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Manchester City – Selling the vision

29 May 2009 by

Last summer Abu Dhabi’s finest walked through the doors of Eastlands with a promise of greatness. Later that day they displayed their intent to the world by pulling off an enormous coup by securing Brazilian star Robinho from Real Madrid. Almost a year later and many lie unconvinced, whilst many Manchester City fans, including myself, will tell you, Rome was not built in a day and a world class football team will not be either.

When the transfer window slammed shut last September the world’s eyes lay on East Manchester as City paraded their marquee signing. With the return of Shaun Wright Phillips and the encouraging signings of Vincent Kompany and Pablo Zabaleta the stage was set for a highly successful season. Unfortunately though, football has a way of tying a dreamers feet firmly to the ground. City can be fairly happy with their season with a terrific home showing and a strong run in the UEFA Cup. The issue with City’s season has been a dreadful away record that has undoubtedly cost the club a UEFA Europa League spot and possibly the group of players heading Mark Hughes’ summer hit list. Garry Cook will tell you that City missing out on Europe will make little difference to the blues summer transfer activity, the rest of us however may see thing differently.

City could easily challenge the top four next season with three realistic signings. And the three Galacticos in question? Messi? Kaka? Ribery? Not quite. Many of City’s problems last season lay in defense. Richard Dunne had a rollercoaster of a season, at times displaying the qualities that won him four consecutive player of the season awards. Too often though, Dunne’s performances were rash and calamitous. See Newcastle away for full details. Micah Richards has possibly been City’s biggest disappointment this season. Since bursting onto the scene with a last minute header against Aston Villa back in 2006 Richards has been the gem in City’s crown. Last season though, it just didn’t happen for him. Why? It certainly hasn’t been through a lack of commitment. One theory is that he gained too much muscle over the summer, which in turn stifled his key asset, that being his pace. Others feel that Dunne’s form along with Micah playing once again with a new right back at his side in Pablo Zabaleta may have hindered his performances. The truth is that whatever has happened to Dunne and Richards over the past season, they simply haven’t been good enough on a regular basis. And City could solve this with one giant swoop of the cheque book for Everton’s Joleon Lescott. The Everton defender has produced fine form over the past season, earning himself a place in Fabio Capello’s England squad in the process. The only initial sticking point to signing Lescott would be the reluctance of David Moyes to let him go. This problem could easily have been side stepped with a bid of £20 million. Okay twenty big ones seems excessive but Manchester City can afford to be excessive. The clubs only advantage over the top four is cash flow. This though would not now be enough thanks to the blues missing out on a European spot. With the shadow of the World Cup next summer hanging over every player there is little chance that Lescott would leave a club playing in Europe to join a team that isn’t. He simply wouldn’t risk missing the opportunity to display his talents on the big occasions and the same goes for candidate two, Gareth Barry.

In January Manchester City spent almost £20 million on Nigel De Jong from Hamburg. A transfer that drew plenty of criticism to the club seeing as they could have purchased the player for a quarter of the price had they waited until the summer. De Jong has applied himself quite well with a number of decent performances and the team clearly missed him during European games for which he was cup tied. If however, Nigel De Jong is worth £20 million then Gareth Barry must be worth somewhere around the £50 million mark. Barry has been a consistent performer for Villa for a number of years now with great passing ability and intelligent play. He is also a player who is clearly itching for a fresh start. The Liverpool saga last summer only goes to show that Gareth Barry doesn’t feel he can achieve all he wants at Aston Villa. Had they qualified for Europe, Manchester City could very well have secure Barry’s signature. It’s not difficult to imagine what Mark Hughes and Garry Cook would be telling him. The problem is though that City cannot sell a dream of the future to an England fringe player when a World Cup lies around the corner. And this is the problem that City will face all summer long. How do they sell the vision to transfer targets when the club hasn’t qualified for Europe? The answer. By signing Carlos Tevez.

