I can not help but wonder if the heart of Manchester City is disappearing. Not down to, as many would think, the foreign ownership and global expansion of the clubs brand. But instead from the fans themselves.
Manchester City was always regarded as a family club, with fans that stuck together through thick and thin. Regardless of division or opponent, the fans would be there to support the team. Success, however, seems to be taking that togetherness away.
From the days of away trips to York City and Wycombe in the third tier of English football to battling it out each season for major honours, the club have come an incredible distance in such a short period of time, but along the way it would seem that success has got to some fans heads.
Back in time
If you would have asked any City fan a few years ago about sacking a manager who had a team second in the league and won the club a double the previous season they would quite righty laughed at that club and their fans a like for taking such measures, unfortunately that mentality it creeping in amongst some members of the blue faithful.
Manchester City have not hit the highs of last season, performances have simply not reached the standard set by a free flowing and free scoring City. Despite this they have found themselves in a similar position to last season, after 26 games their is only a 2 point difference to last term and once again the club find themselves in the knock out stages of the Champions League against Barcelona.
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Chelsea have improved without a doubt this season, they made some very good additions to an already impressive squad with the signing of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas proving to be very influential in Jose Mourinho's quest for the title.
The same could not be said for City, summer signings Fernando and Mangala who have failed to impress and improve the squad so far which is another reason why fans are lying the blame at the feet of manager Manuel Pellegrini.
The Chilean has not been without his restrictions this season, thanks to the limits imposed by UEFA. Players who could very well have been lined up to add much needed depth to the blues squad were no longer on the table and cheaper alternatives had to be found. Add to that a string of injuries to key men and players the boss can normally rely on under performing it really isn't a surprise that the blue half of Manchester are struggling to live up to the expectations set by the success of last season.
A dose of reality seems to be in order for this growing section of fans and a need to look at the bigger picture, instead of calling for the axe to be wielded like a grumpy Henry VIll every time the team does not perform at the standards they expect. That attitude is not what we associate with City fans and one that needs to be stamped out.
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