Going back to last week there was a debate on Blue Tuesday about the supposed media witch hunt on City. Neil Custis of the Sun was in the studio and despite being given at least half a dozen examples of deplorable reporting (not necessarily in The Sun) including the farcical article ‘good guys (united) winning over bad guys (City)‘ after the Community Shield game was adamant that there no such situation was evident. “Something you have to put up with now being a top club". There was a very fair, and balanced recorded message by top Blue Sean Riley on the subject concluding that the media loved united because of the money generated by them. Custis resorted to insulting Sean, who was obviously not present in the studio calling his views preposterous, adding “what is this guy on” Obviously rattled. Sean’s wife Jane penned Custis this e-mail without Sean R’s knowledge :
I thought I would drop you a line following your appearance on Blue Tuesday last night.The main reason I’m emailing is to enquire whether you regret dismissing the opinion of one of the fans interviewed (Sean Riley) as preposterous? Firstly though let me tell you one or two things about Sean Riley. He hasn't missed a City game for 23 years - and when I say a City game - I mean every game, home and away, domestic and European (I realise the European element has been in the latter years, I'll say it for you). He's articulate, knowledgeable, immensely decent, and moreover he's one of the best City fans, and people, that anyone is ever lucky enough to meet. Now to dismiss one man’s opinion as preposterous is perhaps negligible as far as alienating a readership is concerned, but unhappily, for you anyway, Sean was expressing the opinion of every City fan the world over. Implausible? Fraid not. Every City fan is indeed of the opinion that not only is there an agenda to rubbish and deride everything that Manchester City are trying to achieve, but also this agenda incorporates a manifesto to promote as much goodwill propaganda regarding Manchester United as is practicable. Now, again, you may dismiss all this as paranoia, but these are your potential consumers, and no matter what you protest to the contrary, this IS the opinion that they all hold. Manchester City are going to be a force in football, and their fans recognise this already. The media clearly don’t, so here's a radical idea - instead of bleating and protesting that the media love all things Manchester City and Mancini, why don’t you and your newspaper blaze a trail and create a new brand of media reporting, that doesn't include worshipping at the altar of Manchester United. Best regards
So well done the lovely Jane. Apparently Neil has now made some sort of apology to Sean on Twitter.
In the programme I thought Custis, defended his own corner rather than relating to that of the general media, and missed the point.
Anyway, on to Thursday night and Sporting. Chatted to a couple of their fans who thought like myself that “anything could happen” “You are very strong” they said “ But we’re not playing well” I replied. I still thought we’d do it though. Sporting fans let off flares and were surrounded by stewards, and also had good chanting with their posh fans in the exec bit of the Colin Bell Stand. Annoying but impressive. The rags went out at Bilbao so a great opportunity for the Blues to put one over them and progress. Well you know the rest. So much for me going on about Johno being left out at Swansea! Two stupid goals down then great fightback which was commendable but to no avail in the end, and how their goalie got away with his disgraceful timewasting as in the first leg, doesn’t bear thinking about.
Sunday we just waited for the inevitable to happen at Wolves and we’re now 4 points adrift with a minimal goal difference. What’s the betting when we play Wolves they have new manager syndrome?
Stuff is coming in for KK 196 and it’s looking good already.
PS Looks like Jack has Jacked off, further to the responses from fellow bloggers!
Finally – our thoughts go out to Bolton player Muamba and his family and hope he makes a speedy recovery from his heart attack which evokes memories of Marc Foe and the most chilling scene I’ve ever witnessed at Maine Road - that of Paul Lake swallowing his tongue v Bradford.
Get well soon mate.