The Argentinean has been nothing short of world class during the 08-09 season for neighbors United and yet due to financial reasons the Premier League champions simply cannot afford to buy him. Queue Manchester City’s only advantage over the top four. ‘It’s a World Cup season’ I hear you cry ‘Tevez wants European football’. This however, is not necessarily true. Tevez’s agent Kia Joorabchian has been quoted as saying that Tevez would sacrifice European football in order to play on a more regular basis. This, plus the fact that Tevez and his family are settled in the area and the fact that City already have an Argentine player at the club in Pablo Zabaleta, places the ball firmly in City’s court. And with the signing of Tevez City would also be gaining an invaluable negotiation tool. By displaying that the club has secured the services of two world class players within a year City could easily attract other top players. Whatever happens this summer it’s certainly going to be busy at Eastlands.


86 Comments »

  • Steven Goran Eriksson

    Get it sorted out. The Man City blog on here is used to better.

  • Steven Goran Eriksson

    In addition, I find it quite insulting that you have posted two articles within one minute of each other. Proper writers with proper articles spend much more time than this. If you would so care as to look at one of my articles, it is well formatted, nicely written and it shows that I have spent time writing it. The opposite is the case here, I’m afraid.

  • dhoward87 (author)

    chill out! Im clearly new to this, never attempted to write an artivle in my life and thought id give it ago. And for your information the articles haven’t been written in a day, i only recieved my log in details today so uploaded both. What is the need to be so rude? Try making a constructive comment at least. You may be an experienced writer and good for you but it doesn’t make you a better person or give you the right to leave posts like that

  • I*T*P*L

    Steven, he’s right, you do need to chill out, why are you so ingrained to being mean to the other blogsfc writers?

    dhoward87, for future reference, the formatting has a habit of going awry if you upload articles from Word, it’s best if you either write them straight into the site or on Notepad.

  • dhoward87 (author)

    I*T*P*L thanks for the tip, to be honest i wondered what on earth had happened once id uploaded. Cheers for the advice

  • Andrew

    Sounds to me as if a certain Stephen Goran Erikkson has Ronaldo-esque tendencies! Must be a Rag!

  • Plattsy

    Nice article!
    I agree with Tevez and Barry, both would definitely improve our team. Personally I think that Lescott is very overrated, but I know that a lot of people like him.
    I think we’ve just got to accept that there are not many good left backs out there, and make the best of what we have with Garrido, Ball and Berti, of which I would argue Garrido is the best.

  • Matt Jones

    2 articles in 2 minutes…nice one…

    “In addition, I find it quite insulting that you have posted two articles within one minute of each other. Proper writers with proper articles spend much more time than this. If you would so care as to look at one of my articles, it is well formatted, nicely written and it shows that I have spent time writing it. The opposite is the case here, I’m afraid.”

    >>> As much as it pains me to say it…he is correct.

    “You may be an experienced writer and good for you but it doesn’t make you a better person or give you the right to leave posts like that”

    >>> I think if you are experienced then you have extra privilges on this site, and complaining is one of those rights 🙂

    Oh well, another one bites the dust!

  • dhoward87 (author)

    i would agree and i havent been overly impressed with bridge either. Thanks for the comments

  • dhoward87 (author)

    Matt do you and Steven have a problem with new people joining this site? Im really struggling to see what your problem is. If you have anything to say about the actual article whether it be positive or not i will happily listen and take your comments on board, otherwise i suggest you just ignore my articles

  • Matt Jones

    No, ive not been harsh…that Steven lad (whoever his is) has been?

    My contributuion is as follows >>>

    Wayne Bridge is utterrr rubbish, we need Phillip Lahm at LB 🙂
    +++++++++++ we need to give Ched Evans a chance as he is quality, maybe better than Tevez if he gets the opportunity?

  • Tom

    Wow chill! The writing on this site has never been particularly good, who is it who constantly inserts their own unfunny nicknames into players names?

  • dhoward87 (author)

    i definatly agree on Evans but he’ll never improve if Hughes keeps giving him five or ten minutes here and there. I see we have been linked with Eto’o today aswell, i suppose we can dream 🙂

  • Matt Jones

    To be honest, I think Steven Goran Eriksson’s articles are better than this ‘Tom’ maainly because they are captivating. If i look at this, i get bored after 3 seconds (no offence)…with Steven’s I can keep reading it as the humour is always effervescent. They are two completely different styles. My personal preference is Steven’s, you may think otherwise and I can’t stop you.

