The Manchester City supporters who left the Etihad Stadium early on Sunday and chose to ignore giving their team a thank you for their season's hard work and more importantly, a memorable send off for Manuel Pellegrini should be feeling pretty guilty this week.
Surely no one can deny players like Joe Hart, Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne, Vincent Kompany and even Yaya Toure have not given their all for the cause this season. There have been many spectacular performances on the way to winning the Capital Cup and reaching a Champions League semi-final spot - not a bad season by any stretch of the imagination. One which other supporters of unfashionable clubs could only dream of.
As for Manuel Pellegrini, he did win them a Premier League title (2013/14) at the first attempt and his team scored 102 goals in the process, winning their last five fixtures at a canter. He took them to the brink of a Champions League final - yet another first. Despite all this, their supporters turned their back on him as he bid farewell. What kind of message will this send to Pep Guardiola?
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Well, one thing is certain, he better deliver the goods and quick.
Of course, football supporters pay their hard earned money for tickets and have every right to have their say or make their point but their performance on Sunday marked a watershed moment for Manchester City. It seems the whole outlook of the club has now changed and the demand for instant success has banished a proud heritage the club once had.
Where are those supporters that cheered their team on come rain and shine at Maine Road. Those supporters that stood by their team even after relegation and season after season of mediocrity. The 30,000+ City fans that turned out to watch them play Stockport County (2001/02) in the First Division. The days of players like Stuart Pearce, Shaun Goater, Richard Dunne and Alan Oakes to name but a few.
Many thought Arsenal's supporters were wrong for staging the protests against Arsene Wenger recently but in the end, the vast majority of fans didn't agree and it turned out to be a non-event. Be careful what you wish for would be my motto.
There have been some amazing scenes watching football, high drama and bitter disappointment this season, but the sight of a successful and exciting team taking a lap of honour around a stadium two-thirds empty was certainly a low point. The classic footie chant “We’ll support you evermore” needs to have a proviso for Manchester City - “providing you win - everything”
Pep must be wondering what kind of club he is taking on.
It won't be kind given what happened on Sunday.
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