The Citizens have broken the hearts of several supporters over the years, with the team’s fortunes fluctuating between bad, really bad and truly terrible. Indeed, it wasn’t so long ago that they were playing in League 1, although they are now back in the top flight and drawing criticism for the way they’re trying to fling their new-found wealth about.
The Guardian reports that their latest critic is none other than Stale Solbakken, who happens to be the coach of FC Copenhagen, the Danish team who face Manchester City in the UEFA Cup this week. He’s clearly not impressed by ‘the world’s richest club’ and their attempts to hastily assemble a world-beating side, laying into them for ‘destroying football’ no less.
“The amounts of money that have been mentioned are incredible,” Solbakken told Ekstra-Bladet. “I think that such incredible sums will take part in destroying football. They are creating too big a mental distance between what we call reality and then Manchester City.
“The hardest part for City is that they, by tradition, are not a big football club and therefore all the money in the world does not make a difference for them,” Solbakken said. “They brought in Wayne Bridge even though he is only marginally better than what they had already and that says how hard it is to get the best players even though you have lots of money.”
Many might argue that Manchester City are the same as Chelsea were a few seasons ago. The Blues went from being a mid-table team to Premier League champions, although there now appears to be division in the ranks at Stamford Bridge, something which might cause them to miss out on silverware again. Do City supporters agree that their new owners are going about things in the wrong way, or are they right to try and land more star talent for the club, no matter what the price?