Mancini and Ferguson 'cut from the same cloth'
- Sun 20 May 2012, 9:43AM
- Posted by Chris Eccles
Brian Kidd has been speaking about the progress being made at City and his admiration for manager Roberto Mancini.
Having won the league with both Manchester clubs, Kidd gives a valuable insight into the parallels between the two managers whilst revealing that he celebrated winning the title with a cup of tea.
"Boring anorak that I am, I went to see my kids and grandkids and had a cup of tea. They were the ones I wanted to share it with, the ones who have been behind me all the time."
Roberto Mancini is credited by his assistant manager with having the same winning personality and desire as Sir Alex Ferguson.
Roberto isn't afraid to make big decisions, and top players and big personalities don't frighten him. He knows how to handle players and how to handle himself
Former City player, Gary Owen has been defending The Blues' transfer policy in The Mirror, stating that other clubs established a trend for high transfer fees, including our neighbours at Old Trafford.
"They [United] have broken the transfer record on a number of occasions, including spending £30m on a defender, Rio Ferdinand, 10 years ago. That’s still a huge fee today. They paid premium high transfers for the likes of Andy Cole, Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney and spent a lot more on signings last summer, and that’s what we all have to do to achieve success."
In transfer news, City are being linked with Montpellier's Moroccan midfielder Younes Belhanda with The Daily Star saying a £25 million deal is being lined up.
Elsewhere, City continue to be linked with usual suspects Eden Hazard and Robin Van Persie although there will be strong competition from other clubs according to this morning's press. The Sun report that Chelsea aim to move for Belgian midfielder Hazard whilst The Mirror say Guus Hiddink's Anzhi Makhachkala want to sign Van Persie.
In last night's Champions League Final, ex Blues Jerome Boateng and Daniel Van Buyten were unable to make home advantage count for Bayern, meaning that Chelsea, and not Tottenham, will be joining City in next season's competition.
At the end of a week when just about everybody has been talking about Manchester City, Albion Rovers manager Paul Martin is using last week's dramatic season finale to inspire his players in their playoff game against Stranraer. Good luck Paul, glad we could be of some help.
The Blues have even made an appearance on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour this week, with a fascinating feature on club founder Anna Connell.