disciplinary action is under way regarding one of our employees."

    Onuoha, a 24-year-old defender who came through the club's academy, has been told he does not figure in the plans of the City manager, Roberto Mancini. A loan move had been arranged to Everton but fell through because City refused to pay any part of his £38,000-a-week salary.

    Onuoha has links with Kia Joorabchian, the controversial businessman who represents Carlos Tevez and who once counted among Cook's allies. The two men have since fallen out and City were so dismayed when they found out Onuoha had become involved with Joorabchian they are understood to have notified the FA on the basis that he does not own a Fifa licence to work as an agent.

  24. He's a classy man. A wonderful role model for anyone to aspire to.
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  25. Irish Scouse's Avatar Irish ScousePremium Member
    Bob Kelso. ❥
    Oh that Garry, reminds me of Gilbert from The Inbetweeners.

  26. If Cook is quilty, boot him. he has made a cock of himself plenty of times.

    And hopefully they get rid of Onuoha aswell. Links with Kia? What a cunt.
    Last edited by Madridista CR7; 06/09/2011 at 06:49 AM.

  27. Kia Joorabchian clearly has his finger in this PR pie.

    No doubt about it, he's trying to get Cook dismissed to clear the way for a director more 'understanding' to Carlos' position.

    Alot of misdirection about City and the way they let Adebayor/Cruz go out on loan, Spurs are in fact paying 80% of Adebayor's wages and Santa Cruz's wage contribution by City is 40%.

    Point being Cook isn't that much of an idiot in terms of negotiating, but clearly he's a liability and the Sheikh needs to show him the door. Plenty of better candidates out there i.e Laporta, Calderon, Kenyon (Wouldn't rule that mercenary out) even an ex player could come in I suppose.

    Cook reminds me of an Alan Partridge - Bobby Ball hybrid.

    The fact that it's 11 months old and nothing has really came out before this definitely suggests a Cook cover up. Apparently Mrs Onohua is also Nedum's agent as well which definitely makes me smell a Kia finger in all this.

    This 'disciplinary action' against an employee as well, it's been going on for 11 months then?

    And yet the club hasn't released a statement confirming a suspension/firing/disciplinary action, in fact the only statement was that the board was going to hold an inquiry into the incident and specifically into Cook. Hopefully as this develop's the slapsick directors position will become untenable...

  28. Quote Originally Posted by Jamie. View Post
    Alot of misdirection about City and the way they let Adebayor/Cruz go out on loan, Spurs are in fact paying 80% of Adebayor's wages
    Not buying that, if he's supposedly on at least 150k p/w then theres no chance of us paying him 120k+ p/w. We may have agreed to cover that through a loan fee but I cannot see us paying breaking our wage structure and nearly doubling our highest earner.

  29. Quite clearly the email was sent to Dr. Onouha when it was meant to be for Brian hence the Dear Brian and working with him at Nike in the email.

    On the side of Dr. Onouha I find it hard to believe that she actually felt worse when she received this than on the day she was told she had cancer and how many months have passed? There is something else to the story.

  30. Mike.'s Avatar Mike.
    Super Moderator
    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    Quite clearly the email was sent to Dr. Onouha when it was meant to be for Brian hence the Dear Brian and working with him at Nike in the email.

    On the side of Dr. Onouha I find it hard to believe that she actually felt worse when she received this than on the day she was told she had cancer and how many months have passed? There is something else to the story.
    Certainly more to this than meets the eye. Either way Cook could well be up shit creek

  31. Joel`'s Avatar Joel`
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    Garry Cook has resigned.

  32. Mike.'s Avatar Mike.
    Super Moderator
    Not suprised, his defence was flimsy, and the fact that he and Mancini really don't get on, may have spurred the owners into having a word in his ear. Think it will be good for City in the long run
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  33. Manchester City Football Club announce that the Board led review initiated on Monday of this week, as a response to allegations made to the football club, football authorities and a national newspaper by Dr Anthonia Onuoha, has been concluded.As a result, the Club can confirm that there is foundation to Dr Onuoha’s allegations and the Chairman has written to apologise to Dr Onuoha for any distress caused.

    Following the findings of the review, Chief Executive Officer Garry Cook has offered his resignation, which has been accepted with regret by the Board.

    Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak responded to the decision, saying: “Garry has made a remarkable contribution to Manchester City Football Club over the past three years.

    “His judgement in this matter should in no way lead to his accomplishments being overlooked. On every level, the club is unrecognisable from the organisation which he inherited and our staff and supporter services, community outreach and commercial activity have seen unparalleled growth under his direction with yet more projects to be realised on the horizon.

    “On behalf of Sheikh Mansour and the Board, I would like to thank him for his energy and tireless commitment to serving all those connected with the football club. He will always be welcome at Manchester City.”