    Chilllll

  • Matt Jones

    Eto’o, im not sure, we need a decent experienced player who has PM experience, so Tevez I guess may be a good option. It’s a shame for Ched, looks like he is on his way to Stoke. (I saw him and spoke to him, such a lovely guy!)

  • Steven Goran Eriksson

    Tom = WUM. Never been godd at it, and you never will be.

    To quote from your article:

    “plus the fact that Tevez and his family are settled in the area and the fact that City already have an Argentine player at the club in Pablo Zabaleta, places the ball firmly in City’s court.”

    Hmmmmm, I think you’re conveniently forgetting the fact that Liverpool, not exactly a million miles away from here, also have an Argentine in their ranks, Javier Mascherano. Furthermore, they can also offer Tévez, whose name contains an accent by the way, European football, so I think the ball is in their court.

    Just to put the record straight, I’m not annoyed there is another writer on the City board, but I just wish the quality of writing is good for all articles. I worked my absolute socks off, before Matt started writing, to get this blog accepted to NewsNow, a great honour for any website, so I just wish that we could all write wonderful pieces.

    I accept that you are new to blogging, as I myself, having been doing this for well under a year, so I can comprehend if you are nervous here, but just relax and you will be fine 🙂

    Oh, and as for the guy who suggested I’m a rag, seriously mate, get a life.

  • dhoward87 (author)

    looks like sturridge is going the same way, all be it down to him. Its worrying though that the club will be letting our only two young strikers who are near the first team

  • Matt Jones

    To be honest, not a fan of Sturridge, 75,000 a week he wants, let him go if so! Infact Ive written my article on that which will be published next week 🙂

    Steven, is my writing not good enough for here 🙁

    p.s I still think Zaba should have won Player of the Season, what do you think?

  • dhoward87 (author)

    the point is though that Tevez wants a guarenteed starting place in a team, which he won’t get at liverpool. At city he would be one of the first names on the team sheet. And by the way i also put alot of effort into my articles and seeing as they are my first two attempts i pretty happy with them

  • Tom

    There is constant criticism and nitpicking on this site which to be honest doesn’t reflect well upon this site.

    But in terms of the different styles can’t say I prefer either, the usual ones seem too long winded and not particularly well written, but things like writing Queue instead of Cue and quoting NDJ’s price as £20m instead of 18 don’t endear me to this one either.

    If you want to create a well reasoned and thought out blog, written with intellegence, have a look at The Lonesome Death of Roy Carrol for inspiration, easily the best City site on the web.

  • dhoward87 (author)

    i don’t think i could choose between Ireland and Zabaleta. Both have played with more heart than ive seen in a city shirt for years

  • Steven Goran Eriksson

    Matt – you’re blogs are very, improving with each one 🙂

    dhoward87 – I’m only trying to help. There are things you can work on for the future, but it’s a decent start.

    Tom – The normal blogs on here, ie the previews and reviews, may be long-winded, but that is because they give a full and detailed review/preview of the game. They are not just a normal short 500 word article, they are much better than that. For you to say that they are not well-written is just a lie though. Jealousy, one feels.

    It’s funny that Tom mentioned that site, because I’m actually very good friends with Jack, who writes a lot of work on there, so I will pass on my congratulations from you.

  • Steven Goran Eriksson

    *Very good*

    Oh, and 100% Ireland. Zabadoodoo second.

  • Tom

    Honestly no jealousy on my part, I have no intention of writing a blog, and the fact that you wrote ‘you’re blogs’ as in ‘you are blogs’ says something about your writing skills.

  • Matt Jones

    Tom – steven’s writing skills are phenomenal, or are you too much of a blithering idiot to realise it?

    dhoward87 – keep posting, its good 🙂

  • Matt Jones

    Nope, Zabadoodooo first Steven, we shall agree to disagree! he’s been outstanding. Ireland has just been a good player in a pretty average team, hence why he stands out.

