As Manchester City come to terms with the reality of losing the Premier League, wrong solutions are been offered as a remedy for their failings.
Roberto Mancini is opting for another striker and more spending. The question is: is that really going to make significant difference?
I doubt it very much. It seems Mancini easily forgets he has the best squad in the league: his team should be at par with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
The first thing City needs to do is fire their Italian manager. I understand the argument that he has won the FA Cup and league title, but they won the title on goal difference, and although I give him credit for that, they were massively lucky.
Mancini is a good manager but not a great one.
After firing Mancini, Manchester City should hire a shrewd manager with a long-term plan, who could bring stability.
Stability is key if the Citizens want to be a great force in English football. Take a good look at the setup at Manchester United, surely the stability Sir Alex Ferguson has brought the Red Devils over the last 26 years is the greatest advantage United has over their closest rivals.
Comparing United, City and Chelsea players - pound-for-pound - United will come up short. Yes, spending more money might win you league, but that trophy could come every three or four years. Look at Chelsea: they win the league intermittently even though they spend well beyond Manchester United.
Chelsea spend a lot of money but are not as stable as they should be, hence the inconsistency. At Chelsea every manager comes up with his ideas and plans therefore requiring players to change and adapt to his methods quickly, and that upsets rhythm.
If Manchester City are not careful they will become another Chelsea. A good but not great team after spending huge sums of cash summer after summer.
After getting a relatively young and new manager, our beloved Abu Dhabi sheiks should build a robust youth system with great facilities that will nurture young talent, because if there are any lessons we learned from Fergie’s Fledglings and La Masia it's that bringing a young group of talented players can be very rewarding.
They understand each other on and off the pitch very well, their team spirit is unshakable. So Manchester City need to look into this aspect of the game instead of just pouring cash at any lacklustre season, except if they are contented with winning league titles every three or four seasons.
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