They always say that to move into the future you sometimes have to forget your checkered past. Manchester City would probably agree with that statement as they did just that by letting go of a bit of history that needed to be buried.
Manchester City have closed their Thailand operations following former owner and ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s sale of the club, ending City’s ambitious plan to become “Asia’s Premier League team”. Jimmy Heosontaty, City’s former representative in Thailand, said a plan for an academy had been abandoned and the club’s merchandise shop, launched to great fanfare last year, had closed due to a lack of interest.
“We saw no point in carrying on after the [Shinawatra] family sold their share,” said Heosontaty today. “City still have fans here, but there’s not a lot of interest any more.” (Guardian)
Asia’s Premier League team doesn’t sound right when you have a Shiekh as your new boss! City have all but ended their ties with their former owner and look intent on moving forward under a new umbrella that included a load of cash and hopefully some new players.