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Why Man City Are Becoming The Most Hated Team In The Premier League

It seems like eons again now that Manchester City became the richest club in the world. It took the entire league by complete surprise when, on the final day of the 2008 summer transfer window, the club was purchased by the Abu Dhabi United group. That…

It seems like eons again now that Manchester City became the richest club in the world. It took the entire league by complete surprise when, on the final day of the 2008 summer transfer window, the club was purchased by the Abu Dhabi United group. That same day saw the club sign Robinho from Real Madrid for a then record £32.5m.

That signing was an indicator of things to come from the new owners of City. With Premiership and Champions League glory the goal for the club now, it was hard for fans not to be envious of the clubs new found wealth. Here was a side that had gone from mid-table mediocrity and have now reached the promised land of the Champions League.

However, it is a known fact that an incoming sugar daddy alienates a club from the rest of the Premiership. The same happened with Chelsea and is now happening to City. Is it jealousy? Perhaps, find me one fan who wouldn’t want their team to become the richest over night and I’ll find you a fan that’s lying.

City fans must have been dreaming when the news reached their ears that they were to become the richest team in the world. The inevitable recruitment drive soon followed. Robinho was certainly not the last high profile player to join the Citizens and the likes of Yaya Toure, Carlos Tevez and Vincent Kompany soon followed suit.

Yet for every Tevez was also a Mario Balotelli, for every Kompany, an Alexander Kolorov. But with the money that the club had, every poor signing was merely a pocket change blip for the club. However, with the likes of Balotelli and Emmanuel Adebayor on the books, it was hardly going to be a match made in heaven with the players, fans and the club.

Balotelli was in the media for all the wrong reasons rather than right, Adebayor caused a major storm which Arsenal fans will famously remember as the club began to find themselves hitting the back pages for all the wrong reasons. It led to a lot of negativity from fans of rival Premier League sides, a negative vibe that continues even to this day.

But fellow professionals and managers weren’t drawn in to condemning the Blues for their escapades until their 0-0 draw with Arsenal back in January. It what was considered a dull affair, the Eastland’s side felt the full wrath of the press for their display, considered by some to be too defensive for a team that possesses flair in abundance.

That game saw managers and player’s alike stand up and take notice of the side City were becoming. Manager Roberto Mancini has his team playing the Italian much to the dislike of all those associated with the English game. Yet, they finished third which, credit when credit is due, is a fantastic achievement for the club.

Yet while the season may be creeping back into the heads of fans, the criticising of City didn’t slow during the off season. The main reason for the hating? City’s £400m acceptance from Etihad to rename the City of Manchester stadium. A huge coincidence considering the Financial Fair Play quotas that recently came in effect.

The likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have all called for the deal to be investigated by UEFA who feel that, while the deal is within the rules and regulations, they believe that the legality of the deal needs to be looked into. The reasoning? Etihad is owned by the same Bin Zayed family that owns Manchester City.

Another key factor in this is that Etihad have never declared a profit in their history which, effectively, sees City giving themselves the money, something which UEFA strictly prohibits in the guidelines for FFP. The footballing association are set to investigate the deal and, should City be found guilty of any wrong-doing, could see the deal pulled at the club, potentially, banned from participating in European competitions until the matter is sorted.

Mancini then took it upon himself to publicly declare his interest for want-away Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri. Naturally, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was pretty pissed about it saying the Italian has disrespected his club. Mancini felt he did nothing wrong but going to the media regarding a potential move for Nasri.

It is a difficult situation to deal with for Wenger. He hopes to convince Nasri to stay but he has already lost Gael Clichy to City and is having to deal with constant speculation linking the French international and captain Cesc Fabregas with moves away from the Emirates. The latest fiasco will do little to improve relations between the two sides.

Either way, Mancini’s outburst and the Etihad deal hasn’t put the club in a positive light. Fans of rivals clubs criticise them for buying their success and now the clubs themselves are beginning to see them in a whole new way after this summer.

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78 Comments

78 Comments

  1. Stevie

    July 21, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Pointless article – and who cares whether they’re hated or not. Arsenal hate Tottenham, City hate United, Newcastle hate Sunderland. If any team becomes mega-rich they become hated so it’s not even worth writing about, because it was so obviously always going to happen. You should think about writing something original and interesting rather than wasting your time regurgitating this stuff

  2. Paul London

    July 21, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Just goes to prove that money doesn’t buy you class.

