Monday, April 16, 2007

New Kit Suppliers Confirmed

It would appear that JJB Sports have pipped Manchester City Football Club to the post in confirming the new kit supplier. JJB Sports recently confirmed on their website when next season's replica kits will be available in their stores, and at the same time confirmed the kit supplier for City as a return to Le Coq Sportif. JJB Sports' schedule can be read here

Hopefully JJB Sports' announcement will not affect our Club's PR campaign around the new kit supplier, nor indeed harm the start of a business relationship before it has begun!

Over the last few months we ran a number of articles suggesting that a great opportunity lay ahead for our Club to engage with supporters when the change of kit supplier happened by canvassing their views and opinions. In particular, we felt that 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 their supporters in important decisions that affect them but perhaps even more importantly the first home shirt manufactured by the new kit supplier may become a sell-out/ commercial success.

It seems that such a great initiative to start a new relationship has fallen on deaf ears.

25 Comments:

At 7:03 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

how many new kits have we had in the past 5-6 years?
i actually liked all the reebok designs (that yellow thing aside...) material and everything was like a proper football shirt!
just hope we dont get anything illuminous again...

 
At 9:18 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wrote to the club about future shirt designs when they were asking for ways to mark the move from Maine Road, suggesting that they should look at finding some way in which a player's shirt could show how many seasons they'd been at the club, if nothing else it would remind a player before and during a game how much they'd given to the club. As I'd always thought of Maine Road as the heart of Manchester and because most supporters would have players wear their hearts on their sleeves when they were playing for us, I suggested that players could be issued with a blue heart-shaped badge for each new season they were with us, to be worn on the sleeve or on the hem. If the club wanted to they could give the same badge to season ticket holders at the start of each new season, and if necessary sell them in the shop as well. Alright, it was a while ago and the heart idea wasn't up to much, but I'd still like to see City start a tradition of having player's shirts in some way show how much of their career that player had given to the club, even with today's players I'm sure it would be something many of them would take pride in.

 
At 9:35 pm, Blogger brian prendergast said...

the last time we had le coq spotif as our kit supplier they had big problems getting the kits ready for the launch..some sizes were not available and the club shop run out quick of other sizes...i got mine 3 days later, my kids waiting about 2 weeks before theirs came in ???? i hope someone in our (in)competence department as been assured this wont happen again with the new deal ??? also is the club store going to reduce the prices of the new shirts or are we going to be ripped off again ...j.j.b and sports soccer shops charge £30 adult...£25 junior..why cant we ???

 
At 10:36 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it just me that is seriously under whelmed by the thought of another deal with Le Coq. Maybe it's just my view but they aren't exactly up there with adidas (how many top clubs actually have their kits supplied by them). I wait with interest for the club to make a big deal of how much it's worth, my guess about £1.5m to £2.0m over three years, absoulute peanuts compared to the deals negotiated by Villa and Spurs.

 
At 10:38 pm, Blogger DaveMc said...

I can't believe we are with le 'pile of cock' sportif again next season. That means next seasons shirt will be crap and so will the gear in the City store. We should have gone with Reebok or Puma who are actually decent, modern brands!

 
At 10:46 pm, Anonymous Matt Stockport said...

Our esteemed leader Mackintosh keeps going on about brands and consumers then signs our Club up with one of the worst kit suppliers in history. I remember buying my le Coq home shirt only for it to fray first time in the wash...the quality was non-existent. If Mackintosh and the rest of the board have serious designs on portraying City as a quality club and a quality proposition to new fans, new sponsors and potential investors who in their right mind would get that impression from Le Coq? I bet we have gone for the kit supplier who pays the most cash up front and not looked at the wider picture. If we truly do feel we are one of the best or want to be one of the best then why haven't we signed up with Adidas or another truly world renowned name? Amateurs bleeding amateurs.

 
At 11:27 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You all seem keen to happily disgruntled by anything City do.
Concerning the new kit and LCS, I can assure you, that the new LCS is not the one we have known from 2001-2003. The name remains the same but the company has seen dramatic changes. It is ambitious, innovative and if you google Le Coq Sportif, you'll find their new website and you'll see...
Please trust the Club. The LCS deal is much better than the Rbk one. And at least half a million pounds better than any umbro deal.

Be patient.

 
At 11:47 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon at 11.27pm. Are you an employee of le Coq Sportif or something? I checked out their website and most of it appears to be under construction. Did like the music though...sounds like Mogwai or Arab Strap.

 
At 2:17 am, Anonymous Nick said...

Anon at 11.27, are you Alistair McKintosh by any chance? I'll accept what you say about the changes made to Le coq Sportif, I've heard many people say the same. I'll reserve judgement on them until I see the new kits, because let's face it, they couldn't possibly be any worse than the rubbish we are currently wearing!

 
At 5:09 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sheffield United are LCS and their kits and merchandise are of very low quality.