    Garry Cook said: “I am privileged to have held my position at Manchester City Football Club and to have experienced the opportunities that it has presented. The privilege is in part offset however by the significant personal focus which has at times, detracted from the magnificent achievements of those working at the football club.

    “It is that factor, together with my error of judgement in this matter that has prompted me to reach this decision, which I believe is in the best interests of the football club.

    “I wish Roberto and his team and all of the fans and supportive partners of the Club the very best for exciting times ahead. I would also like to put on record my unreserved thanks to Sheikh Mansour, Khaldoon Al Mubarak and the Board and all of the very talented staff at the Club for their support throughout my tenure at Manchester City. I know the Club will go from strength to strength.”

    Whilst the Board commences a search for a new Chief Executive Officer, Director John MacBeath will fulfil the role of temporary CEO, working closely with the Board.


    Manchester City FC Club Statement - Manchester City FC
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  34. W4FC B3N's Avatar W4FC B3N
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    City 1 - 4 Wigan

  35. Quote Originally Posted by W4FC B3N View Post
    City 1 - 4 Wigan
    Result will be opposite that

  36. Joe's Avatar Joe
    Modern Day Legend
    Cook may have been a dick, but you have to respect how he worked himself up the business ladder and how far he got, sadly he made a very very stupid mistake, we all do them. Hopefully we get someone else as good as him.

  37. Joss's Avatar JossPremium Member
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    :o Now who's going to greet the new players with "how are you, brother?" (?)

  38. Mike.'s Avatar Mike.
    Super Moderator
    I'd promote John Williams. Works well with Mancini already, despite not being there too long, and with 13 years at Blackburn, will have a wealth of experience and contacts.... and isnt a complete prick

  39. thorton
    First Team
    Kia Joorabchian is a gimp, cant stand the man.

    Dzeko is a beast and will score an immense amount of goals this season, i was shouting at all the haters last season for saying hes crap and hes been a flop, i told the he'll not score many in his first half season but then he starts banging them in - like he did at all the other clubs hes been at.

    Comparing Aguero to Dzeko is silly, they play differently.

    No comment on Garry Cook, him resigning is basically admitting he did it - nob.


    we'll demolish wigan tomorrow, and ill be there to witness all 4 (or more) goals we score

    its been hell recently without any football lol.
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    • Quote Originally Posted by Xavi
      ‘In the last 15 to 20 years the best central midfielder that I have seen — the most complete — is Scholes. I have spoken with Xabi Alonso about this many times. Scholes is a spectacular player who has everything. If he had been Spanish then maybe he would have been valued more.
    SAF greatest ever.
    Quote Originally Posted by Joss View Post
    :o Now who's going to greet the new players with "how are you, brother?" (?)
     




  41. Manchester City's Wayne Bridge joins the non-playing footballers' club
    Wayne Bridge has become one of the forgotten men of football, living a celebrity lifestyle but rejecting the chance to move and play
    Daniel Taylor
    guardian.co.uk, Friday 9 September 2011 23.16 BST


    On the face of it, it is not a bad life. Wayne Bridge has all the star footballer's accessories: the pretty girlfriend, the designer labels, the big house on millionaire's row, with the big drive and big gates.

    He lives in Alderley Edge, Cheshire's equivalent of the Hollywood Hills, and there are enough paparazzi around to let him know he is still news, at least for the gossip pages (he dates Frankie Sandford from the Saturdays).

    They reckon Alderley Edge has more millionaires per square mile than any other part of the country. It is a place, according to one Daily Mail article, where the Oddbins sells upwards of 150 bottles of Cristal every week and the local charity shop is "filled with last season's Versace, Armani and Cavalli". Bridge's salary of £90,000 a week, or £4.7m a year, makes sure he fits in with the crowd.

    But it is a strange existence. Bridge trains alone at Manchester City these days. He has not played for the first team since last December and is not in the 25-man squads for either the Premier League or Champions League. He has become one of the forgotten men, lost in the small print of the story that is unfolding in east Manchester.

    Except it did not have to be this way, and it is here that we see why, behind the scenes at City, one member of the football staff talked this week of someone who had become "more interested in what he's doing on his Saturday nights rather than Saturday afternoons".

    Then we come to Roberto Mancini's weekly press conference and the blank look when he was asked whether he understood the player's decision to stay put when he could have left during the transfer window. "I don't," he replied.

    Mancini spoke of a "good player, a good guy" but it inevitably came back to a question of the player's priorities. "I'm not disappointed but I think he should be disappointed," he said. "For every player, it's important to play. If you have [the chance] to go and play somewhere it's important [to take it]."

    Newcastle looked at Bridge at the start of the summer until it became clear the money involved was out of their reach. Two clubs from Turkey contacted City, and one from Russia. Then Celtic came in for him.

    The proposal was a season-long loan, with European football and sell-out crowds. Bridge had the chance to re-establish himself, demonstrate his ambition, prove he still had a competitive spirit. He said no.