    • chris B

      July 21, 2011 at 1:21 pm

      your right… city had class way before the money arrived

      • Ben

        July 21, 2011 at 1:53 pm

        yeah lower class!!

  3. bluemoon70

    July 21, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I think you meant “Most Envied Team”.

    • unitedforlife.

      July 21, 2011 at 12:55 pm

      Can’t Envie a team that spends 200million and only wins 1 FA cup.

      • Goatfacekillah

        July 21, 2011 at 1:53 pm

        Yes because success is always overnight isn’t it.

        And it’s envy.

  4. essexian76

    July 21, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Here we go same old same as, if there’s nothing about, write crap like this. Who really cares, eh? You choose your club and stick by it, you have no say in who buys it or who sells, whether it moves or stays, other than that your point is?

  5. Bill

    July 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Is Stevie says a City supporter by any chance?

    • fg

      July 21, 2011 at 1:31 pm

      lol stevie says

  6. ziggy

    July 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    City will become most hated team when the carry out their strategy of buying all decent players available so other clubs can’t and stifling premiership for good.

  7. LFCEVO

    July 21, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I don’t hate Man City for having money due to the fact that they are still crap, all those players and people expect to take something off of them when they play, a bunch of Prima donne who cant come together as a team. So hate and Envy ? Not a bit, Pity for having all the gear and no idea

    • chris B

      July 21, 2011 at 1:18 pm

      Man City crap ?
      Fa Cup win and joint 2nd in the prem, and champs league for the following season.

      What’s Liverpool up to pal ?

      • Ben

        July 21, 2011 at 1:56 pm

        @ Chris B – ask the Liverpool question nwhen you’e actually won the CL and a few PL!!!

    • Tom Merlin

      July 21, 2011 at 1:24 pm

      As those famous man city supporters “Doves” sang.. there goes the fear… again.

  8. Tray

    July 21, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Jealousy is rearing its ugly head. Theres not a team in the world that wouldn’t buy the best if they had the money.no one went on when chelsea suddenly had money and starting spending millions to win.get over it for gods sake, man u, chelsea etc have bin buying there cups for years.it time to move over and let someone enjoy success

  9. Lee

    July 21, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Lfcevo another dumb arse Liverpool fan, still crap are we, have u looked at ur club recently ur pathetic, u shud be worried u get 1 half decent player like Suarez and all jump on the bandwagon, are reserves would walk into ur first team so get a grip, no top teams give a crap about Liverpool anymore all u have is history with no prospects at all

  10. Brian Cummings

    July 21, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    What utter tosh! If they are hated, it is sheer jealousy. The truth is that City are reflecting the way Barca and Real run thier clubs. But without the Spanish Govenrment and the huge social structure that is part of Barca. A lot of the money being brought in by Etihad will re-generate a badly disenfranchised area of Manchester and the new training and medical facilities will generate cash for the club. Any club in the premiership could have gone down the road city are taking, but in the past the wealthy clubs in the prem have decided to pay thier riches out to its shareholders in dividends. City fans have supported both the team and the community for years, even though the club floundered. In the old Division 2 (Third Tier) every ground in the league recorded record attendence when Man City visited, which is testament to the loyalty of the clubs fans. Hate if you must, but don’t kid yourself that Man City are doing anything other than being philanthropic, that hasn’t been practised in good style by the so-called top clubs in the league.

    • Mark Munro

      July 21, 2011 at 1:13 pm

      I have got news for you and it is all bad. From the 2012 / 2013 season any club not making a profit will not be allowed to participate in Champions league or Europe Cup. Rich clubs CANNOT put cash in to ensure a profit it has to be total sales less total costs. Sorry!!!!!!!

      • Goatfacekillah

        July 21, 2011 at 1:56 pm

        You might want to re-read the post you’ve commented on.

  11. giolib

    July 21, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    It’s alright for ‘arry,the cockney spiv to talk about Bellamy, Richards, Adebayor etc but god forbid Mancini talking about Nasri.It’s alright for 1)Arsenal to buy a club in Belgium to filter through non eu nationals to bypass Uk work permit rules.2)£20 million a year shirt deal for the scousers(way above market value considering that they are not even on ch5 on a Thursday).3)Utd spending over £50 million this summer so far,considering they are £746 million in debt.It’s alright for all that corruption,but god forbid for an owner of a football club to keep a club debt free,not only spend on the team,but spend on the regeneration of the surroundig area(more than the gov’t and council have done.
    The red media and blogs have pushed this hatred because of envy,fear and jealousy.