  • Steven Goran Eriksson

    I’ve got a feeling Tom is VJ – trying to wind me up!!

    Anyway, the red rose are doing us proud so far. 🙂

  • I*T*P*L

    Sorry Steven, it would be good for you if it was me, but I’m afraid it’s not, you’ve got a genuine detractor. And frankly, for your unfriendliness you deserve one.

  • Clevblue

    Very nice article, thanks. Keep up the good work

  • Bluemoon

    Not a bad article at all. When I first heard the news of the takeover, I was very apprehensive. We signed Robinho and i felt a little better. I do like to see that the owners do appreciate, unlike many, that you cannot build a team overnight – with many people calling for Hughes’ head. He is a world class manager and will, with time, build a team that, I believe, will break into the top 4. Lets just hope that, however long it takes, the board will have patience with Hughes

    Steve and Matt

    >>> You both know too well that I thoroughly enjoy both your styles of writing and I find all of your articles very entertaining. However, and don’t take this the wrong way, you both are very unwilling to accept any new writers. At some points (especially Steven) you are very unwelcoming and, from a 3rd party point of view, it seems that you want this site for yourself – you want to run it. I really hope that you don’t take this the wrong way because I know, and appreciate, the amount of effort that goes into writing articles. You have to appreciate that other people may have aspirations to write articles. Steven – you must loosen up. I know it must be hard to watch people invade the blog that you started but, sometimes, quite frankly, you are downright rude.

    To prospective writers

    >>> Anyone that wishes to write an article must appreciate that Steven only means well and wishes to maintain the quality of article that he has written. Please, trying not to make this sound like a dictatorship, if you have not written a quality article – or, at least, one of the quality that we have seen here – please, do not post it.

  • Matt Jones

    Ricky…

    I think you are being harsh on me!

    “you both are very unwilling to accept any new writers.”

    Not at all..if you look above i actually said…

    “dhoward87 – keep posting, its good :)”

    Soooo… 🙁

  • Bluemoon

    Sorry, I was a bit in rant mode at that point. For you, i was referring to the ‘blueloon’ saga (how fun that was) where you were very harsh to begin with. I have t say, after wading through hundreds of comments, yo do seem to, somehow make friends with the person that you, primarily, p****d off.

    I hope you do see my point though. While not trying to be harsh, I was, in a way, being constructive – if you know what I mean.

  • Steven Goran Eriksson

    After a night of reflection, I have time to think about my actions and comments, so with those thoughts having been considered, I want to take this oportunity to apologise.

    In hindsight, I may have been too harsh on dhoward87 in my first few comments. This is purely borne out of frustration and as comment 30 puts it, an unwillingness to accept new writers. As more comments were posted here, I did say that I quite liked the article, but I feel that this praise has been overlooked by those including Tom and I*T*P*L, the latter of whom I am most unimpressed with, who are intent on detracting myself.

    I hope that you can all understand that both myself and Matt Jones, despite his claims, are both still at school, both of us don’t study English, neither of us have any experience of writing professionally, so we feel, understandably, that our blogs are of a very high standard. Dhoward87, I have no idea about your age, so if you are young, I apologise that I may have dampened your enthusiasm for writing. This was certainly not my intention, so for this, I offer my sincere apologies.

    The article is actually very well written. You do indeed have an easy-going style of writing, and although there were a few layout problems at the beginning, they seem to have now been rectified, so for this I commend you. It is an interesting article, one which is both informative and enjoyable to read. Your standard of writing is arguably among the top few on the whole footballblog.co.uk site. Only myself, Matt Jones and I*T*P*L are regular contributors of a high standard, so it would be great if another person joined us.

    I think the end of comment 30 hits the nail on the head. Although we do apreciate new writers, they must sustain the quality of writing already posted on here, so I may have been prematurely harsh to you, but on reflection, the standard of this piece is quite high, so I commend you for this, whilst at the same time, retracting my earlier comments.

