Newsletter #1745

As we get ready for the pre-season tour, the headlines are all about our finances and Tévez, both of which feature tonight.

Next Game: Club America, 5pm 16 July 2011 (pre-season tour)


I enjoyed reading Phil Banerjee’s extensive missive in MCIVTA 1744 … in particular the Bayern Munich and Boateng angle and the high state of disregard that club is held in by the majority of German football fans.

Before I retired I was lucky enough to work with some really nice people in Munich, this was way back in 2004, and when we sold the company to its management team we had a “bit of a do” and a some farewell speeches. The head man of the the German company told me that “Bayern Munich are the Manchester Yoonited of Germany and that is why nobody in Munich likes them… our favourite team here is called München 1860, they play in blue and white, they are the fans’ team and they are just like Manchester City”. Of course we have moved on a bit since then but what made it all the more interesting to me was that I had never discussed football with him before or since.

Regards to Blues everywhere.

Fred Bullock <frederick_bullock(at)>


With the season fast approaching all clubs will have to name twenty-five players to be their squad; under aged players do not have to be named. Some players have already been set aside by Roberto Mancini as players not wanted, leaving Adebayor furious because he has been left out of the American tour. All players know that there is only one place to show your skills and passion and that is on the field.

If City are to move the players on the “not wanted list”, they will probably have to lose some money, or keep paying them because of their contracts. On the subject of contracts, Carlos Tévez has a contract for the next three years with MCFC; if City fail to get the transfer fee that the club will be happy with, or an exchange player, Tévez will have to play for City. My main concern if that happens and Tévez is forced to play for City is that Tévez might not give his best; I look back at last season’s form by Tévez and it was fantastic before his Christmas transfer request but once refused, his goal scoring for City went down, and his form was not quite as good.

There is no doubt that Carlos Tévez is and can be a brilliant player when he wants to be, and his work rate top notch! A happy player is always a better player; would it be wise to keep a player against his wishes? I don’t think that there are many City fans that want to see Carlos Tévez go; I think a lot of what is happening with him is generated by his agent Kia Joorabchian who of course gets a cut from every new contract! I of course would love Tévez to stay, but only if he is willing to give 100% to his playing style and to City!

Good luck to City on the North American tour; let’s have some wins this time (nice way to travel).

Ernie Barrow <britcityblue(at)>


Am I missing something here? City had a deficit of £100+ million last year and will have a similar deficit this year. Surely these sums are being used to construct a squad of young world class players and a world class coaching team? When this squad building is complete, future seasons will only require the normal tweaking i.e. the odd player or two being replaced. I believe that UEFA rules come into play in 2013, by which time major spending on players will be complete. Why all the frenzy by the media concerning City’s current spending?

Gary Osman <gary.osman(at)>


So far I’ve come up with:

I DEATH de jong?
A EDITH we all had one, or not.
TH’IDEA (we are northern after all).
ID THEA probably means something in Latin.

My favourite though… HEAD IT!

I’m here all week folks.

P.S. Looking forward to th’game week Saturday. I’ll get to my Yahoo account – promise – and reply to e-mails.

Andy Johnson <Fastandy(at)>

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