  12. R.S

    July 21, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    “find me one fan who wouldn’t want their team to become the richest over night and I’ll find you a fan that’s lying.”
    Why do people think like this? Being an Arsenal fan there are things that frustrate me at times about my club. But I couldn’t think of anything I’d rather see less than if we were to go down the route of City. Yeah you can jump around because your signing so and so. Revel in the fact that you can suddenly compete with your rivals you have always been so inferior to. But does it really feel that good intrinsically when you have done nothing to earn these things?
    As I sit here watching the England vs India test match it becomes blindingly obvious how cricket is a much more rounded game. People generally form their opnion around what is “good for the game”. When do you ever hear that in football? All anyone in football ever thinks about is whats good for themselves or their team. Most of the players also seem to realize that they are indebted to the game rather than the game being indebted to them. You can see it in all aspects from the players to the fans to the journalist that write about the game.

  13. R.S

    July 21, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    “find me one fan who wouldn’t want their team to become the richest over night and I’ll find you a fan that’s lying.”
    Why do people think like this? Being an Arsenal fan there are things that frustrate me at times about my club. But I couldn’t think of anything I’d rather see less than if we were to go down the route of City. Yeah you can jump around because your signing so and so. Revel in the fact that you can suddenly compete with your rivals you have always been so inferior to. But does it really feel that good intrinsically when you have done nothing to earn these things?
    As I sit here watching the England vs India test match it becomes blindingly obvious how cricket is a much more rounded game. People generally form their opnion around what is “good for the game”. When do you ever hear that in football? All anyone in football ever thinks about is whats good for themselves or their team. Most of the players also seem to realize that they are indebted to the game rather than the game being indebted to them. You can see it in all aspects from the players to the fans to the journalists that write about the game.

    • Brian Cummings

      July 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm

      “But I couldn’t think of anything I’d rather see less than if we were to go down the route of City.”

      Do you not understand that Aresenal, as a wealthy club, have been doing what City are doing now, but for year upon year over the life of the premiership!

      • looneygooner

        July 21, 2011 at 1:50 pm

        what a fool you are, Arsenal are one of only a few who make a profit who are in the black, we spend wisely and still compete, you have to go and spend an absolute fortune just to finish in the top four, even teams like Villa and Spurs have spent more than Arsenal in the PL, every year we yield profit because the club is run within the rules unlike Citeh who will struggle with a fan base that struggles to fill their stadium. you are a rich club because some wealthy Arab bought you and your morals, I for one am glad we don’t have a sugar daddy, we have a board.

  14. kevin smith

    July 21, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    May I remind all those who hate city, for being rich. The world of football today is all about money. By buying players for ridiculous amounts of money City are bringing in revenue for our country. Every deal done to date has been subject to Tax. In times when some economies are under the cosh. We need all the revenue we can get. And to all the so-called southerners who hate City, I will remind you that NO London Club has EVER won the Champions League. City do not intend to be also rans like you! By the way we have won the European cup winners cup, can any London Club better that. And for all you West Ham fans who say you won the World Cup Geoff Hurst was born in Manchester. About 3 miles from City’s ground!

    • Laity

      July 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm

      Yeah.. spurs can.. 2 UEFA cups, 1 cup winners cup.. Arsenal can match it.. Chelsea have won it twice, along with a super cup win.. so, yeah.. its not hard to beat your level of achievement so far..

    • essexian76

      July 21, 2011 at 1:43 pm

      OK, So Spurs won the CL in 99 due to Sheringham’s goal, and again in 68 because Stepney was a Londoner!, you’re an idiot. Football isn’t followed by local people anymore it’s played by different nationalities for a worldwide audience, blow me how dense are you!

  15. Blue Moon

    July 21, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    “The main reason for the hating? City’s £400m acceptance from Etihad to rename the City of Manchester stadium. A huge coincidence considering the Financial Fair Play quotas that recently came in effect.”
    The hate started before this, but yes it did magnify it.