    Hopefully, I have expressed and articulated my views and I hope that we can still get along together fine. As I said a number of times in this comment, your writing is very good and I hope that you will continue to produce more articles in the future. You seem to have found a niche with this piece, in that neither myself nor Matt Jones had thought of this idea, so although I primarily cover match previews and reviews, there is still a wide range of choice of things for you to write about.

    I hope my apology is accepted and once again, I would like to take this opportunity to say sorry for any hurt that I have caused you with my earlier comments.

  • Matt Jones

    “Matt Jones, despite his claims”

    >>> I’m a tax lawyer, don’t know where you got that from???

  • Matt Jones

    “In January Manchester City spent almost £20 million on Nigel De Jong from Hamburg. A transfer that drew plenty of criticism to the club seeing as they could have purchased the player for a quarter of the price had they waited until the summer. De Jong has applied himself quite well with a number of decent performances and the team clearly missed him during European games for which he was cup tied. If however, Nigel De Jong is worth £20 million then Gareth Barry must be worth somewhere around the £50 million mark.”

    >> Sorry, just felt I had to say something about this bit. Unfortunately I have to disgree. Had we left de Jong until the summer, there would have been lots of clubs wanting him, Chelsea were linked as were another couple of ‘unnamed’ English clubs, as well as a whole host of teams abroad. He would have had the choice and I’m sure e would have gone elsewhere.

    You also say he has done ‘quite’ well. Again, sorry I have t disagree! He has otushone Kompany in the last 10 games considerably and has adapted very well to the league for a foreign player. He is physical, and despite only being small, he get up in the air very well. He is a commander, sitting infront on the back four and he does his job very effectively. I am glad we signed him in Jan, he has made a big difference, especially as we would have been short in that position oherwise. He has a natural talent and will be one of the first on the team sheet next season i’m sure. Personally i would take de Jong over Barry every single time 🙂 You not agree?

  • Matt Jones

    p.s judging by ‘dhoward87’ -Steven, I think his age may be 22? Or 21!

  • dhoward87 (author)

    good guess on the age 22. Nah not been impressed with de jong. I was expecting a gattuso type who cant walk down the street without trying to tackle people. Instead i find him more like fernandes, dancing round his opponent. Whilst it looks energetic theres rarely an end product. Dont get me wrong id expect him to come on leaps and bounds next season but i think he has work to do

  • dhoward87 (author)

    by the way theres much more sense being spoken on here than most other city forums and blogs, most notibly blueviw

  • Matt Jones

    Woohooo! I thought the 87 gave it away!

    I still can’t get my head around the comparison of de Jong to Fernandes! At least de Jong does have a bit of bite? He was one of three decent players in the derby, along with Dunne and Onouha and like I say i think he does a grand job infront of the back four?

  • Matt Jones

    p.s like you say, had de Jong played against Hamburg, we would have won.

  • I*T*P*L

    Steven, isn’t it more fun being nice to people?

    Also, why are you unimpressed with me when you seem to have been won around to my way of thinking?

  • Matt Jones

    VJ is right Steven!

  • I*T*P*L

    Thanks Matt,

    “Only myself, Matt Jones and I*T*P*L are regular contributors of a high standard” – while I’m flattered by this comment I think it’s a touch unfair on the other writers. All the Tottenham ones are good, the new Birmingham has made a very good start, and most of all I think Renato’s work is excellent for someone writing in a foreign language.

  • Matt Jones

    I agree, I dont think mine is very good, he just put me in because he knows me and didnt want to offend me! Spurs ones are great, I like the awards blog. I might do something like that for City 🙂 The new Holland one was good too!

  • I*T*P*L

    I think you’re being harsh to yourself, yours are very good to have on here to vary things a bit, at generally Steven only writes previews and reviews. Your top ten players series particularly seemed to evoke a lot of interest.

  • Matt Jones

    A lot of insults more like! Thanks anyway!

  • Steven Goran Eriksson

    Just got in after a morning out, and I walk in to see Nigel de Jong being compared to Gelson Fernandes. I know I was kind to you in comment 33, and that is how I want to stay, but for you to compare de Jong to the absolute piece of uselessness that is Fernandes makes me seriously question your judgement.