Here are the kits that Adidas are rumoured to have offered

http://img479.imageshack.us/my.php?image=mancityfp5le1.png

 
At 7:18 am, Anonymous r schofield said...

they will b using leftover material from werder bremen or some french 2nd div side why the flourecent yellow anyway? it was leftovers from strangeways away kit lets go milan sky blue and black stripes at home red and black stripes away and for the 3rd strip all white stripes so samaras may show up

 
At 7:32 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought I was on my own thinking that going back to LCS is a mistake, clearly not. I agree with others on here, they will surely sell more Adidas or Puma merchandise than they will LCS, both of whom associate themselves with high profile clubs. The shirts currently produced by Adidas as an example are certainly classier in my opinion than anything done by LCS and as MCFC fans have always had a discerning eye for brands and trends, I think the club have again demonstrated how distant they are from the fanbase and looked at the immediate cash-in-the-bank.

 
At 9:49 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

low grade shite= le coq sportif

- reebok store to be renamed 'coq shop'. Hibs, QPR, Sheff all have le coq and their kits look like ametuer side kits that you buy in bulk, not suitable for a prem league team. this back's up the lack of ambition at our club, going for the cheap option

 
At 10:13 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately it comes down to the other brands not being interested and LCS being the only brand prepared to pay what City wanted.

 
At 1:03 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've just seen the proposed kit from adidsa and if that is was where not choosing then the new one had better be something really special.

However knowing our Luck it will be anything but!

 
At 1:14 pm, Blogger fac51 said...

What a bunch of incompetents running our club. They would have shifted 1000's of the adias ones. Now we'll sell a lot less with LCS. This stacks up with us having the 6th best support yet the 4th lowest sponsorship deal. How does that work out?

 
At 1:20 pm, Anonymous Paul Hilton said...

Oh my god. Those kits proposed by Addidas (if true of course) would be the best City kits since the move away from Umbro...by a long way!! The accessories and training equipment Addidas produce is pure quality and would look great with the City badge on them. I think we may have missed out big time here. Addidas merchandise would have flown off the shelves!

 
At 1:23 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:09 AM, Anonymous

Impossible these kits have been put forward by Adidas for City.
The first one is based on the Marseille away shirt from this season, which they will change for 2007-2008. The away one is from last year's template.
And Adidas will issue new templates for 2007-2008.
More info on this : http://eplleague.blogspot.com/search/label/adidas

There you go.
A good rumour is more entertaining than a well-researched information....

 
At 1:56 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

After looking at the designs offered by Adidas I'm sure the board will go for a more 'innovative' colour scheme! We would sell more if a) the club consulted with the fans regarding the design and b) got rid of the ridiculous 'modern' badge and revert back to the original. The three stars makes the club look like complete idiots. I seem to remember some PR which mentioned it was meant to give the badge a "continental feel". Utter rubbish, lets start a campaign to bring the original badge back!!

 
At 2:34 pm, Blogger William said...

First and foremost, adidas never offered those kits. They were photoshopped versions of Marseille and AC MIlan kits that a fan mocked-up.

Secondly, I am getting tired of people saying that the club "should have gone with" adidas, umbro, puma, nike or anyone else. It's not as if every team has a nice little pool of companies to choose from. The club chooses from options that are willing to pay to outfit the team on the field. Adidas, with the exception of Newcastle who signed a long-term deal years ago, only deal with clubs that are going to very possibly display their product in the European competitions. We aren't there. That's the stark reality of it. When we get there, the deals may start to pile in. Until then, look at it this way: no company cared more about kitting City than Le Coq. No one else was willing to pay the money they were. That, I guess, is how highly the other companies think of our club.

And for everyone that thinks that the quality of the shirts is so greatly different from company to company - I fear you've been had by some very good branding. I have a contact in Indonesia, and it seems that many football shirts, across brands, are made by the same hands. The clubs design, and they may develop fabrics, but they're assembled with the same machines, the same hands, and by the same people. If the new kits are ugly, I'll not apologize for them. It's just ridiculous to whinge about something that no one has seen yet, simply because we know it will include the Le Coq Sportif logo.

 
At 7:29 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Strange though how when we were in Europe the best the club could get was a small time deal from Thomas Cook. I know they're a big brand but a much bigger offer could have been achived at that time.

 
At 12:17 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

William - It's right to back the club but only when they're right. LCS have proved on more than one occassion that they cannot design modern kits to compare with the likes of the Puma's, Adidas & Nike. The reference to the quality of Adidas's football merchandise and accessories as an example, is where we will lose in the long run.

I heard, and the press reported, that there wasn't much between the bids from Puma and LCS - whose trainers would you buy?

 
At 11:03 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a RBK get the act together and get us out a very nice home shirt this year, we go to LCS? I doubt the deals are very different...my sunday league team will look better than City next year.

 
At 10:56 pm, Anonymous Wythy Blue said...

le coq sprotif - the sporting cock - the laughing stock....

As has been said LCS don't exactley show us as a 'top' club. Its the merchandise that makes money and although i'm no fan of reebok they are a much more reputable brand than LCS these days.

I disagree with the argument that the big makers only go for clubs playing in European competitions - look at Southend (Nike), Bristol C (Puma) and Derby (who'll be wearing Adidas next season).

I don't buy kits but it doesn't make sense on the commercial and revenue front.

Saying that a second rate maker is all some of our squad are fit to wear.

 
At 7:10 pm, Blogger Uwe's grandad said...

http://www.football-shirts.co.uk/fans/133

Here it is boys. CRAP!!!

 

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