Writer: Mike Field
Date:Thursday May 20 2010
Manchester City have been told where to put their first offer for one our players. James Milner isn't Gareth Barry, he has burnt no bridges, he hasn't insulted the manager nor expressed his desire to leave. Poor (cough) Man City probably wish he had.
Truly in keeping with England's World Cup bid and the fact Capello has laid down the law concerning contracts and transfers ahead of our trip to South Africa, Manchester City listened to his words, and then in true greedy boy style ignored the spirit of his instructions and determined I've got more money than you so ferk off. We are a great club, the World Cup hasn't started yet so we are still being ethical!
Therefore after the disgraceful coverage on their official site (yes plastic council wearing fans can get upset again and ignore the fact it wasn't titled MEDIA SPECULATION - knock yourselves out....truly please do) and the leaks to the media over the past few weeks about Man City being interested in James Milner it comes as no surprise to find out they have actually made a bid.
£20 million pounds, yes the wannabee we can buy it Man Utd are taking the Mark Hughes. More importantly given the money they have spunked so far on players, £20m for Milner.
Do they value him that little? Ok there are reported add ons, taking it to £25m.
I'm not getting how that isn't an insult to the man who beat up Chuck Norris by simply saying hello.
£24m for Lescott, and they let Dunne go. God knows what on Robinho and he's gone back home. They have proved money talks (well done) and talent is nothing (which is why they finished after all their money 3 points ahead of us), maybe that's why the bid is so low? Maybe the owner of the play thing is annoyed they keep spunking money on average players, so now they have to pay below the odds for good players, instead well above them for let downs???
Anyway, let me be fair, City do have rights to chant my Council house is bigger than yours. I can see that playing a huge role in convincing anyone they plan to sign. The fact they also prove they have no history anymore, no class, and that any real fans who enjoyed the days of Flitcroft, White, Quinn etc when the Premiership wasn't about 'how much money does it take to be interested in me dear' should've by their own standards rebelled and make the new owners question their attitude.
It won't thought. And football is worse for it. It started with that Russian bloke, infact it started with Blackburn buying the league with Mary Poppins. At least back when Blackburn brought the league and pissed on ethics and football morality it was done by a man who cared about the club. Those trying to buy the league thesedays simply view it as a notch on a business bedpost. It should infuriate fans, but sadly it doesn't. They prefer to gloat and pretend fans of other clubs are simply jealous.
It won't last forever, but for all you Chelsea fans and City fans who saw your club go from nowhere....take pride when the game you purport to love ceases to exist.
If you support your owners actions you are supporting the death of the game and simply hastening the implosion we all know that is coming. Football will not survive when clubs are play things. Football will not survive when some clubs think they can simply bully others into selling their best players by means of a carefully orchestrated media campaign. Sadly the practice is still new and underused....once it becomes common place the game we all love is over.
Which brings me nicely after my rant, which I don't give a flying Lord Sugar over whether people agree or not - I'm right, you disagree you are wrong and blinded and living in the fatalistic belief that is ruining the world - Villa have rightly not told the classless club in Manchester to go forth and multiple, I wish they had. I would've preferred them to 'fax' back I hope your owner gets crabs, or Roberto look out there's a bus.
Our club has more class than I do.
Obviously our club has more class than City. But that probably applies to 85 other professional clubs in the country aswell.
The clubs response was as follows, and I quote from a statement on the Official Site:
'We have received an offer from Manchester City and this has been firmly rejected. We plan to sit down with James Milner and his representative after the World Cup to agree a new long term deal and this remains our position.'
Amen, spot on.
Given their official site likes to act as a shoddy fansite and sensationalise their own news, allow me on behalf of this site, which prides itself on not being sensational to break our own rules.
The headline for this piece should be:
'Ferk Off You Clueless Greedy Barstewards'.
Given City fans don't understand the difference between and headline and a sub header, allow me to add:
'Not Every Player or Club Will Automatically Whore Themselves To Your Money'.
Then again do I really need to comment?
Richard Dunne anyone? Promising Mark Hughes he'd be fine anyone? Sven 'the shagger' Eriksson anyone?
In one ear, out the other but as long as we make the right noises we are safe?
Or as City think as long as we offer the right money people will open their legs and say 'thrill me with your tickle stick'.
Milner has his price, everyone does.
£20m is not it. As an opening salvo it is both insulting to the club and the player.
It says everything about the 'buy the league yet finished 3 points ahead of us club' far better than I ever could.
I look forward to the City fans missing the point and attacking me, as soon as you do, you prove everything I have said right.
Date:Thursday May 20 2010
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