    De Jong occupies a Makélélé-esque role, sitting in front of the back four, intercepting oppostition attacks and then giving the ball to our more attack minded players. Unfortunately, this is a role which many people seem unable to observe, thus rendering their opinion on de Jong untrustworthy. For those of us who appreciate the role which de Jong plays, we understand how well he has adapted to the Premier League. Just out of interest, and this is in no way intended to be harsh, do you (dhoward87) go to any games?

    Just for Matt’s benefit, I have 6 new articles in the piping line, so with the season having ended, thus meaning I can’t obviously do any more (p)reviews, I have had to expand my wings, so to speak, and think of new ideas.

    VJ – You know why I am annoyed with me. It will take a lot to get me back on your side!!

  • dhoward87 (author)

    I haven’t missed a home game in 6 years apart from on boxing day each season and get to around 5 away games a season. Im not saying De Jong is utterly useless, im saying that for a player who was hyped as a big tackler I would have expected more and the comparison to gelson isn’t as a complete player to player comparison. Im saying that he tends to dance around his opponent instead of getting stuck in. Just an opinion, isn’t wrong or right and certainly doesn’t make my opinions untrustworthy. I know you have apologised for earlier comments which I appreciate but I think you display the fact you are of school age quite often in the comments you make. Football is an opinion based topic, we could watch the same game and have completly different views afterwards. So to comment on the reliability of somebodys opinion is nothing short of ridiculous. I don’t want to criticise or start a war of words but I think you need to learn to accept other peoples opinions. I enjoy your articles and you probably have a bright future in journalism but you will never get anywhere if you can’t accept somebody elses opinion

  • Steven Goran Eriksson

    Thanks, and I normally listen to other people’s opinions with interest, but to compare de Jong to Fernandes in any way, shape or form, is quite frankly WRONG.

    Matt – check your school email.

  • dhoward87 (author)

    no it isn’t though. To compare the way they run up to a free kick wouldn’t be wrong or the way they take a throw in. So how is it wrong to say they both dance around their opponent? Also, i feel i judge the holding midfield role very well. I have been a huge fan of both Kompany and Zabaleta this season and i think both are head and shoulders above de jong in that position and yet both cost less than de jong, hence the reason i criticise de jong

  • Steven Goran Eriksson

    Well, it’s not exactly de Jong’s fault is it that he cost more?

    I can completely understand your views that one man’s meat is another man’s poison, and that we are al entitled to our own opinions, but if I asked you who is the better striker, Fernando Torres or Tesafi Bramble (released by Stockport this season), and you said Bramble, you are not correct. Although opinions are exactly that, they need to be given with understanding and reason.

  • dhoward87 (author)

    the de jong opinion has both understanding and reason. He was hyped as a big tacking player who loves to get stuck in. Yet more often than not he seems happy to chase. I feel it is a fair point and also that he is half the player of both kompany and zabaleta

  • Steven Goran Eriksson

    Well we agree to disagree.

    Hype is someting which a player cannot control. De Jong, if you had watched him whilst he played at Hamburg, does enjoy a good tackle, a trait that he has often displayed here, but to say that he enjoys running around is just ODD.

    Gelson is someone who runs around like a headless chicken. He never wins a tackle, nor does any effective job. De Jong sits in front of the back four, intercepts possession and distributes the ball very well. One game in which he played in, he had 94% passing success rate.

  • dhoward87 (author)

    As you say, we’ll agree to disagree. whilst he doesnt control hype i have a city mag with a de jong interview in which he emphasises the hype. Dont get me wrong, at times this season he has been brilliant but id take zabba and kompany over him anyday

  • Matt Jones

    BOYS! PIPE DOWN!

    Sorry, not because I know him, but I have to agree with Steven when he says;

    “Gelson is someone who runs around like a headless chicken. He never wins a tackle, nor does any effective job. De Jong sits in front of the back four, intercepts possession and distributes the ball very well. One game in which he played in, he had 94% passing success rate.”

    I do feel the Gelson comment was harsh on Nigel! I think he loves to get stuck in! I would take Nigel over Vinnie to be honest, but not over Zaba as I feel Zaba should have got player of the season.

