Sunday, February 18, 2007

Reebok Out Le Coq Sportif In?

Rumours have been circulating for some months now that Reebok are to be replaced as kit supplier when their contract runs out at the end of this season.

In today's Mail on Sunday, their reporter Bob Cass says "Following my revelation that Nike will be the kit suppliers at Aston Villa, another major change is on the cards at a top club. Manchester City are to end their association with Reebok and will switch from next season to French company Le Coq Sportif, who beat off a £2m bid from Puma."

The minutes from the Points of Blue meeting on 7 February 2007 with Alistair Mackintosh, Sara Billington and Paul Tyrell in attendance would indicate that a change is afoot. When asked about the kit situation the Club responded that the new deal was commercially sensitive.

We first wrote our views on the situation on 25 January 2007 and our article can be read in full here

We still feel that when the change of kit supplier comes it will give our Club a great opportunity to canvass supporter's views and opinions. In particular, supporters could be asked to put forward their designs for the next home shirt with the winning three designs chosen by an independent panel and put forward for inclusion in the choice of home shirts available which would then be voted on by the supporters. This process would ensure that our Club are keen to include the supporters in important decisions that affect them but perhaps even more important the first home shirt manufactured by the new kit supplier may become a sell-out/ commercial success. What a great way to start a new relationship.

11 Comments:

At 9:21 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man city chat forum Blueview has for some time been running topic on designs veriaty of good designs on the site title of thread is new kit for next season

 
At 9:30 pm, Anonymous European Dreamer said...

Le Coq Sportif? - Championship Kit if ever I saw one!

 
At 10:49 pm, Anonymous Nick said...

While I personally was hoping for a return to Umbro, I'm more than happy for Le coq Sportif to supply our kits if they produce good designs. In the past their designs have been historically sensitive, and hopefully this will be the case in their new designs. Hopefully better than the white-sleeved monstrosity we're wearing now!

 
At 11:12 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do the 'points of blue' meeting notes get published anywhere ? seems like the masons !!

 
At 12:22 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you seen it then Eurodreamer? What's it look like?

 
At 11:06 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoever makes the kit, please ensure the shorts are white & the sleeves blue!

 
At 11:13 am, Blogger Maroon601 said...

As long as the fans are successful in pressuring City into going back to either a maroon or red & black away kit, regardless of what the club might say about them not selling as well as the vast array of other colours worn in recent years...

 
At 11:17 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

is it only me that remembers the poor quality of the le coq kits from last time. They used to get pulls in the material right from after the first wash, I know because I worked at a supplier of these kits at the time and a worryingly high percentage were returned defected and quite rightly so. Why have we choose these muppets again

 
At 7:25 pm, Blogger William said...

I collect football shirts, and I have probably a dozen or so by Le Coq Sportif. I haven't noticed that they pull any more than any other brand. It's also important to remember that pretty much all brands have made strides in the last three or four years as far as the types of fabric they use for their football shirts. I have three Le Coq shirts from the last two years, and they are a fabric that is very comparable to something you'd find from Nike or Umbro.

From a design standpoint, I really don't mind them either. Sheffield United have some crap kits, but QPR, Hibernian, and Wolves have all looked pretty good in the last three years. Le Coq also kitted city in a black and red away shirt, a white with red and black sash shirt, and a claret and white away shirt. I'm pretty optimistic that their contributions will be better than some of the latest Reebok kits - especially the away shirts.

 
At 10:29 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Firstly, it would be interesting to see how our kit deal compares to that of other teams. £2M sounds a bit low to me in comparisson to other clubs....

Secondly, Le coq Sportif are third rate. If they didn't make City shirts a few years back then I'd have never owned a le coq sportif item in my life. I associate them with Wynstons and £5.99 trainers...

Thirdly, whilst I think it's a great idea, the suppoters will never get the opportunity to choose a kit 'design' if we use a major player. You look at the Reebok (Bolton, City WHU), Nike (Arse, Stretford), Addidas (Liverpool, Chelsea) kits and they are all generic. Same design, just different colours for the relevant teams. The board will have no leverage here.....

 
At 3:12 pm, Blogger julio jordio said...

Why is this decision shrowded in mystery? I personally am disgusted that we're going back to that rubbish.

 

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