Our friend Oliver Holt let us know last week that City’s FA cup win was a sign of a shift in power in the game.
While I agree that the FA Cup win was a major achievement for City, I think it is laughable that it in any way suggests a shift in power.
I agree that this summer City are likely to spend more cash than Prince Harry on a weekend trip to Amsterdam, but will this really bring them more success? I ask the question because in the past two years they have spent almost £300 million. This outlay has gained them a possible third place finish and an FA cup.
Also, it is hard to see where they will strengthen. They might go for a replacement for their £16 million bargain Aleksandar Kolarov at left back. They also may go for another winger with many suggesting they will pay over the odds to get Alexis Sanchez or sign the best player ever to have played football, Gareth Bale. I am also sure they will go back to Kolo Toure to partner Vincent Kompany, after he has lost all that weight of course.
Another thing is the fact they may have to sell and replace Carlos Tevez. Hate him as much as I do, he is a world class player and probably City’s best player, when he’s not homesick. There are only a few players in the world who could come in without reducing the quality of the team. Most of these players seem happy at their clubs. This means City may have to go with Edin Dzeko. Even the most die hard City fans will agree that he has hardly lit up the Premiership since his £27 million move.
We should also look at the recent past winners of the FA cup.
Firstly, lets look at Portsmouth. Led by a manager who has just suffered his second relegation in the last two seasons, Portsmouth won the famous trophy in 2008. Surely this was the start of years of success for Portsmouth? No. They sunk quicker than my opinion of Mark Hughes after he took the City job. They now find themselves in the bottom half of the Championship and would be unable to even afford the Brasso to polish an FA Cup.
Next, lets look at Arsenal. They won the Cup in 2005. Was this the start of trophy laden seasons? No. The FA was the last piece of silverware they won. They have gone six years without winning anything, even though they have the best young side in the world apparently. There was a shift of power after their win though. Spurs have had more success than Arsenal in the past 6 years, winning a Carling Cup and going further than them in this seasons Champions League.
The year after that it was Liverpool’s turn to lift the trophy. This had to be the return to the good old days at Anfield. It was a FACT! That Rafa was going to guide Liverpool in overthrowing Manchester United as the Premiership’s dominant force. No. In fact, the only Silverware lifted in Liverpool since 2006 was when H. Samuel got ram-raided.
While winning the FA cup is a step in the right way for City, only time will tell whether there will be a shift in power or not. If I had some advice for City fans it would be this, don’t bank on it while Sir Alex Ferguson is still around.