It has become something of a received wisdom within the present day that the mainstream media exist as the pinnacle of what is possible in sports journalism. Whilst it is not in our interest to reject this assumption, here at A Team of John O’Sheas we believe that some of the most perceptive insight regarding the top teams in the country comes from the fans themselves.
In the course of this podcast series, we will be bringing together some of the most influential fans from across the Premier League to give you the low-down on the teams that they watch week in, week out. We’ll look back over the season just gone, try to get a handle on the transfer activity that rumbles on through the summer month, and look forwards to the next season which, as always, seems to creep up on us with ever increasing speed.
In this episode, we’re heading back to the city in which we opened this podcast series: Manchester. Set in the heart of the North of the country, Manchester boasts two sides both alike in dignity. However, this has not always been the case: less than twenty years ago, City dropped into the third tier of English football. A few changes of ownership later and the club are now back at the top of the highest division of English football with a couple of Premier League titles under their belts. Of course, it is fairly unlikely Manchester City would have been able to achieve this recent success without the handy financial backing of Sheikh Mansour. This gives Manchester City the curious privilege of having been both a “sleeping giant” and a “plastic club” within recent memory. But this ambiguity of identity is what make City so interesting: even after an extended period of time back in the Premier League, the club are still coming to terms with how to express itself. On the field it is no different: a new manager touted to be amongst the best in the world had what can only be described as a disappointing season. Will the next season see City finally adopting a coherent personality? Or will they continue to drift?
Joining us on this episode is one of the biggest names in the world of Manchester City punditry. Nico Morales is a freelance journalist and host of the Weekly Rondo podcast. His work has been featured on NBCSN and he currently writes the occasional piece for ESD analysis and his own medium. Thank you for coming on today.
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