    Steven, love the Tesafi Bramble comment! Check your emails!

  • Steven Goran Eriksson

    Personally, I would take Zabaleta at right-back, Vincent at centre-back, and de Jong in holding midfield, so that would please everyone 🙂

    Matt – love how you say, “Sorry, not because I know him, but I have to agree with Steven when he says” – intending to mean that you don;t know me, but then in the last sentence of your comment, you say “Check your emails!” 😀

  • Steven Goran Eriksson

    Sorry, my bad, I misinterpreted your commment Matt.

  • Matt Jones

    Ahaha, it’s fine! If dhoward87 really wants to know, im a family friend who helped your Dad’s company with his tax issues

  • Steven Goran Eriksson

    Naturally … 🙂

  • dhoward87 (author)

    your dads not an mp by any chance is he steven? 😛

  • Steven Goran Eriksson

    Hilarious …

  • Tom

    Where did the sturridge article go?

  • Steven Goran Eriksson

    Tom, you seem to be addicted to this site, suddenly commenting on everything. Maybe it’s better than you first thought?!?

  • I*T*P*L

    Really Steven, I don’t know why. The only thing I have done against you is tell you to stop being unfriendly, which you now agree with. What’s going on?

  • Steven Goran Eriksson

    I think you know.

  • I*T*P*L

    Seriously? What?

    Do you think I’m Tom? If so, don’t be silly, why would I say stuff like “have a look at The Lonesome Death of Roy Carrol for inspiration, easily the best City site on the web.” How would I know about that sort of site?

  • Steven Goran Eriksson

    VJ, chill sunshine, I’m only joking. Gotcha 🙂

    I still remember when Plattsy wrote the Portsmouth review when I was away, and you said as ‘Patrick Matthews’, that it was better than mine, so I needed to get you back!!

    I was annoyed with you at first, but as you say, I have now realised that you weer, as always, correct. Thanks for the advice, it’s much appreciated.

  • Tom

    Better than I first thought?!? AFter being told about the quality of the writing yesterday, today I found an article completely and utterly plagiarised from another website and claimed by Matt Jones.

    http://www.footballfancast.com/blog/manchester-city/is-there-some-method-man-city-starlets-perceived-madness/13434

    A minute after I pointed this out it was gone, quality journalism.

  • Steven Goran Eriksson

    For all your many negative points Tom, and trust me there are many, this is actually very interesting. Thanks for pointing it out. I shall read all of Matt’s further atricles with suspicion.

    Matt – tut tut.

  • I*T*P*L

    I’d be interested to see what the Sturidge article said, how close a copy was it. Who removed it, Matt or admin? Again, tut tut Matt.

  • Tom

    Copy and paste job, first line was original though.

  • Steven Goran Eriksson

    VJ, having read both articles, it is clear that Matt, and it does pain me to say it, basically copied and pasted. Yes, there were odd lines that Matt had inserted himself, but generally, it was a copy and paste job.

    Sorry Matt, because I was about to say that it was one of your best!

  • I*T*P*L

    Oh dear. I’m sorry to say that having copied various paragraphs from his previous articles into google that was not the first.

  • I*T*P*L

    On the plus side, all that rubbish about Stephen Ireland being like Paul Scholes and never getting any bad press wasn’t Matt talking!

  • Steven Goran Eriksson

    I’ve had words on a private email with him, but he’ll sort it out, I have faith in him!

  • I*T*P*L

    “I was annoyed because I know people like myself put a lot of effort into writing 2,000 word reviews/previews and player ratings, yet ‘he’ went and posted 100 words and I didn’t think it was fair/appropriate.” – That’s a pretty funny quote from him!

    Will he be allowed to sort it out d’you think? He was already of some kind of probation.

  • Alex D

    Hi guys, my name is Alex Dimond, I psot articles for the website which is linked above.

