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Would you want a Manchester City style owner?

11:27 am
For the first time in ages, our board have taken a conservative stance on the transfer market. Thus far, no £15+ million players have signed up. Looking back at what £15+ million has got us in the past, this may be a good thing.

The transfer market has gone a bit off the rails and even though we are still linked with all and sundry, there has been no movement. To be honest, with the money we've spent in the last 3 seasons, I can see why Levy is being quite reserved.

After reading that our owner, Mr. Lewis, has bought up a large stake in the Mitchell’s & Butler pub group, I had hoped that he would swing some of his cash our way. Wishful thinking? Course it was.

So it got me thinking. How would I feel if a rich somebody came into the picture and had the will and the way to sign up as much talent as possible? If we had the same sort of cash as Manchester City do and we went in for the players they've signed, do you think Gareth Barry would have picked them over us? What about Tevez? Would he have come to us instead?

It's all relative I suppose.

The good news is that our club is run properly. We are the richest club in the world never to have played in the Champions League. I'm not too sure if that's something we should be bragging about, but never mind.

I suppose that with the outlay the City owners have spent, they will want results and fast. Wanting results normally means a higher turnover in managers, which we've all seen at Chelsea (and us), simply doesn't work.

So am I happy with our current regime? Funnily enough, I am. I'd take our business model over the Manchester City one. I also wish them the best of luck in the world in dislodging Arsenal from the 4th spot perch. I think they'll need our well wishes as money can't buy luck.



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Where will it all end for City?

10:28 am
So Carlos Tévez has ended up at Manchester City. His move from Old Trafford to Eastlands should come as no surprise, as the Citizens’ desire to sign Tévez on massive wages was hard for the player to ignore. City’s recruitment drive is dominating the summer’s transfer activity and it shows no sign of slowing down. Can City really upset the football odds and challenge for major honours this season?

Tévez joins Gareth Barry and Roque Santa Cruz as major summer signings at Eastlands, a batch of purchases to go alongside those financed last season by the Abu Dhabi United Group of Robinho, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Wayne Bridge, Shay Given, Nigel de Jong and Craig Bellamy. Not a bad list of new talent by anyone’s standards.

More optimistic bids for Kaká and Samuel Eto’o have been dismissed by the targets themselves, but the fact John Terry remains a viable signing suggests City are capable of attracting the big names, as they did with Robinho and Tévez. Emmanuel Adebayor has attracted interest from the top leagues but looks like ending up in Manchester (pending a medical and work permit submission).

Chelsea were the last team to ‘buy the league’, but their success under José Mourinho was built upon a strong base. The Blues were a regular presence in the top six in the years before Roman Abramovich arrived.

Similarly, Blackburn Rovers, often remembered as one-hit wonders thanks to Jack Walker’s millions in 1994/95, were already title challengers, finishing fourth and second in the seasons before they edged out United for the title.

City flirted with relegation more than European qualification last term and although they had some decent talent in place before the money rolled in, they have much more work to do to become title challengers than Blackburn or Chelsea did. The top clubs are becoming increasingly strong and hard to overhaul.

All this suggests this season will be a transition campaign for the Citizens and there is a real chance of mid-season instability – if the new signings do not gel immediately and another slow start is suffered, the owners’ patience with Mark Hughes might run out.

However, City are virtually guaranteed to be a top half club fighting for a top six finish. This has an impact on Spurs, as our aim should be to get back in the European football places. Everton and Aston Villa are sure to be competitive again but it is City who are most likely to block our path to fifth place and possibly higher.
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Which 3 players will sign?

12:45 pm
So then, the end of season rumpus is once again on us and it looks as though our manager has started the merry go round all on his own.

He's said that he'll need approximately £30 million to spend on the 3 players he's identified to really push on our squad. But he'll also have to sell around 4 players.

Let's begin with the players that will be leaving. We believe that Darren Bent & Tom Huddlestone will be sold to Villa in a deal that will bring Gareth Barry to Spurs. But of course, this relies on whether Barry want to move to us in the first instance.

David Bentley will also be moved on, but I can't see which side in the Premier League will take him on?

We can see Alan Hutton being the forth player moved on by Harry. Rangers are making all the right noises in an attempt to get him back and now that they've won the league, the transfer fee shouldn't be to much of a problem, although forget us making a profit on him, or even recouping what we shelled out for him.

When it comes to the players Harry wants in, expect him to bust a gut in getting Glen Johnson & Peter Crouch.

If Hutton & Bent do depart, the above two are exactly what Harry will want.

If the Barry deal doesn't come off, and to be honest, we can't see it happening, then expect us to go for Muntari.

Yes we've all read that he's not interested in leaving Inter, but we also remember reading in July 2008 that a certain Roman Pavlyuchenko wanted to sign for a Champions League side only and wasn't at all interested in Tottenham Hotspur.

To sum up, we believe that Glen Johnson, Peter Crouch & Sulley Muntari or Gareth Barry are the players Harry Redknapp has in mind.

With Modric playing well on the left, and with Gareth Bale as another left wing option, we can't see Harry trying to fill in that spot.
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