No one now seems like Manchester City & # 39; the biggest and the best & # 39; is
- Nobody now laughed at Manchester City dominating English football
- Former City Attorney Garry Cook was laughed off nine years ago
- Pep Guardiola is a visionary, and gets huge improvements from players
It was nine years ago when & # 39; Garry Cook, the former chief executive of Manchester City, entered the & # 39; s club of & # 39; e New York supporters fell for a pint.
& # 39; The biggest and best football club in & # 39; e world, & # 39; he presides. And the world laughed its head off. That Cook spoke of & # 39; the Mad Hatter Saloon only added to & # 39; a cheerfulness.
The New York contingent is now drinking in a new and larger location – Amity Hall. And no one outside his environment laughs. Certainly not the rivals who saw Manchester City as a bumptious parvenus, and Cook's boss is like the words of a fool.
No one is laughing at Manchester City's dominance of the domestic game
The claims of Garry Cook, the former chief executive of & # 39; club, that Manchester City & # 39; the biggest and best football club in the & # 39; world would become & # 39; were laughing.
Cook is long gone, but he knew from the beginning what City was about. He knew who he was working for and he knew the ambition and resources behind the club. And while City underestimated competition, Cook did not.
The club's increasingly pronounced response to UEFA's investigation of financial fair play is based on the belief that it is part of a campaign against it orchestrated by members of & # 39; a Premier League elite, especially Manchester United.
If so, it's a campaign that doesn't work. An easy timeless leak of UEFA's intention to load Manchester City, and ban them from Europe, resets the news agenda within 24 hours of their title win.
Pep Guardiola is a visionary coach, and receives extraordinary improvements from his players
After completing & # 39; s first domestic treble win, Pep Guardiola was as good as asked in his press conference if he was in shock, receiving illegal payments.
And all to & # 39; the owners of & # 39; the city the crazy keepers of & # 39; were not popular imagery.
No one was enriched in their oil money from & # 39; s competition when & # 39; failed to entice Kaka to Manchester, or the & # 39; a Champions League football courtesy of Harry Redknapp & # 39; s Tottenham by Harry and a Peter Crouch goal. That was Cook & # 39; s City; that was 2010.
At Wembley on Saturday we saw what that club became. A record of 116 years matched; a reach mark; the standards for excellence are set, the bars that are raised.
Other clubs also have significant amounts, but may not be as sensible as City
City have no defender as expensive as Virgil van Dijk, a midfielder as precious as Paul Pogba, even a striker in the range of what Arsenal paid for Alexandre Lacazette. So don't be crazy. Other clubs also exist – but maybe not as sensible.
Guardiola is also a visionary coach, and receives extraordinary improvements from his players. That is equally important.
The protectionist FFP rules, meanwhile, have always worked to keep the established elite in place. Back in 2010, they thought they were untouchable, but that the satisfaction has remained. Never forget the clubs that did not make football in the first place about money.
What they really hate is that City wins at their game.