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  1. Sailing Towards the Light

    Simon Curtis

    Before the good ship Manchester City veers back out to sea to navigate the choppy local waters just off Sunderland, it might be worth spending a few relaxed moments to take in the majestic view off the aft deck, as the sun goes down over another week...

    Blog | November 07, 2013
  2. Engineering works

    Simon Curtis

    Manuel Pellegrini has had little time to come to terms with the hurly-burly of the Premier League: the helter-skelter, the thud and blunder, the tired, bruised ball and the gasping spectators. He is not the youngest coach to arrive on the shores of A...

    Blog | October 06, 2013
  3. A responsibility to the aesthetic

    Simon Curtis

    "A responsibility to the aesthetic." These are the words of Manuel Pellegrini, the man gifted with the unenviable task of carrying Manchester City up to new and previously unvisited heights in the coming season. Whether aesthetics, given City's so...

    Blog | July 19, 2013
  4. Man City - failure, transition and reignition

    Simon Curtis

    If City's early activity in the 2013 summer transfer market has any direct roots, they can perhaps be traced straight back to two troubling episodes: firstly, the failure to land any of the club's principle targets the summer before and, secondly, th...

    Blog | June 24, 2013
  5. For what we are about to receive

    Simon Curtis

    Dear Manuel, It is apt in these situations to welcome the new incumbent to the hottest of English football hotseats with a few mots justes. Unfortunately, as the lady that usually does this quite adequately is on holiday this week, spare week in o...

    Blog | June 14, 2013
  6. Story of a Season: Part Two - Priority Change

    Simon Curtis

    If Ajax cleans brightest, then City were in need of industrial strength bleach to clean up their Champions League act, once their two games with the Amsterdammers had been played. A dismal and lethargic 3-1 defeat in Holland was followed by a sloppy ...

    Blog | June 13, 2013
  7. Manhattan transfer

    Simon Curtis

    If any of us had been party to City CEO Ferran Soriano's pre-US Tour blue thinking speech to trusted Manchester City insiders, it probably would have gone something along the lines of this: "Let's try and woo the American public. Let's be pro-active,...

    Blog | May 27, 2013
  8. The curtain comes down - with railing attached

    Simon Curtis

    The rich tradition of slapstick last-day-of-the-season performances that the supporters of Manchester City have been brought up on over the years was held in high respect again on Sunday as Norwich City, a side that has won at City only twice in its ...

    Blog | May 19, 2013
  9. The rain falls down on a humdrum town

    Simon Curtis

    As the rains came tumbling down Tuesday on this neat little patch of green in Berkshire, it was difficult not to think the Football Gods had sent at least some of the downpour to wash away the grief of another Manchester City managerial tragi-theatre...

    Blog | May 14, 2013
  10. Grazie Mille, Roberto

    Simon Curtis

    It is not exactly anything new for football clubs -- any football club, and especially our own spotlessly shiny Manchester City -- to be accused of shabby manoeuvring and low-hand skullduggery with its managers, so FA Cup final weekend's inglorious t...

    Blog | May 13, 2013
  11. Off the end of the pier

    Simon Curtis

    The near horizontal wind-driven rain stinging the faces of the faithful as we escaped as swiftly as was humanly possible from Wembley's suffocating embrace, acted as the final indignity to those who had arrived in good voice and light heart in this d...

    Blog | May 12, 2013
  12. Making sure the Emperor's clothes fit

    Simon Curtis

    Roberto Mancini rides uncomfortably on the horns of a dilemma that may well prick a decent-sized hole in his Giorgio Armani suit if he doesn't get his decisions just right for the suddenly vital match with West Brom on Tuesday. Without warning, fr...

    Blog | May 06, 2013
  13. Remember who City are

    Simon Curtis

    It is said that divorce and moving to a new house are two of the most distressing processes for the human species to go through. They both cause a combination of the following feelings in many of us: Despair. Relief. Disorientation Frustration. Elati...

    Blog | April 24, 2013
  14. That End of Term Feeling

    Simon Curtis

    School's about to break up for the summer. To be frank, lessons have become a bit of a drag. You're not going to finish top of the class but you have secured your place in the high grade for next term. You will once again be spouting poetry and firin...

    Blog | April 21, 2013
  15. Brave blue battlers bring back the bacon

    Simon Curtis

    As Kun Aguero shot across the edge of the 18-yard box with three United defenders in his wake, it was hard not to think of Diego Maradona in his pomp. That low centre of gravity, the pumping oak-tree thighs, the hapless defenders hanging onto his...

    Blog | April 08, 2013
  16. More of this and less of that for Man City

    Simon Curtis

    During this simple exercise in trotting and maintaining equilibrium, a little scenario at the end of the first half of the 4-0 win against Newcastle summed up Manchester City's long struggle of a season. Not the first goal, a sudden, heartwarming ...

    Blog | March 30, 2013