City's Big Success Story
Following Manchester City is a rollercoaster ride full of ups, downs, twists and turns. Coaching team departures, new manager speculation, player departures, players coming in, a player arrest, agent talk, transfer kitty promises, takeover speculation, corruption charges and much "smoke and mirrors" (which we have now come to expect with City) have littered the last few weeks or so. No wonder a media frenzy surrounds City and it will probably continue like that for some time.
Away from the current media circus there is something to be very proud of, something that has underpinned a large part of City for some time now, something that is the envy of many, something that is a big success story; that something is the Manchester City Football Club Academy.
In previous articles we commented that "Our Club’s academy is one of the success stories producing more quality players than most academies in the land and that is a credit to our Club, Jim Cassell and his team." Where our Club would be without the academy no one knows but we could all have a good guess.
It is no secret that when our Club slipped into football's third tier Jim Cassell presented a fifty one page dosier outlining the faults of City's existing set-up and proposed a way forward with a new academy. David Bernstein backed Cassell's vision to the tune of £500,000 and almost nine years on, many feel that it was our Club's best investment.
It's always great to see positive stories about our Club none so then over the last few days. The Times started the week with a good story on Daniel Sturridge and today BBC Online ran a story on the academy whilst interviewing Ismael Miller in the process.
And finally, our Club confirmed that six youngsters had stepped off the Academy production line and signed professional contracts.