    But basically, here are the reasons why the big clubs are hated:

    Manchester United: Because they’re successful
    Chelsea: Because they’re ambitious and been successful
    Arsenal: Because they’ve been successful (and not because “they’re French”
    Manchester City: Because we’re ambitious
    Liverpool: Cause their fans talk shite

    Jealousy basically.

  16. mcfc Adam

    July 21, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    That Liverpool fan really makes me laugh they are a terrible team in a terrible place a city of smack heads and scum “calm down calm down” hahah come on City lets shut these jealous pricks who are sad enough to comment on a city article why dont you go spout your crap on your own teams forum stop being obsessed with everything we do CTID

  17. lilywhitemike

    July 21, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Tray – yes people did go on at Chelsea when they did it a few years back. To be fair to Man City, they have people who supported them before, unlike Chelsea. But now, both of them are just joke teams who have bought success and not earnt it.

  18. mcfc Adam

    July 21, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    LFCEVO = what a complete an utter tool the club who spent 35 million on Andy Carrol and you feel you have the right to mock us haha pure genuis that one sunshine

  19. mcfc Adam

    July 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    lilywhitemike – haha thats right lets all laugh at you why are you so bothered enough to leave a comment it must really bother you and make your blood boil well get used to it cos were NOT GOING ANYWHERE!!

  20. blue

    July 21, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Love to see all these head-in-the-sand, holier-than-thou hypocrites from arse and martyrland coming on these blogs whining as they see their G14 given right to the CL slip away. Your ill-informed bitterness merely provides entertainment for any fan that knows more about football than you idiots – same goes for the bile-dripping nonsense penned by the author of this drivel.

  21. MCFCBlues79

    July 21, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Not earned their success? What the hell does that mean? Lets not forget that the era of spending millions on established talent was not ushered in by MCFC but, rather, is the reason MCFC has to spend so much money to compete. Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and ManUre supporters forget that they, via their own little arms race, have created an environment that requires non-“Big Four” teams to invest HUGE sums of money just to compete at the top of the table. Hate this environment? Should have had better revenue sharing years ago. Kick off, (the new) bitters.

  22. chopzy

    July 21, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Well, its good to hear some intelligence, mainly coming from the City fans. Lets just be honest with ourselves, people are jealous, bitter and angry that they can see city are progressing faster than any other club. If tottenham or Arsenal get a mega rich owner tomorrow, we shall see these bitters turning their opinions in a matter of seconds. Its sour grapes, simple as that. Most of these opinions are from people who really have no idea about football and read the back page of the star for factual content. Most of these people don;t know how their own club is ran. I doubt many Arsenal fans realised they bought a belgium club. It is details such as these that are missed, I mean will West Ham ever have a feeder club in Belgium. PROBABLY NOT, thats because the gulf in revenue is just unfairly balanced, it has been for decades, it just happens that now the likes fo Arsenal and Man U are starting to feel the pressure. man U are buying their success yet again with millions of pounds being spent on new players. It’s funny that people simply accept this as acceptable, no one ever questions it, people are conditioned to accept it as normal. But none of these new players for the top four clubs have come through the academys and neither have had an affiliation with their new clubs. Everyone is buying success, you simply can’t produce enough quality in the academys. Why don’t we switch our name to Mansenal and go and poach every other french player we can get our grubby hands on.

  23. gary

    July 21, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    lol look at all the city fans getting really angry man the truth hurts buying the prem and champs league does not make you a sucess get a grip without this money you would be relegation fodder!! m u forever

  24. Norman

    July 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Football success has always been influenced by money and always will be. You folk need to be honest with yourselves and accept that the real reason you “hate” Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester (City & Utd) or whoever, is due to them being more successful than your own club. The “reasons” you suggest are simply to justify coming second to those that you “hate”. None of you would care how much was being spent by any number of clubs if your own club were winning trophies.

  25. essexian76

    July 21, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    I think the point most City and Chelsea fans miss, is simply that well run and profitable clubs such as Spurs and Arsenal have, through dillegence and good practice built up sound and solid clubs only to see all their endeavours over-shadowed by the two mentioned, who’ve over-inflated the market value of players and their wages, causing other’s to compete on unequal terms. I could easily state that when Jack Walker and Blackburn did the same, the first to moan and spit,were United over Shearer namely. Man City and Chelsea wouldn’t have only because at that time they were insignificant!