    I am a fam friend of Matt Jones, i’m now at Uni and an avid City fan. I am in contact with Matt (alot recently) and it was actually his idea to do an article on Sturridge and his demands. He wrote the original article and send it to me, which I edited. I dont think he wanted to put it on here originally because he wanted tos ee how it went down with the people who viewed it first. It went down well, and now i see he wanted to post it himself. I do feel however that Matthew is in the wrong, and I have emailed him to say so, so please dotn say I am backing up for him. I am at Uni and needed some help due to work committments and needed inspiration, which he gave me.

    He has links with all the writers on the site, through his dad mainly. One writer Rob facey speaks to him a fair amount and asks him to write little bits and bobs.

    Yes he has copied it, bit to fair to the young lad, he actually wrote most of it originally! Although my article doesnt have the pictures his does.

    By all means feel free to ask me questions. I just dont want the lad to get in trouble as it was his idea originally, and like i say, he does write lots of little bits which end up on the site.

    Alex

  • Alex D

    I meant to say, the arricles he writes on ratings e.t.c are not featured on this site, so he is not trying to get promotion. Just wanted to clear that up.

  • Tom

    Doesn’t seem right, according to his FootballFansCast profile this Alex Dimond is a Crystal Palace supporter as opposed to an ‘avid City fan’, and his selection of articles show no clear city bias. As for waiting to see if the article was well received, as far as the comments go, it was not well received at all. Plus I can’t see a City fan defending Sturridge against accusations of greed like that.

  • Tom

    http://www.footballfancast.com/blog/manchester-city/why-patience-key-manchester-city-star/11648
    mancity.footballblog.co.uk/robinhohome-or-away.html

    Emily Brobyn

    http://www.footballfancast.com/blog/manchester-city/just-rewards-man-city-star-and-very-least-he-deserved/13126
    mancity.footballblog.co.uk/the-stephen-superman-ireland-story.html

    Lewis Doe

    Is he such good friends with both of these writers? He really should get some credit over on footballfanscast, he’s writing all of their articles! Plus they’re written in a better and more fluent style than those he saves exclusively for this site>

  • Steven Goran Eriksson

    This is indeed very interesting. I’m sure Alex D raises a couple of good points about Matt helping out and the contacts his dad may have, but personally, and I know Matt won’t be happy with me saying this, I don’t think it is right either for Alex D to copy Matt’s articles or vice-versa.

    VJ – I don’t know what will happen. Matt has perviously been on moderation for some malicious comments, but I’m not sure if he has been in trouble for plaigarising articles before. I’m sure admin will do what he deems is suitable and necessary, but it would certainly be a great shame if Matt wasn’t allowed to continue writing.

    Next time I see Matt in person, possibly this coming Wednesday, I wil speak to him and find out what is really happening, and I’m confident that all is not as it looks, and that Matt will have been in the right to do what he has done.

  • Matt Jones

    WOW! I’ve just got up and seen all fo this 😮

    Tom, since you hated the site, like Steven said you have developed a nack for commenting! I never said I write exclusively for them, I said i often help people out by writing like 100 words or so, not like 2,000? Its a nice compliment to say they are written in a better style! Thanks!

    I’m not going to lie, I have been in the wrong and i agree it is literally copy and paste in some areas, and fair doo’s Ste for saying “I don’t think it is right either for Alex D to copy Matt’s articles or vice-versa.”. I can understand that and accept that so i apologise. I know a few people who work there, but all the snippets I write actually go through Alex so I am not sure why they get passed to. The ideas come and I write little bits 🙂

    Doubt prison looks likely though! Al is one of my Dad’s old school friends son! If they need proof I can get it!

    Sorry for the problems/confusion this has caused, i hope we can clear it all up.

    p.s Alex, i aprpeicate you trying to help me out, but tbh no one is going to believe it is you! Thanks anyway! I didnt know you looked on this site?!

  • I*T*P*L

    Really Matt I admire your cohones for pulling it off for so long, and I hope you can pull it off, but I feel an account deleted coming on.

  • I*T*P*L

    I mean sort it out the second time, not pull it off.

  • Alex D

    I hope he pulls it off too. Judging by what he has done for me and other guys and also his enw article, he has raw talent which people should admire.

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