Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Impressive stuff from the chairman!

Today has seen our chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak talk about how a top six finish is required next season, he has also talked about the fans, the academy and the vision for the club.

He seems to be right on the ball and know exactly what the club needs to improve, it is refreshing when you hear the men in charge talk such sense. I was impressed with what he has said and it fills me optimism that with these people in charge we will be successful, have a read for yourself.....

On the subject of the fans and our importance Khaldoon Al Mubarak said......

"The fans are the heart and soul of this club - we have some great fans, that's one of the gems at this club and one of the things that I have found most satisfying.

"They have stuck with the club through hard times and good times. There have been hard times this year and I appreciated their support. It will be rewarded in the years to come.

"I'll never forget the Hamburg game, that was an incredible showing by our fans. We gave our hearts out to the players that night. It leaves a hunger to go back. We want that again, and I think we'll get it."

"I always knew this was going to be a difficult season, there were no illusions in my mind. It was even more difficult than I had anticipated, but I never thought it was going to be a walk in the park.

"There were high expectations but the reality is that this was a club that was eighth in the table. I'm proud because it was very clear in my mind what needed to be done, and we've done it.

"We said we would have a first season of learning and building on and off the field, and that is what we have done. We said we would build a club for the future, and we have done that.

"We said we would build and invest in the management side of the company, and we have done that, and we said we would stick with the manager, and we have done that too.

"We also said we were going to bring in as much quality as we could on the playing side in January, and we did that with Shay Given, Wayne Bridge, Nigel de Jong and Craig Bellamy."

On the subject of where the club needs to be Khaldoon Al Mubarak said......

"I think a reasonable target next season is the top six.

"I think people see me as a reasonable and realistic man, and I think given what we have done this year and the ambitions we have this summer, a top-six finish next year should be a reasonable and achievable target.

"There will be money for new players this off-season. The areas in which the team needs us to invest are clear. We need more depth and to fill the weaker areas within the squad and plans are already advanced.

"I have been talking to Garry and Mark for weeks now. We are pretty clear on what we want, and I am clear on what Mark has identified as the areas that need to be supported, and we will step up.

"We all know we are not going to splash money around, because that model, that formula, doesn't work. You're not going to buy 22 new players and then the next year you win the Premier League.

"It needs to be done sustainably, with quality management, quality infra-structure and a quality manager by the pitch. That's what we are doing. The players will come, and the results will come."

"We will not forget the Academy. It is key to our discussions. We have to be able to create that nice balance between a quality, strong first team with depth but at the same time retain the ability to bring in young, talented individuals.

"We have all seen what they (Ireland and Onuoha) have done since getting in the side. They have had fantastic seasons and there are more within the Academy. We need a good platform to bring the young lads into the team.

"Garry has done a wonderful job bringing in some incredible talent that will help take us forward. We have grown a lot as a team, and Mark has grown too. The foundations are in place for a very strong second season."

Surely what he has had to say fills us blues with hope?, I know it has given me a sense of relief, it is clear our club is in good hands.


  1. Hear, Hear...looking very much to the team building on this year next season.

    i just hope that now we know Hughes will be in charge next year that the fans start to give him a bit of a break so we can see what we can do.

  2. Lets just see what the press say about these coments. With all the negative press the club has had this season they will try and twist it some how i'm sure of it.

  3. Lets just hope a couple of world class strikers are in the pot of money. Hughes needs to work hard with the strike force at city as i feel this is whats letting us down at the moment. Midfield seem to be scoring the goals. A good thinning of the dross we have at the club and quality arriving please

  4. appalled City fan19 May 2009 at 14:58

    I doubt world class strikers are remotely interested in coming to a club who have as an ambition finishing sixth in what is a poor league outside of the top 4. I see we have given up on bridging the gap with the best and lowered our expectations inline with the limitations of our manager. I bet the top 4 especially Arsenal are breathing a sigh of relief.

  5. Wow I get the feeling of over expectation here.

    When they say top six, that is a minimum guide line. I also think that if we were to get in the top six next season it would show huge progression.

    Some City fans are expecting way way to much.

  6. Appalled City Fan.. You are an idiot

  7. Well I would have said unrealistic..... lol

  8. appalled City fan19 May 2009 at 17:35

    An idiot? I think reducing a reasoned opinion in an open debate to personal insults is hardly an example of intelligence is it Mr Anonymous.

  9. How do you know they have lowered their expectations, not once has the club come out and said next season we want to be in the top four. The best thing for this club is steady progression.

  10. appalled City fan19 May 2009 at 17:48

    Stephen, Gary Cook gave an interview after the Tottenham game. If you go on Newsnow you can still see it all reprinted quite a few times and commented on in various publications for that date. It was part of the interview when he was saying it was not all bad being out of europe next year...

  11. I agree Stephen, I also agree with you appalled City fan no need for personal insults.

    Every opinion is welcomed here and up for debate.

  12. I also think it could turn out to be a blessing not being Europe next season. Will have a season to concentrate on the league push for the top six or even higher and have a good cup run.

    Bring on the new season

    25/1 to win the league next season 5th favourite never seen City with odds that short before.

  13. Yeah thats a good way to look at things Stephen.

    I didn't want to go down the it may benefit us not to be in Europe route because it is something that losers say, although in our case it is very true.