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Will Man City continue their spending?

By Reuters Staff
July 31, 2009

How long is the spending spree at Manchester City going to last and what implications will it have, asks Phakamisa Ndzamela.

City’s new owner Sheikh Mansour stands among men with the biggest war chests in England.

They have spent millions signing players like Carlos Tevez, Emmanuel Adebayor, Roque Santa Cruz, Gareth Barry, Kolo Toure. The list goes on and the spending does not stop.

In a clear sign that purse strings are still loose, Everton rejected an improved 18 million pounds offer from City for defender Joleon Lescott, having turned down a 15 million bid two weeks ago.

For now the only thing that can stop the spending is when the transfer window closes next month.

Then what? Can the flurry of signings yield immediate results or will manager Mark Hughes be looking over his shoulder again after a lacklustre season?

PHOTO: Manchester City’s new signing Carlos Tevez and Roque Santa Cruz (L) shakes hands after a news conference at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi July 16, 2009. REUTERS/Mosab Omar

Comments

Why do all you’scibes’ mention instant success? Just because we are the richest club in the world , does thet mean success?Why do you expect it …it has to start somewhere!! But instant success…nah!As for Hughes well that is a much better question…I am not sure he is the person to take us there and if results are not going City’s way by Xmas then I think he is a goner.
Last season he seemed to have nothing in the way of a change of plan….and a lone striker all season at home? Does he or can he motivate? Also playing Richards at left -back what was he thinking? But then again Richards thinks he played well there! Astonishing he was truly rubbish.I think I would be happy if we are in the mix in the last couple of weeks for 4-5 th spot. O’neill at Villa and his comments….ludicrous even for ‘mind-games’ take some lessons Martin.I think if all goes well then we may be vying with the ‘Gunners’….. but I am never going to write off Mr. Wenger

Posted by Garry Robinson | Report as abusive
 

A lot of people compare City with what Chelsea were doing a few years ago when they started spending Abramovich’s millions. Even though they seem to be matching the quality of players, I believe the difference between the two are the coaches. Mourinho (not my favourite person) was a great manager, not sure if Mark Hughes is of the same calibre.

Posted by UTV | Report as abusive
 

although city does look impressive, especially with the recent acquisition of a defender, i doubt that mark hughes is looking to win the league this season as it is unrealistic. top 6 maybe.

even if hughes does bring european football, dont think it will be good enough. im sure through-out this season, we’ll read other managers linked with city and it will prove to be too much for hughes.

when roman abramovich came to chelsea, he gave claudio ranieri a blank cheque. chelsea came 2nd and was in the semi-finals of the champions league, he was sacked. the same could happen to hughes.

 

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