    His motives have not been explained and, until we hear from him, we can only speculate. At City, though, there is a feeling among the coaching staff that this is someone who has lost his drive and is endangering whatever is left of his playing days.

    Bridge has been on the wane for a couple of years. To put it into context, he went through a full season for City, playing 1,897 minutes, without a single cross, out of 47 attempts, going to a team-mate. He was loaned to West Ham in January and, on his debut, was at fault for every goal in a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal ("defending conspicuous by its awfulness", one match report said). He played 18 times for a club that was relegated.

    Yet his last England cap was only 22 months ago. He has won 36 in total. There was a league championship medal for him at Chelsea, plus glories in the FA Cup and League Cup. City, then managed by Mark Hughes, paid £10m to sign him in January 2009, with a contract that runs to 2013.

    City will investigate whether he will drop down a level. "It would be better for him if he finds a good solution in the Championship," Mancini says. "It's important he can find a good solution for the next four months." But any loan arrangement would mean City have to subsidise the majority of his salary. And what a salary it is. In total, Bridge's earnings at City stand at £12.5m so far and rising.

    For this, the responsibility falls on City and their now-departed chief executive, Garry Cook, for handing out so many over-the-top salaries in the first year of the Abu Dhabi United Group regime. Craig Bellamy and Roque Santa Cruz were also earning around the £90,000-a-week mark, while Emmanuel Adebayor was on £150,000.

    All these players, like Bridge, were excluded from first-team training in the run-up to the transfer window closing. Everyone bar Bridge moved on. What we have now is a non-playing football player.

    Bridge has been frozen into a gulag of indifference at City, albeit one where the club pay enough into his account every month to make sure he can enjoy the life that has taken him off the sports pages and into the gossip columns. And there are still the footballers' perks, as his girlfriend explained to one newspaper last weekend.

    "We booked a last-minute holiday to Cannes but I was in Manchester and didn't have anything with me. So Wayne was like: 'I'll ring up Harvey Nichols and see if they'll open late for us.' We were shopping by ourselves drinking champagne. I felt like a princess."

    It is a life many would envy. But what price the thrill and adrenaline of running on to a football pitch, hearing the crowd, beneath the floodlights, the noise, the colours?

    That, perhaps, is the most appropriate question for a man who does not seem to comprehend, a few weeks after turning 31, that it is far too early to find his career being spoken about in the past tense.
    This is probably why it is a good thing that Cook resigned. 90k/a week to this fucking prick? Can see the next CEO doing a better job.

    And gotta say....Wayne Bridge is probably the biggest mercenery in world of football ever! No professional pride at all.
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  42. Quote Originally Posted by Madridista CR7 View Post
    This is probably why it is a good thing that Cook resigned. 90k/a week to this fucking prick? Can see the next CEO doing a better job.

    And gotta say....Wayne Bridge is probably the biggest mercenery in world of football ever! No professional pride at all.
    Seriously, I hear people spouting the usual shit about Heskey: at least he gives his all, and at least he gives SOMETHING on the pitch. Wayne Bridge is the single most pathetic player to have earned 32 England caps that I have ever seen. His most memorable moment on the international scene was pulling out of the World Cup. A useless attacker AND defender, which takes some doing.

  43. DMF's Avatar DMFPremium Member
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    Starting XI: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Y.Toure, Milner, A.Johnson, Silva, Tevez, Aguero.

    Dzeko not in squad.

  44. Dzeko must be injured, surely.

  45. DMF's Avatar DMFPremium Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by GodCubed View Post
    Dzeko must be injured, surely.
    Rested. Played 2 90 mins during the week. Aguero played combined 25 mins for Argentina and Tevez had the week off.

  46. Quote Originally Posted by DMF View Post
    Rested. Played 2 90 mins during the week. Aguero played combined 25 mins for Argentina and Tevez had the week off.
    Fair enough, I suppose. Forgot it was an international week last week.

  47. Mike.'s Avatar Mike.
    Super Moderator
    Quote Originally Posted by GodCubed View Post
    Fair enough, I suppose. Forgot it was an international week last week.
    Oh for gods sake, finally get him after the site crashed and cost me his hat trick, and he doesnt play. Cunting hell
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  48. Quote Originally Posted by Mike. View Post
    Oh for gods sake, finally get him after the site crashed and cost me his hat trick, and he doesnt play. Cunting hell
    DAMN IT

    Knew I'd forgotten something. I'd taken Bent out as he wasn't expected to play, so he's on my subs bench. Least Baines/Given are playing.

  49. DMF's Avatar DMFPremium Member
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    Kolo Toure is back on City's bench today too.

  50. Joel`'s Avatar Joel`
    Modern Day Legend
    Ahh damn it. Forgot to make my transfers as well, come on Kevin Davies - Do me proud!

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