Nick March* is a man of few words, at least by comparison with our first City previewer, Martin Haworth. But six of those words – his projected top four order: Man City, Chelsea, Man Utd, Arsenal – will delight Martin’s New Age critics who saw his sense of proportion as belonging to another, pre-Abu Dhabi world. Nick, himself living and working in the UAE capital, casts a long-distance eye over the Eastlands revolution …
Salut! Sunderland Tell us whether it suddenly felt different being a Man City fan in Abu Dhabi after the takeover
It didn’t feel any different until Roberto Mancini took over as City boss last December. Up until then we were still just the same old City, albeit with a few decent players in the squad. The change of manager seems only to have heightened expectations.
And is this the season when City simply must step up to the plate and deliver, after all that Arabian gold?
Top four would appear to be the absolute minimum and a decent run in at least one cup competition is essential. It’s been 30 years since we last made an appearance in a Wembley cup final of any substance. Now is the time to start putting that record right. But, as ever with City, we hope for the best and fear the worst.
Does the club’s development excite or worry you?
You can only be excited by what’s going on and anyone who says otherwise must be fibbing. City are very lucky to have such a benevolent owner.
Were you a Hughes man? In what way has his departure affected City’s play and progress and how will he do at Fulham?
It was a very sad day when he left the club. Mind you, I’m not sure our season would have ended differently if Hughes had been in charge, I think fifth was a fair reflection of our form. I’m sure he will do well at Fulham, he is a proven manager in the Premiership.
Name the best players you’ve seen in City shirts – and worst
The best is a bit of a moveable feast but at the moment I’d have to say Carlos Tevez, Paul Lake, Uwe Rosler, Colin Bell and Georgi Kinkladze. The worst? Too many to mention, fortunately not too many have appeared recently.
Any thoughts on individual SAFC players, or City-Sunderland clashes of the past?
Can’t help thinking back to the final game of the 1990-91 season and a 3-2 home victory over your boys courtesy of a Niall Quinn double. You packed the old Platt Lane stand too. What a great day and I was sorry to see you go down.
Hand of heart, where will you finish this season and what about Sunderland and Newcastle?
Has to be top four. Sunderland and Newcastle both in the bottom half.
Give us the season’s top four in order, and the bottom three.
Man City, Chelsea, Man Utd, Arsenal (why not?)
Wigan, Blackpool, West Ham
Everyone wants a wealthy benefactor to come along and propel their club to great things. But does all the money sloshing around in football, with the attendant risk in current economic climes of a really spectacular collapse by a big name, disturb you in any way?
Of course it does, too many clubs are living way beyond their means. Then again, that has always been the case hasn’t it?
And what about the World Cup? Was it as dreadful as we tend to recall, or even worse?
It was terrible, wasn’t it? Don’t even want to think about it. As ever, the tournament got better when England went home.
Showsport for you on Sunday?. Do you have a favourite place to watch live footie and what will be the score?
Not any more. Abu Dhabi Media Company has acquired the Premier League rights for the next three seasons so I’ll be buying a new satellite box to watch the match. Generally I watch the footie at home on the sofa now. As for the score, I’m sticking my neck out for a 2-0 win for City this weekend.
Nick March on Nick March – I work for The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi. Been a City fan for far too long and over the years watched my team beat Barcelona and lose to Stockport County. I blog about City at