Wednesday, May 16, 2007

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.


At 9:16 pm, Blogger brian prendergast said...

one of the main reasons ( in my opinion)why our academy as been succesfull over the last few years is due to the fact we have not had the money to buy quality players ,any money we did spend was on players who were injury prone,to old,could not be bothered or just total we had no option but to give the academy lads a try...throwing some of them in at the deep end..gaining them confidence,experience and stenghths earlier than is not just over the last few years we have had a good youth set up..we always had one but players have been released to easily without being given the chance ,some going to lower league clubs and being sold on for millions .

At 9:40 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

which is why we need to do everything we can to attract van Gall to Ciry - he believes in youth and has a track recore of bringin young players through

Macca - Still in work at 21.40


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