  26. MCFCBlues79

    July 21, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    lol look at all the scum fans getting angry and moving the goal posts because the truth is, they are scared. “Waaaahhhhh, success is only success if you build in on the back of using tragedy to engender pity and to gain market share.” Sorry scum, City won’t stoop to that level.

  27. spurs

    July 21, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    this article makes perfect economic sense. its i pay my money to my own club which in return returns to my pocket fantastic bit of cheating. mancity are and will remain the biggest cheats in football history. no wonder their plan to invest millions in crap seemed to take every1 by surprise as with the FFP regulations. smartasses unfortunately they’r caught. adios city crap.

    • BIG CITY

      July 21, 2011 at 2:06 pm

      City fans just point and laugh in their faces when they start their whining its so much more fun. Go ahead SCUM spend your millions even though you just won the title but no you never bought anything to succeed. liverFoools are just that FOols. 35mil for Carrot…wats up doc

  28. holistic view

    July 21, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    It’s not that anyone is jealous of the money that any other club has, or even that success is being bought as that is intrinsically how every club gets ahead. The reason fans from other clubs are upset is mainly due to what is obviously a deliberate attempt to get round the pending fair play rules. what hits home to me and many others is that they have not even made an attempt to cover it up, reason it away because it is so very transparent. I personally was happy to live with massive spending to get them to a competitive position and then conform to the spirit of the fiar play agreement. Until now they had done nothing wrong they simply had more money than anyone else but this turn of events has a simple concise label attached to it – ‘cheating’. Much the same way Ambramovich converted all the loans Chelsea owed him personally and would I be surprised that other players dont do exactly the same thing Man City has done in which case it does nothing to close the gap around disproportionate spending to income but increases it still further.
    Whats more it’s a short sighted view from Man City fans to think they will always be top of the tree in the income liquidity stakes given the change in that position we have seen over the last decade. It will be interesting to reflect later down the line if that position changes. I think they have laid a massive template out to the likes of Barcelona/Real Madrid etc (even Chelsea, Man U, liverpool and surprisingly Arsenal (2 billionaire owners but a frugal manager)) to get round the rules. Just suppose Arsenal get a ‘stadium’ naming rights deal from Usmanov and one of his companies for £800M or if the glazers get their ‘mates’to do something similar – are they being finacially clever or simply cheating to their own ends – smells like a game of monoply here and the banker has his hands in the till…. takes me back to my youth – always be the banker 🙂

  29. Ray

    July 21, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    As a Spurs fan, I dont begrudge City their moment in the sunshine because God and everyone else knows that they’ve won bugger all for so long prior to last seasons FA cup triumph over Stoke. I’ve even heard Chelsea fans knocking City and that made me laugh as well. What I do detest is those self same City fans giving it large that they are now the greatest club on the face of the earth and will slay all before them. Money obviously buy’s you success as ManU has proven and Chelsea since the Russian bought them. Chelsea had virtually done bugger all either for many years and were a hairs breath from going under but the Russians money changed that and I have no doubt that the same will happen at City. As for a blogger by the name of Kevin Smith who asked if any London club can beat Citys one European Cup Winners Cup. Yes Spurs can, not only have we won the European Cup Winners Cup but also two UEFA Cups as well. I’m also pretty sure both Arsenal and Chelsea can beat your one measly cup as well. People like Kevin Smith are prime examples of the ignorance of some City supporters and you’ve got to take pity on them bless em. The arrogance is already setting in, you Chealse fans will know all about that.

  30. sheikhmansourmylord

    July 21, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    MCFCBlues79 – success is only success if you build in on the back of using tragedy to engender pity and to gain market share.” – Could not have written that any better myself. When we were first took over in 2008 I will agree that we didnt have the pedigree to attract top name players the only way we were going to attract players is by paying nearly double the amount for them than for example united would have to pay and pay them large wages there may have been some players atracted by the ambition of the owners and where the club would be in the future again for example Kompany , De Jong. Now With the way the club has been in the last 12 months players are now going to be joining not just for money but to be part of something big and hopefully succesful we are a club going forward and I firmly believe will have got over the first hurdle and will be a top succesful english club for many years. In 2008 when we were first took over if Robinho was offered £90,000 a week at City and £90,000 at say chelsea where would he go? the fact is we had to spend big to build a name and its not just our fault the market is inflated there are a number of clubs who are to blame if it wasnt us it would have been somebody else but you can envy as much as you like the fact is we dont care

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